WhatsApp will stop support and don’t have plan to develop app for below older versions of Android and iOS after February 1, 2020.
- Android versions 2.3.7 and older.
- iOS 8 and older.
For the above operating systems, you can no longer create new accounts, nor reverify existing accounts. However, you’ll be able to continue using WhatsApp until February 1, 2020 in these versions.
Note: Also, you will no longer to use WhatsApp on all Windows Phone operating systems after December 31, 2019, and WhatsApp might not be available in the Microsoft Store after July 1, 2019.
Below what WhatsApp said on its support page.
“We’ll no longer actively develop for these operating systems; some features might stop functioning at any time. If you currently use an older operating system, we recommend upgrading to a newer version…,”
Supported Operating Systems
WhatsApp provide support for and recommend using the following devices:
- Android running OS 4.0.3+
- iPhone running iOS 9+
- Phones running KaiOS 2.5.1+, including JioPhone and JioPhone 2
Once you have one of these devices, simply install WhatsApp and verify your phone number.
Keep in mind that WhatsApp can only be activated with one phone number on one device at a time.
Furthermore, there’s no option to transfer your chat history between platforms. However, WhatsApp provide the option to export your chat history as an email attachment. Learn how to export your chat history on: Android | iPhone | Windows Phone