Fix: “This Version of WhatsApp became obsolete” Error

On certain Android devices especially Xiaomi devices, WhatsApp messaging application may cause the following error:

This Version of WhatsApp became obsolete on 13 Jan 2018. Please go to the Google Play Store to download the latest version

This Version of WhatsApp became obsolete

However, you may not be able to download new version from Google Play store. WhatsApp has officially announced that the error has something to do with the delivery mechanism and it’s not a bug in the app.

Quoting a WhatsApp spokesperson:

This is an issue that’s being fixed. It was a problem with how our app is distributed, which is not under our control.

The usual fix is to uninstall and reinstall the app, but that causes the entire WhatsApp data to be reset. Here is how to resolve the WhatsApp error without uninstalling and reinstalling it.

Fix: “WhatsApp became obsolete” Error

  1. Visit the following webpage on your Android smartphone.

    This Version of WhatsApp became obsolete

  2. Tap the Download Now button and download the file WhatsApp.apk file to your phone.
  3. Open “My Files” on your handset. In Device’s Internal Storage, in Downloads, locate and tap WhatsApp.apk and to install the program.

If you’re unable to install the .apk file (as some handsets by default won’t allow installing programs outside the Play Store), follow these steps to allow installing apps from external sources (side-loading of apps).

  • Open device settings, and tap Security.
  • Enable “Unknown sources” toggle button to allow installation of apps from unknown sources.
    This Version of WhatsApp became obsolete

After installing the WhatsApp.apk application package, turn the “unknown sources” setting off for security reasons.

This resolves “This Version of WhatsApp became obsolete.” error in WhatsApp.

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Ramesh Srinivasan is passionate about Microsoft technologies and he has been a consecutive ten-time recipient of the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional award in the Windows Shell/Desktop Experience category, from 2003 to 2012. He loves to troubleshoot and write about Windows. Ramesh founded in 2005.

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