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WhatsApp Will Soon Stop Working on Old Android and iOS Devices. What do you Need to Do?
WhatsApp has announced that the messaging app will stop working on a number of older phones, including a bunch of iPhones and Android phones.
WhatsApp currently caters to 1.5 billion users across the globe. Millions will be cut from the platform in the coming years.
It was announced in a blog post called “support for older operating systems”. The company will refuse support for certain older versions of iOS and for Android version 2.3.7 (Gingerbread) and older.
When will WhatsApp Stop Working?
The deadline for these phones is December 31, 2019. By 1st January 2020, WhatsApp on all the older OS will cease to work. The phones with the above-mentioned OS cannot install the application now if they don’t have it already.
List of OS WhatsApp will not Work on
The list of operating systems WhatsApp will not work on is:
- Android versions older than 2.3.3
- Windows Phone 8.0 and older
- iPhone 3GS/iOS 6
- Nokia Symbian S60
- BlackBerry OS and BlackBerry 10
What do You Need to Do?
If you are able to update the operating system to any of the following before December, the support for your phone will not be revoked.
- Android running OS 4.0+
- iPhone running iOS 8+
- Windows Phone 8.1+
WhatsApp Hands-Free Typing (WhatsApp Dictation)
This WhatsApp’s Latest Upgrade is ideal for those too lazy or busy to type lengthy messages.
The latest WhatsApp feature is called Dictation. Users can now compose text messages without having to physically type them.
WhatsApp Dictation lets you speak messages into your smartphone’s microphone and then translates it into text.
How to use WhatsApp Dictation?
Begin by visiting the Google Play or Apple App Store. Ensure the latest version of WhatsApp is installed on your phone.
- Once WhatsApp is open, click on a contact you wish to chat with.
- The open up the chat keyboard normally used to tap out messages.
- A microphone icon in the top right corner of Android phones.
- While the microphone is found in the bottom right of the screen on iPhones.
- Commas and question marks can be summoned by simply saying “comma” or “question mark”.
- Then once the message is complete simply tap Send as normal.
- It will help WhatsApp to speak clearly and enunciate words.
- And it is also recommended to dictate messages in a quiet place, to give your microphone the optimal opportunity to pick up your words.
- But it is easy to edit dictated message before they are sent.
Lock Your WhatsApp Chats With Face ID, Touch ID on iPhones
The latest update to WhatsApp on iOS has brought biometric authentication support to the popular chat app. The new feature will allow users to lock WhatsApp on supported iPhone models with either Face ID or Touch ID.
How to Lock WhatsApp Chats with Face ID, Touch ID on iPhones?
Users can deploy the feature by going to Settings > Account > Privacy > Screen Lock and toggling on the available authentication method.
Note that the users won’t be able to lock individual chat threads with this method and they will still be able to reply to messages and answer incoming voice/video calls even when the app is locked.