If it is currently active on your iOS 8 device, you were only able to use it until February 1, 2020, according to an update from the instant messaging platform. iPhone users will need iOS 9 or later to run WhatsApp. Smartphones using Android 2.3.7 and older, and iPhone iOS 8 or older, are affected by the new update. WhatsApp said that users of Android versions 2.3.7 and older will also no longer be able to create new accounts, nor reverify existing accounts.
According to the Facebook-owned messaging platform, the move was necessary in order to protect the security of its millions of users. “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,” said a spokesperson for the company.