A number of WhatsApp users in India are complaining that the application isn't working anymore because it has become "obsolete". After the outage issue caused on the New Year's Eve, the next one that has affected many WhatsApp users is said to be the error message stating that WhatsApp is obsolete on January 13, 2018 and that a new version has to be downloaded from the Google Play Store. "Please go to the Google Play Store to download the latest version", read the error message. The app store has even failed to provide any update after they clicked on the update version option. Apparently, a small outage or bug in the platform will affect many users.
Strangely, the app also claims that the user is on a beta testing program and offers an option to leave the program. Moreover, not all users who faced the issue are not the beta testers of WhatsApp.
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However, the company has already acknowledged the error message and the issue is being fixed. And if you don't have any backup, then you'd need to start afresh. According to a report in Techook, the problem seems to have largely affected Xiaomi smartphones. You can follow the steps given here to resolve it safely without losing your WhatsApp data or uninstalling the application.
If above technique does not work, delete the app completely and download WhatsApp again from the official website.
That's it! WhatsApp will be updated with the existing data and will not be obsolete.
Once WhatsApp is updated, do not forget to disable the option that lets installing apps from third-party sources for security purposes.