Oyogist has learned that Popular messaging app, WhatsApp has announced that it would no longer support a list of Android devices starting from today, November 1.
As a result of the update, any user with unsupported devices would loose all their chats if they have not yet been backed up and exported.
WhatsApp also urged its users to switch to a supported device and continue using its instant messaging service.
Devices running on Android 4.1 and later are amongst the list of supported devices for the app.
WhatsApp also supports newer iOS as well as KaiOS operating systems.
Through an updated FAQ page, WhatsApp has announced that it will no longer support phones running on Android 4.0.4 and older versions from Monday.”
Affected users are advised to switch to a supported device and save their chat history before the deadline reaches.
See How to check if WhatsApp is ending support for your Android device:
WhatsApp generally hasn’t given an update on which devices will no longer be supported by its app.
Nevertheless, You can as well check whether WhatsApp is ending support for your Android device by following the steps below.Go to Settings > About phone.
Scroll down to look for the Android version running on your device.If it’s Android 4.0.4 or lower, you should look to switch to a device with a higher version of Android.
If it isn’t, then you’re good to go.Just in case if you are among the affected users, ensure that you export your chat history by taking a backup of your chats or through exporting separate individual or group chats.
For backup, you can go to Settings > Chats > Chat backup > Back up from the WhatsApp settings.
You can also export an individual or group chat by opening that chat and taping the three-dot menu from the top-right corner of your screen. You will now have to tap More > Export chat.