Popular chat platform WhatsApp has warned users of an approaching ban on a number of phone models, and the date is getting closer as the company revealed the phones that are to go.
With less than a month to then end of 2019 WhatsApp has warned users that older models of phones will no longer support the app, and has recommended that people upgrade their handset.
Earlier this month WhatsApp used their support page to announce that their app would be banned on many phones including but not limited to all Windows style models. The change is to be introduced as early as December 31, 2019.
The phones that will feel the impact of these blocks will include any iPhones that run on a version of iOS older than 7, and any Android devices currently running on version 2.3.7.
The restriction will be fully functional by February 1, 2020, and all users are advised to check the list to make sure they don’t lose access to the service.
If WhatsApp is your social media of choice you will need to upgrade your phone by the these dates to guarantee a fully functional experience.
The full list of dates that phones become cut off by the site:
• Nokia Symbian S60 after June 30, 2017
• BlackBerry OS and BlackBerry 10 after December 31, 2017
• Nokia S40 after December 31, 2018
• All Windows Phone operating systems after December 31, 2019
• Android versions 2.3.7 and older after February 1, 2020
• iPhone iOS 7 and older after February 1, 2020
A spokesman for WhatsApp said: “As we look ahead to our next seven years, we want to focus our efforts on the mobile platforms the vast majority of people use”
“While these mobile devices have been an important part of our story, they don’t offer the kind of capabilities we need to expand our app’s features in the future. This was a tough decision for us to make, but the right one in order to give people better ways to keep in touch with friends, family, and loved ones using WhatsApp.”
“If you use one of these affected mobile devices, we recommend upgrading to a newer Android, iPhone, or Windows Phone to continue using WhatsApp.”
The Facebook owned firm has seen rumors in the tech community of another massive change to the layout of the app, a WhatsApp dark mode.How the change will look is becoming clearer as more and more screenshots appear online.
According to the team at WABetainfo the change could improve battery life on most phones.
This big update would provide an option to change the theme of your screen when power is running low in order to conserve the energy of your device and use it for extended periods of time.
There is currently no official release date for the change, or even confirmation of if it will happen.