Now that we’re back, our phones are a vital resource, connecting us to a multitude of services on the go. Sadly, the more than 2.5 billion people using an Android operating system around the world may soon lose one of these important services. The company behind a very popular app recently announced that it will no longer support certain Android devices as of November 1. Read on to find out which essential service you could lose over the next month.
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If you have an Android and use WhatsApp, you might want to check your phone. WhatsApp recently updated its website with an announcement, informing users that it will soon no longer support Android devices running an operating system of 4.0.4 or older. The change will take effect on November 1. The news comes after WhatsApp made the same choice for older iPhones. For the app to work on an iPhone, that phone must be running iOS 10 or later.
According to Business Insider India, some smartphones will not support a newer Android operating system, which means they will no longer support WhatsApp. This includes several Samsung, LG, Huawei and Sony phones. Affected Samsung devices include Samsung Galaxy Trend Lite, Galaxy Trend II, Galaxy Core, and Galaxy Ace 2, while affected LG devices include LG Lucid 2, Optimus F7, and Optimus L7.
Many other phones will be affected by this change. The best way to know if you will lose access to WhatsApp is to check which operating system you are using. Your operating system is usually found in your settings, under the “About device or About phone” tabs, by Samsung. Any version earlier than 4.1 can also be referred to as “Ice Cream Sandwich,” which is a name based on the dessert that Google gives to the Android operating systems it develops.
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If you are in this affected group, WhatsApp asks you to “switch to a supported device or save your chat history” before November 1. According to the company, WhatsApp supports Android phones running operating system 4.1 or newer. who are also capable of receiving SMS or calls during the verification process.
Although WhatApp chats are usually automatically backed up and saved daily to your phone memory, you will want to manually back up those chats before you lose the service of the app. To do this, you can go to “Chats” in your WhatsApp settings and click on “Save Chat”.
“If you uninstall WhatsApp from your phone, but don’t want to lose any of your messages, be sure to manually back up your chats before uninstalling,” the company advises.
WhatsApp isn’t the only company to withdraw support for older Android devices this year. In July, Google announced that it would end its connection support for devices running on older Android operating systems in September of this year. On September 27, Android phones running OS 2.3.7 or lower were removed from Google support. Now, users of these devices are likely to “receive username or password errors when they [trying] to use Google products and services such as Gmail, YouTube and Maps, ”according to the company.
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