WhatsApp To Stop Working On Millions Of Phones From December 31– What To Do If Yours Is On The List

WhatsApp revealed just this month that its messaging app will stop working on Windows smartphones this month and some android smartphones by December 31. WhatsApp Inc. made this known with the statement:

“You’ll no longer be able to use all Windows Phone operating systems after December 31, 2019, and WhatsApp might not be available in the Microsoft Store after July 1, 2019.”

 

Once a version of WhatsApp is no longer supported, features stop working, after support is ended, but could stop functioning at any moment afterwards.

 

Windows phone owners and some Android phone owners are going to be disappointed as WhatsApp will also stop working on several Android smartphones and iPhones next year.

As such, latest by February 1, 2020, people using Android versions 2.3.7 or older will not be able to create new whatsapp accounts or re-verify existing whatsapp accounts. Same applies to users of iPhones running on iOS 8 or older.

 

Microsoft, the Windows phone operating system manufacturers has decided to end support for the Windows phone OS due to a lack of market penetration and disinterest of app developers to support the Windows phone OS . Microsoft advised people to invest in iOS and Android devices instead.

 

 

 

 

List of Phones and Phone OS Versions WhatsApp Will Support

 

Here is a list of operating systems whatsapp will support from December 31st;

 

  • Android running OS 4.0.3+
  • iPhone running iOS 9+
  • Select phones running KaiOS 2.5.1+, including JioPhone and JioPhone 2

 

You can check the official list here ;  List of Phones and Phone OS Versions WhatsApp Will Support 

 

 

 

What To Do If Your Smart Phone Is Affected

 

Here is what to do if whatsapp does not support your phone any longer;

 

  1. If you are an android phone user and your phone is not on the last Android update limit, update your Android version to the latest version.
  2. If you are an iPhone user and your phone is not on the last Android update limit, update your Android version to the latest version.
  3. If your phone cannot be updated to the latest version or you have a windows phone, then the only option is to backup your chats and get a phone that whatsapp supports.

 

 

 

 

How To Backup Selected Whatsapp Chats To Migrate To A New Phone

 

Here is how to backup your whatsapp chats and get a phone that whatsapp supports. Afterwards you can import the chats you on your new phone

 

If you are a Windows phone user and want to save your chat history before it’s gone then do this.

  1. Open the chat you wish to export.
  2. Then click on ‘Group Info’.
  3. Then scroll down and click ‘Export Chat’.
  4. This gives you the option to download the chat with or without media.

 

 

If you are a Android phone user and want to save your chat history before it’s gone then do this.

  1. Open the chat you wish to export.
  2. Then click on the three dots at the top right corner of your chat.
  3. Then scroll down and click ‘Export Chat’.
  4. This gives you the option to download the chat with or without media.

 

 

 

 

How To Backup Your Entire Whatsapp To Restore To Your New phone

 

You can as well backup your entire whatsapp to restore to your new phone, here is how to backup your entire whatsapp to restore to your new phone.

 

  1. Open whatsapp
  2. Click on the three dots at the top right corner the app.
  3. Select Settings
  4. Click on chats
  5. Then select “chat backup”
  6. Then click on the “Backup” button to backup your entire whatsapp including all media (images, videos, documents etc) Note that this will several megabytes depending on the size of your whatsapp data.
  7. To restore the backup onto a new phone, first download whatsapp.
  8. Then activate it with the same number that was in the old phone.
  9. You will see a notice to restore the entire backup
  10. Just accept and the entire whatsapp will be restored on your new phone. Everything will look just like it was on the old phone. Note that this will several megabytes depending on the size of your whatsapp data.

 

 

 

For Further Assistance; Visit Whatsapp’s Official Page

 

Here is how to export your chat history on:

 

  1. Android
  2.  iPhone
  3.  Windows Phone

 

 

 

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