Google recently made an announcement that it plans to completely end sign-in support for older Android devices this month. This means that anyone with an Android device older than Android 2.3.7 will no longer be able to access basic Google services that make their phones functional.
The functionality for apps like Gmail or YouTube is stopping on 27 September for devices running Android 2.3.7 or older – although they will be able to access it through the web browser.
Google said: “As part of our ongoing efforts to keep our users safe, Google will no longer allow sign-in on Android devices that run Android 2.3.7 or lower starting September 27, 2021. If you sign into your device after September 27, you may get username or password errors when you try to use Google products and services like Gmail, YouTube, and Maps. If your device has the ability to update to a newer Android version (3.0+), we advise you to do so in order to maintain access to Google apps and services on that device.”
On its support page, the company continued: “You will be able to sign into your account with a newer Android version (3.0 or newer). If your device has the ability to update to a newer Android version (3.0+), we advise you to do so. If you cannot update your device to a newer Android version (3.0+), you can try to log into your Google account on your device’s web browser. You can still use some Google services when logged into Google on your device’s web browser.”
WhatsApp also recently announced that it is removing support for many of the old Android and iOS devices from 1 November which means that you will no longer be able to send messages and photos.
From 1 November, 43 smartphone modes – both Android and iOS – will lose the ability to send messages and photos or make video calls using the encrypted messaging service.
Smartphone models with Android 4.0.4 or earlier installed will become incompatible with WhatsApp and iPhones with iOS 9 or earlier installed.
The following phones will lose access to WhatsApp:
- Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini, Trend II, Trend Lite, Core, Ace 2
- LG Optimus F7, F5, L3 II Dual, F7 II, F5 II
- Sony Xperia
- Huawei Ascend Mate and Ascend D2
- Apple iPhone SE, 6S, and 6S Plus
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