If you're using Android, you may lose the service on November 1
Now that we're back outdoors, our phones are a vital resource, connecting us to multiple services while out and about. Unfortunately, the more than 2.5 billion people around the world who use the Android operating system could soon lose one of their key services. The company behind a hugely popular app recently announced that it will no longer support certain Android devices starting November 1. Read on to find out what important services you could lose in the next month.
If you use Android and WhatsApp, you might want to check your phone.WhatsApp recently updated its website with an announcement informing users that it would soon no longer support Android devices running 4.0.4 and above. The new rules will take effect on November 1.WhatsApp previously made the same choice with older iPhones.To run the app on an iPhone, the phone must be running iOS 10 or later.
According to Business Insider India, certain smartphones will not support the newer Android operating system, meaning they will no longer support WhatsApp.They include several phones from Samsung, LG, Huawei, and SONY. The affected Samsung phones include Samsung Galaxy Trend Lite, Galaxy Trend II, Galaxy Core, and Galaxy Ace 2, while LG phones include LG Lucid 2, Optimus F7, and Optimus L7.
More phones will be affected by the change. The best way to find out if you'll lose access to WhatsApp is to look at the operating system you're using. Your operating system is usually located in Settings, under Samsung's about Device or About Phone TAB. Any version larger than 4.1 is likely to be called "ice cream sandwich," a dessert-based name Google has given to its Android operating system.
If you belong to this affected group, WhatsApp asks you to "switch to a supported device or save your chat history" by November 1.WhatsApp supports Android phones running operating system 4.1 or later, and those phones can also receive text messages or calls during the verification process, the company said.
While WhatsApp chats are usually backed up automatically and saved to the phone's memory each day, you'll need to manually back them up before the app goes out of service. To do this, you can go to "Chat History" in WhatsApp Settings and tap "Chat Backup."
"If you uninstall WhatsApp from your phone and don't want to lose any messages, make sure you manually back up your chats before you uninstall," the company advises.
WhatsApp isn't the only company to drop support for older Android devices this year. In July, Google announced it would stop log-in support for devices running the older Android operating system in September. On Sept. 27, Google pulled support from Android phones running the operating system 2.3.7 or lower. Now, the company says, people using these devices are likely to "experience incorrect usernames or passwords when using Google products and services such as Gmail, YouTube, and Maps."