If you are one of the millions of WhatsApp users who are still using an older smartphone, the news I am about to share is not a good one. According to the information available on the official website, there are a number of smartphones that will stop supporting the WhatsApp app.
There is nothing wrong with your smartphone. It should work the same as before. But WhatsApp will stop working with your device. Starting February 1, 2020, the WhatsApp team will withdraw support for older Android and iOS smartphones.
The new information which is available in the FAQ section of WhatsApp’s official website, all the smartphones that are still running Android 2.3.7 or a lower version will not support WhatsApp APK. If you are wondering, Apple iPhone users are also not spared from this exclusion list. A number of iOS devices running on iOS 8 and lower will also not get WhatsApp support.
One might wonder what if they keep using the older version of the app, well, I doubt the case. WhatsApp clearly mentioned that these old smartphones can no longer create new accounts, nor re-verify existing accounts after the due date.
If you are a Windows Phone user, you might already be aware that WhatsApp will completely stop supporting all the Windows smartphones on December 31, 2019. It is the same day when Microsoft is also ending its support for the Windows Phone operating system.
I don’t see any alternative for Windows and iPhone users except upgrading their devices to either Android 4.0.3+ OS or iOS 9+. However, Android users may still use some third-party apps such as YOWhatsApp APK that work more or less the same as official WhatsApp. However, this is not a permanent solution. You will also need to upgrade your device sooner or later.
You can follow this guide to install YOWhatsApp APK as an alternative. This is a popular third-party app and working flawlessly for many. Note that this will work only for Android users. iPhone and Windows users don’t have any alternative except for upgrading their devices.