Popular messaging platform WhatsApp will soon be unavailable to millions of users when it cuts support for certain phones.
This week the universally used app quietly revealed that it will be ending support for Nokia S40, Android Gingerbread and iOS 7.
Currently 1.5 million people worldwide use the platform, but this number will alter over the next two years as the changes are implemented, reports MirrorOnline.
The announcement was made via an update to an old blog post by the company.
Called 'Support for older operating systems', the post states that the following operating systems will no longer be compatible with the app:
- Nokia S40
- Android versions 2.3.7 and older
- iOS 7 and older
People with these operating systems will be unable to create new accounts, but can continue to use the app until support ends.
This will be on December 31 of this year for Nokia users and February 1, 2020 for Android and iOS.
WhatsApp warned that some of the app's features may stop working in the meantime as they are no longer "actively developing" for the operating systems.
They recommended users with these systems upgrade to a newer version such as iOs 8+, Andoid OS 4.0+ or Windows Phone 8.1+.
Those that do this should keep in mind that their previous conversations may be lost as there's currently no option to transfer chat history between phones.
However you can choose to have your chats sent to you in an email.
Other operating systems WhatsApp has already stopped working with
- Android versions older than 2.3.3
- Windows Phone 8.0 and older
- iPhone 3GS/iOS 6
- Nokia Symbian S60
- BlackBerry OS and BlackBerry 10
In happier news, WhatsApp recently announced they would be launching a new feature, that a few lucky users are now getting to try.
This was the ability to have group video chats, seeing and talking to multiple people at once.
It's impossible to say with any certainty when the feature will be available for the majority of users. A gradual rollout allows companies to fine-tune their features and catch early bugs or issues.
Eager users can get on board by signing up for the WhatsApp beta - a test version of the app that gets newer features ahead of the main version.