Facebook-owned WhatsApp on Saturday confirmed that the app was now back on the Google Play store after its sudden disappearance. New users can download the app on Android phones by just typing WhatsApp on the search box of Google Play Store. Unfortunately, the reason for the short absence remains unclear.
Due to the sudden disappearance, those who were looking to join WhatsApp for the first time were not able to install it via the Google Play store.
iPhone users who have not upgraded to a new version of the operating system for long -- there is one more reason to do so. If WhatsApp is currently active on your iOS 8 device, you will be able to use it only until February 1, 2020, according to an update from the instant messaging platform.
"On iOS 8, you can no longer create new accounts or reverify existing accounts," said the update.
So, iPhone users will need iOS 9 or later to run WhatsApp.
"For the best experience, we recommend you use the latest version of iOS available for your phone," WhatsApp said.
"We don't explicitly restrict the use of jailbroken or unlocked devices. However, because these modifications might affect the functionality of your device, we can't provide support for devices using modified versions of the iPhone's operating system," it added.
WhatsApp said that users of Android versions 2.3.7 and older will no longer be able to create new accounts, nor reverify existing accounts.
However, they will be able to continue using WhatsApp until February 1, 2020.