WhatsApp, he popular messaging app, has announced that it will stop supporting Android smartphones running Android OS 5.0 or below on October 24, 2023. This means that WhatsApp will no longer work on these devices after that date.
WhatsApp has made this decision in order to focus on developing new features and improving the security of the app. The company has stated that Android 5.0 is an outdated operating system that no longer receives security updates.
This change will affect millions of Android users around the world. According to StatCounter, Android 5.0 Lollipop is still the fourth most popular version of Android, with a usage share of 6.4%.
If you are using an Android smartphone running Android OS 5.0 or below, you will need to update your device to a newer version of Android in order to continue using WhatsApp after October 24, 2023.
Here are some tips for updating your Android smartphone:
- Check if your device is eligible for an update. You can usually check this in the Settings app.
- If your device is eligible for an update, back up your data before updating. This will ensure that you don’t lose any important data if something goes wrong.
- Download and install the update. This may take some time, so be patient.
- Once the update is installed, restart your device.
If you are unable to update your Android smartphone, you will need to switch to a different messaging app in order to continue communicating with your friends and family.
Here are some alternatives to WhatsApp that are available for Android users running Android 5.0 Lollipop and below:
- Facebook Messenger
- Google Chat
These apps offer similar features to WhatsApp, such as text messaging, voice and video calling, and file sharing.
It is important to note that some of these apps may require you to create a new account, and you may not be able to transfer your WhatsApp chat history to the new app.
- WhatsApp Help Center: Android versions supported by WhatsApp (https://faq.whatsapp.com/474624014728741/)