Whatsapp ‘Obsolete’ Error: Everything You Need To Know And How To Fix It
News of WhatsApp not working for some users took the internet world by storm on January 13. Many users were faced with an app screen that said they could not use WhatsApp as it had become obsolete on their devices. There wasn’t an option to revive the app or even download.
WhatsApp later acknowledged the problem saying: “This is an issue that’s being fixed. It was a problem with how our app is distributed, which is not under our control.”
It seems the issue was discovered on January 13 morning when many users in India woke up to an error message that said:
“This version of WhatsApp became obsolete on 13 Jan 2018. Please go to the Google Play Store to download the latest version.”
However, users were unable to update the app from Google Play Store. The problem seemed to have largely affected on Xiaomi smartphones.
How to fix WhatsApp ‘Obsolete Error’?
While these are temporary workarounds, WhatsApp said in a statement that it is aware of the issue and working on a fix. “This is an issue that’s being fixed. It was a problem with how our app is distributed, which is not under our control,” said the Facebook-owned company. In the meantime, if you’re one of the affected users, you can install WhatsApp without losing any data.
- Go to your phone Settings > Security > Allow installation of app from unknown sources’ and enable it
- Now, download the latest version of WhatsApp from whatsapp.com/android
- Install and run it. WhatsApp will be updated without any loss of data from the previous version.