WhatsApp has announced that it is withdrawing support for another series of older Android smartphones and many iPhones, starting January 1, 2021.
According to the new updates on the WhatsApp FAQ page, you need to have newer smartphones or update your older ones in order to continue using WhatsApp.
These iPhones will no longer support WhatsApp
All the models of iPhone from iPhone 4 to iPhone 4S, the iPhone 5, the iPhone 5S, the iPhone 6, and the iPhone 6S will no longer be able to run WhatsApp.
The company has said that you will need to update your iOS, and only iOS 9 or higher will be compatible with the new version of WhatsApp.
iPhone 4 users will not be able to use WhatsApp at all since they can’t update beyond iOS 7. Since the latest iOS 14 works with iPhone 4S and newer models, this means the users of these iPhones only need to update.
What about Android?
WhatsApp is also withdrawing support from Android devices such as HTC Desire, Motorola Droid Razr, LG Optimus Black, and the Samsung Galaxy S2. This means that you’ll need to have Android 4.0.3. or higher to be able to use the chatting app.
You need to check the OS version on your phone
If you want to check the iOS version on your iPhone, here’s how you can do it: Go to Settings, tap on the General and Information option, then tap on Software. You’ll be able to see what iOS you have on your iPhone.
For Android users, the process is even simpler: Go to Settings, then tap on About Phone.
WhatsApp does this every year
This has been a common practice for WhatsApp to drop support for older Androids and iPhones, and they have been doing it at the end of every year.
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