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Developers of extremely popular apps like WhatsApp are working 24/7 to improve their product. In order to get the latest version of the app, you need to update it.
Speaking about a WhatsApp, a mobile application known due to its ease of use and security, you should keep it up-to-date to improve its security. You have to protect your personal information, and if some apps on your device are out of date, hackers might take advantage of it.
In general, most smartphones automatically update WhatsApp in the background. However, some of us have automatic app updates disabled, sou you need to check if your WhatsApp version is the latest.
How To Update WhatsApp On Android To The Latest Version
Updating WhatsApp on Android is easiest than you think. Just follow these simple steps:
Go to Google Play Store on your Android phone.
Tap on Menu (three horizontal lines).
Click on My apps & games.
Find WhatsApp, tap on Update next to it.
How To Update WhatsApp On iPhone
Open the App Store on your iPhone.
Tap on Updates.
Click on the UPDATE next to WhatsApp Messenger.
Important: Although Android and iOS are two of the most used operating systems on smartphones, WhatsApp is also available for other systems such as Windows Phone or KaiOS.
However, WhatsApp will no longer support Windows Phone operating systems after December 31, 2019, and the app is not available on the Microsoft Store after July 1, 2019. Because there are no longer any updated for this Windows phone, some features might stop functioning at any time.
How To Update WhatsApp On KaiOS To The Latest Version
KaiOS is actually the 3rd most popular mobile OS. It’s a mobile operating system for feature phones. It’s built on top of Boot to Gecko, a community-driven successor to Firefox OS. Since it’s a web-based platform, KaiOS doesn’t need a lot of power to run and has a minimum memory requirement of just 256MB. Read more.
Since WhatsApp is one of the popular apps on feature phones with KaiOs, here is a guide on how to update it.
Press JioStore or Store on the apps menu.
Scroll to the side to select Social.
Press OK or select Update.
Can You Roll Back To The Previous Version Of WhatsApp?
If you had an update of WhatsApp, can you get back to the previous one? The simple answer is YES, you can downgrade a Whatsapp to the previous version, but we don’t recommend it.
WhatsApp is well-known for its simplicity and security, and if you install a previous version, you will lose a security advantage against hackers and what most, it might not properly work on your phone.
According to the official statement, WhatsApp doesn’t allow users to downgrade to an older version of the app once they have upgraded to the latest one.
Every version of the app has an ‘expiry’ date after which WhatsApp will force you to download the latest version to continue using the service.
However, you can bypass this by uninstalling the WhatsApp on your phone and installing a ‘.apk’ file of a previous version. Or you can change the date of your phone and set it to a date range to use the previous version of the WhatsApp.
Follow below steps on Android:
Go to Settings, then Security and toggle on the Unknown Sources option. This allows you to install apps from third-party sources
Tap on OK when you get a warning message.
Open WhatsApp on your device and go to Settings, then click on Chats, and tap Chat Backup to take a complete backup.
Open your browser on the device and download any version of WhatsApp. NOTE: You may try several recent versions of WhatsApp to find which versions work fine for you.
Go to the Downloads folder on your device and tap on the downloaded APK file.
Tap Install at the bottom right to begin the installation.
After a successful installation, open the app, agree to terms & conditions, verify your phone number, and restore the backup. Now, you should be using a version of your choice.
NOTE: Do not let the Play store update your app. This may only work if WhatsApp didn’t disable the last version.
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