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FILE PHOTO: The WhatsApp messaging application is seen on a phone screen August 3, 2017.  REUTERS/Thomas White/File Photo

FILE PHOTO: The WhatsApp messaging application is seen on a phone screen August 3, 2017. REUTERS/Thomas White/File Photo

FILE PHOTO: The WhatsApp messaging application is seen on a phone screen August 3, 2017. REUTERS/Thomas White/File Photo

WhatsApp users have been warned that the popular app will stop working on certain phones from January 1.

Millions of smartphones will be affected from New Year’s Eve as the messaging app phases out older devices.

WhatsApp will not be available on devices that are not running iOS 9 or Android 4.0.3 operating systems starting January 2021.

This primarily include the iPhone 4, and all earlier models.

If you have iPhones iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPhone 5S, iPhone 5C, iPhone 6, and iPhone 6S, all you have to do to get WhatsApp is to update your software to iOS 9.

If you have one of the affected handsets and don't want to lose your chats, you're advised to back up your WhatsApp messages so they won't be lost.

To do this, open the chat you want to save and click on 'Group Info'.

You will then need to click 'Export Chat' - and you'll be given the option to download the chat with our without media.

“Because we no longer actively develop for these operating systems, some features might stop functioning at any time,” the company said in a blog post announcing the cut-off dates.

“As we look ahead to our next seven years, we want to focus our efforts on the mobile platforms the vast majority of people use,” WhatsApp said.

“If you use one of these affected mobile devices, we recommend upgrading to a newer Android, iPhone, or Windows Phone to continue using WhatsApp.”



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