WhatsApp will stop working on certain phones from New Year's Day 6 months ago

WhatsApp will stop working on certain phones from New Year's Day

Windows phones and older operating systems are at risk.

While the majority of people will be getting pleasant message alerts from their friends and family this evening as they receive New Year's wishes, there's one message that some people might not want to receive.

If you own a Windows phone, you might want to look for a new one in the January sales, because WhatsApp is ending support for Windows 10 Mobile.

In a statement on their official site, Microsoft has said that: "WhatsApp will no longer be supported on Windows Phone after December 31, 2019. You can continue using WhatsApp on Android, iOS or KaiOS devices."

Essentially, anyone with a Windows phone will stop receiving updates and new features.

TechRadar have also reported that WhatsApp will also be no longer supported on older iOS and Android devices. However, owners of these phones have a little longer to upgrade.

They state that handsets running iOS 8 or older, and Android 2.3.7 and older, will lose access to WhatsApp from 1 February, 2020.

Whatsapp state: "WhatsApp for iPhone requires iOS 9 or later. On iOS 8, you can no longer create new accounts or reverify existing accounts. If WhatsApp is currently active on your iOS 8 device, you'll be able to use it until 1 February, 2020."

For Android versions 2.3.7 and older, you can no longer create new accounts, nor reverify existing accounts. However, you'll be able to continue using WhatsApp until February 1, 2020.

Thankfully, all of these devices and softwares are relatively old.

To put this into context, there have been no new Windows 10 Mobile handsets since 2015, and iOS 7 and Android 2.3.7 are from 2013 and 2010 respectively.