Millions of some categories of mobile phone users may lose access to WhatsApp in the next few weeks, according to Facebook, the owner of WhatsApp.
Facebook has announced that any phone running the Windows Mobile operating system will not have access to WhatsApp by the end of December.
Also, iPhone running software older than iOS 7 will no longer be supported and neither will any Android device with version 2.3.7 installed. However, the iOS and Android blocks won’t happen this month but will take place on February 1, 2020.
WhatsApp says that anyone using these older phones can no longer create new accounts or reverify existing accounts.
That means users on a variety of older handsets could end up losing access to the messaging app.
The company said the mobile devices have been an important part of its success story but they don’t offer the kind of capabilities WhatsApp need to expand its app’s features in the future.