WhatsApp ‘obsolete’ error surfaced recently. It was on January 13, when many people reported that they received an ‘obsolete’ error message when they used the popular messaging app. Many of the users took to Twitter with the complaint that they were unable to use the app or update it. Following that, Chinese smartphone brand Xiaomi has admitted that the problem may have started from their end. Xiaomi’s statement further confirms that the problem came from a version of WhatsApp that was launched from its Mi App Store. Xiaomi shared its statement with the indianexpress.com, which stated, “A few Xiaomi users reported an issue with WhatsApp on their smartphones. After a thorough investigation, we learned that a beta version of WhatsApp was pushed out on our Mi App Store a few days ago, which some users updated too. We have updated our App store listing with a newer version, approved by WhatsApp, which we encourage any users facing issues, to update to. We apologise for any inconvenience faced by our Mi Fans, and promise to be more vigilant going forward.”
Many people have shared the image on that stated the error. The error read: This version of WhatsApp became obsolete on 13 Jan 2018. Please go to the Google Play Store to download the latest version. However, upon visiting the app Google Play Store, they were unable to update the app. The obsolete error was shown mostly on Xiaomi phones.
Meanwhile, WhatsApp released a statement that read: On background, this is an issue that’s being fixed. It was a problem with how our app is distributed, which is not under our control.
To counter the problem, there is a solution which takes a longer route but it gets the job done. Users will first have to “Allow installation of apps from unknown sources” in the settings on the phone. Post that, the users can install the WhatsApp Android (.apk) file from the official website. This episode with Xiaomi gives a stern message that third-party app stores are not always the best place to download essential apps. Downloading apps from verified sources ensures that no malware is seen on your device.