WhatsApp is one of the most sought after social media platforms that is used extensively by people from all over the world. Apart from sending messages to people in any corner of the world it is also used for sending pictures and videos, for business purposes and with a recent update, you can use it for making payments as well, using UPI transaction systems. But users across the world were sent to a jiffy when the social platform announced that it will no longer work on older versions of the software which means you either have to upgrade your software or buy a new phone.
Come January 1, you may not be able to open WhatsApp anymore
One of the world’s leading social platforms, WhatsApp announced that it will no longer be compatible with smartphones that have an older software version. This decision will be implemented from January 1, 2021, which has taken millions of WhatsApp users by a complete shock. There are many users who are currently running WhatsApp on an older software version and they will not be able to use the application anymore after January 1, 2021. WhatsApp does this regularly and this time also it’s not anything new to the world.
Both iOS and android are targeted for the change
iPhone users with a software version older than iOS 9 and android users with software versions older than or equal to 4.0.3 will face this deadlock by the WhatsApp platform. It means that people having smartphones with these software versions will no longer be able to use WhatsApp from January 1 and they will either have to update to a newer version or buy a new smartphone.
Backup your data before time
If you are amongst those who are using an older version smartphone then do not have to worry. You still have the time and option to backup your WhatsApp chats and data and keep them safe until your device is updated to the new version or you get a new phone. When you install the social messaging app again on the new device, it will automatically restore all your saved data to the device.
The Policy Times suggestion
- This decision might bring a blow to many WhatsApp users but in contrast, it will also boost business for smartphone companies. The sale of the phones and the software up-gradation will skyrocket immediately as soon as WhatsApp stops working from January 1 as most of us are somehow addicted to using this app.
- During the time of the covid 19 pandemic, the billion-dollar company WhatsApp could have waited for a few more months before improvising the decision. As lots of people are affected economically, supporting a new smartphone might not be a feasible solution to them.