In recent days, information that more than one person has consulted us with concern has been published in several media, and was the possible disappearance of WhatsApp on their mobile phones. We will try to respond quickly to all these doubts.
Although we notify you, there is a 99.7 probability that what you have been told does not affect you. So you can calm down.
WhatsApp will not stop working on your mobile unless it is very old
In recent days a controversy has begun over a change in the conditions of use of WhatsApp. The messaging application has a support web in which they indicate which mobile operating systems they support and from which versions.
In addition to this, we find notices about which versions will no longer be compatible and when. In Omicrono they tracked the iPhone that would run out of WhatsApp, and the figures are not very worrying either.
According to the WhatsApp FAQ itself, as of February 1, 2020, all mobile phones that have Android 2.3.7 will stop working. The safest thing is that it does not affect you, and we tell you some details about this version.
Android 2.3 Gingerbread was a version that was released by Google on December 6, 2010, 9 years ago. It is the version that was present in almost all phones launched during 2011, and a version that stopped appearing in 2012 phones.
Latest Android report.
Without entering settings to check which Android version, the most direct way to ask if you will run out of WhatsApp is. Is your mobile phone more than 7 years old? If so, it is a good time to think about its renewal.
The probability that your mobile is so old is really low, since as official Google statistics report as of the date of greater than 2019, only 0.3 of active Android mobiles have that version. Come on, it's almost impossible for you to stay out.
But what if I really have such an old cell phone?
On the other hand, if we consider that there are 2.5 billion Android users, thinking about that 0.3 implies that there are approximately 7.5 million people using Android 2.3.7. Those 7.5 million people will run out of WhatsApp on February 1.
It is very possible that it does not affect you, but that your father does, or your grandmother, your uncle, your little cousin who has been given as the first mobile that was in the drawer. Then what do we do?
- The first thing that many think is to move to an alternative such as Telegram, but this application does not officially support this version of Android.
- It is very easy to justify the purchase of a new mobile for that person. Any device you find that is relatively modern It will be much more powerful than the mobile that is left out of WhatsApp.
- It doesn't have to be first hand, since even a terminal 5 years ago will be a great evolution.
- But even if with those the person does not want to renew, you can always see the possibility of installing a ROM in the device, a process that could extend the life of the terminal a little more.