WhatsApp will stop working on iOS 10 and iOS 11, as well as the other phones of Manzana that cannot be updated to iOS 12. This restriction will begin to take effect from next October 24.
The instant messaging app used to stop supporting some versions of operating systems of Android and iOS considered obsolete. This practice allows the platform to keep updating and introducing new features.
Those who do not have the latest compatible versions may have difficulty accessing the new features or, if they access them, they may use them with limitations. It all depends on the case.
In this case, as advanced by the specialized portal WABetainfoWhatsApp will no longer be compatible with the version of the operating system iOS 10 and iOS 11. In addition, it will stop working on iPhone 5 and 5c as well, as they cannot be updated to iOS 12.
The change means that all users with an iPhone 6 onwards will still be able to access the messaging service, but they will need to update the version of the operating system to iOS 12 to do so.
WhatsApp will stop supporting these phones and versions of iOS as of October 24. For its part, the app’s Help Center recommends users to use iOS 12 and newer versions if they want to have guaranteed access to the service.
WhatsApp has already stopped working on these devices:
At the end of March the cell phones with operating system iOS 9 or earlier versions, Android 4.04 or earlier, and editions prior to KaiOS 2.4 no longer support WhatsApp. This is due to a system update that the messaging service does every year.
Like other technology companies, every year we identify which are the most outdated devices and software and those with fewer users to decide what we stop supporting. It is also possible that those devices do not have the most recent security updates or the functionality required to run WhatsApp, ”explained in the official blog of the service.
How to know what operating system the mobile has? In the case of iPhoneyou have to go to General configuration and then press “Information”. This will display the software version that is installed on the computer.
In the case of Android You have to go to Settings or Configuration then press where it says “About of the phone” and opt for “software information”. That is the route in general terms, although there may be some variation depending on the model and brand of cell phone.
Besides, WhatsApp notifies the user, in advance, when their operating system will no longer be supported and reminds you, in different instances, to update it.
What happens if WhatsApp is still used after the end of March on a mobile that has an unsupported operating system? The service will work with failures, since the equipment will not be ready to support the new updates that the system introduces. And as time goes by, the situation will become more and more difficult as the application adds new updates over time.
As users, the only option to update the operating system is by downloading the latest versions published by the manufacturers. In the case of very old models, companies stop updating their systems and then there is no option to have updated versions.