How to reactivate outdated WhatsApp

Have you tried to start WhatsApp on your smartphone but the application prevents you from accessing your chats as it is obsolete? Would you like to use some new features introduced by WhatsApp, but the version of the application on your device is too old and you don’t know how to update it?

If the answer to at least one of these questions is yes, you will be happy to know that in today’s guide I will explain how to reactivate obsolete WhatsApp on both smartphones and computers. Not only that: I will also show you how to set up automatic app update procedures, so that you no longer have to encounter similar problems.

How do you say? Is that exactly what you wanted to know? So let’s not waste any more precious time and get to work immediately. All you have to do is read carefully the tips that I will propose to you in the next chapters and put them into practice. Happy reading and happy updating!


  • How to reactivate outdated WhatsApp on Android
    • Update WhatsApp automatically
    • Update WhatsApp manually
  • How to reactivate outdated WhatsApp on iPhone
  • How to reactivate outdated WhatsApp on PC
  • How to reactivate outdated WhatsApp on Mac

How to reactivate outdated WhatsApp on Android

If you want to know how to reactivate obsolete WhatsApp on your Android smartphone , in the next chapters I will explain how to do this automatically and manually. Find everything explained below.

Update WhatsApp automatically

The first procedure that we see together is to update WhatsApp through the Android Play Store which, in fact, allows both to perform an automatic update of the apps, and to perform it manually, provided of course that there is a new version of the same.

To proceed manually, visit the WhatsApp page in the Play Store by clicking on the link I just provided you directly from your device and, if present, press the Update button (if there is the Open button , you are already using the latest version. recent application).

Alternatively, still in the Play Store, press on your thumbnail at the top and select the items Manage app and device from the menu that is proposed to you. Then press on the Manage tab , then on the Updates available button and you will see the list of all the apps that need updating: if the WhatsApp app is in the list, put a check mark in the box alongside and press the confirm button , in high, to update.

Instead, to set the automatic update of the apps installed on your device, open the Play Store , press on your thumbnail , at the top right, and go to Settings> Network preferences> Automatic app update . In the box that is shown to you, choose one of the options on the screen to update WhatsApp only on Wi-Fi networks ( Only via Wi-Fi ) or on any type of network ( On any network ). Once this is done, press the End button to confirm your choice.

I remind you that the automatic update may not be performed immediately if there is not enough battery, if the smartphone is currently in use or if the app works in the background. I also advise you to check if the WhatsApp app has not been accidentally excluded from automatic updates: to do this, go to the WhatsApp app tab on the Play Store, press the ⋮ icon at the top, and make sure there is a check mark next to Automatic Update .

Update WhatsApp manually

If your smartphone is not equipped with Google services and you have installed WhatsApp via APK file , you will have to continue to proceed with the update using this method to get the latest version.

First of all, check that a new version of the app is actually available: to do this, start WhatsApp , press the ⋮ icon at the top, and select the Settings> Help> App info items from the menu that is proposed to you. In the section that is shown to you, read the version number . Now, reach this link and make sure that the Version item shows a higher number than the one previously identified.

If so, you can proceed with the manual update via WhatsApp APK. First of all, however, you must enable the installation from external sources : to do this, start the Settings app (the gear icon), select the items Security> Other settings> Install apps from external sources , choose the name of the browser you use to browse online from your smartphone (eg Chrome ) and move the lever next to the word Allow app installation to ON .

Obviously, this path could be different depending on the model of Android smartphone in your possession. In this regard, I recommend reading my tutorial on how to install APK . Furthermore, I advise you to disable the consent to the installation of apps external to your browser where you have completed the procedure that follows in the next paragraphs.

Now that you have enabled installation from external sources, go to this link and press the Download button . At the end of the download, tap on the notification at the top of the smartphone display and press the Install buttons and then click Finish to install the latest version of WhatsApp without losing any data. It was simple, am I right?

How to reactivate outdated WhatsApp on iPhone

If you own an iPhone , reactivating outdated WhatsApp is a breeze. All you need to do is proceed with the app update via the iOS App Store.

In general, app updates are done automatically. So make sure that this feature is enabled: start the Settings app (the gear icon on the Home screen) and select the App Store item ; then set the levers next to the words App Updates and Automatic Downloads to ON .

With the data network of the SIM, updates for the apps may not be downloaded: under Download app, choose whether to always allow updates ( Always allow ), if only for apps with a size of less than 200MB ( Ask if> 200 MB ) or if they must be notified first ( Always ask ). Always consider the data limits of your plan.

If the automatic update does not start, visit the WhatsApp page in the App Store (by clicking on the link I just provided you directly from your “iPhone by”) and press the Update button (if instead of the “Update” button there is is the one Open , you are already using the latest version of the app).

Alternatively, you can also proceed as follows: on the main page of the App Store , tap on your thumbnail at the top and scroll the screen to locate the list of apps that require updates (if available). So locate the WhatsApp app and press the Update button .

How to reactivate outdated WhatsApp on PC

WhatsApp is also available as a desktop client for Windows PC . If you have installed WhatsApp via .exe file , you will be happy to know that the update of the service happens automatically without you having to do anything. This is in fact downloaded in the background and installed the next time the software is restarted.

In any case, you can force the update by reaching the official WhatsApp website and pressing the Download button for Windows . Then double-click on the .exe file obtained and wait for the installation procedure (in this case it is an update) to be completed.

If, on the other hand, you have installed WhatsApp from the Microsoft Store , updates are delivered through the latter. So start the Microsoft Store , press on your thumbnail , at the top, and press on the App Settings item . So make sure that the toggle next to App Updates is set to ON .

Once this is done, press the Collection tab in the sidebar and press the Get updates button to activate the manual check for app updates. If an update is available, it will be automatically downloaded. If an update for WhatsApp is already available in the Collection section , press the Update all button .

Do you use WhatsApp Web from your browser? In this case you do not have to proceed with any update, as the version of the service that is shown to you is always the most up-to-date one.

How to reactivate outdated WhatsApp on Mac

Do you use WhatsApp for Mac and want to know how to update the now obsolete client? In this case, know that you can easily do this thanks to the automatic update features built into the Mac App Store .

First, start the Mac App Store via its quick launch icon on the Dock bar and then select the App Store> Preferences items from the top menu bar. At this point, put a check mark in the box next to Automatic Updates (you may be asked to enter your Mac password ).

From now on, WhatsApp updates will be downloaded automatically. If not, in the Mac App Store , select the Updates tab from the sidebar and press the update button that you find next to the WhatsApp application (obviously if there is a new version). Alternatively, you can visit the application page in the store and press the Update button (if updates are available).

Also in this case, if you use WhatsApp Web from a browser, you do not have to update anything, as the service is always offered to you in the latest version available.

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