February 1, 2024

WhatsApp to End Support for Outdated Smartphones on December 31

Instant messaging app WhatsApp has announced that it will be ending its services for certain smartphones with outdated operating systems on December 31. According to The Independent, the Meta-owned messaging app will no longer be able to support the upgraded version of the app with future updates for these older devices. A statement from WhatsApp explained that the company regularly reviews which operating systems it supports and makes updates, and that older devices and software may not have the latest security updates or the necessary functionality to run the app. Users of these affected devices will receive a warning message before the app stops working on their phones.

If you are an iPhone user, you can update your operating system by going to the “general” settings and selecting “software update.” The following is a list of phones that will no longer be supported by WhatsApp after 31 December:

  • iPhone 5
  • iPhone 5c
  • Archos 53 Platinum
  • Grand S Flex ZTE
  • Grand X Quad V987 ZTE
  • HTC Desire 500
  • Huawei Ascend D
  • Huawei Ascend D1
  • Huawei Ascend D2
  • Huawei Ascend G740
  • Huawei Ascend Mate
  • Huawei Ascend P1
  • Quad XL
  • Lenovo A820
  • LG Enact
  • LG Lucid 2
  • LG Optimus 4X HD
  • LG Optimus F3
  • LG Optimus F3Q
  • LG Optimus F5
  • LG Optimus F6
  • LG Optimus F7
  • LG Optimus L2 II
  • LG Optimus L3 II
  • LG Optimus L3 II Dual
  • LG Optimus L4 II
  • LG Optimus L4 II Dual
  • LG Optimus L5
  • LG Optimus L5 Dual
  • LG Optimus L5 II
  • LG Optimus L7
  • LG Optimus L7 II
  • LG Optimus L7 II Dual
  • LG Optimus Nitro HD
  • Memo ZTE V956
  • Samsung Galaxy Ace 2
  • Samsung Galaxy Core
  • Samsung Galaxy S2
  • Samsung Galaxy S3 mini
  • Samsung Galaxy Trend II
  • Samsung Galaxy Trend Lite
  • Samsung Galaxy Xcover 2
  • Sony Xperia Arc S
  • Sony Xperia miro
  • Sony Xperia Neo L
  • Wiko Cink Five
  • Wiko Darknight ZT

If you own one of these smartphones, it is important to be aware that WhatsApp will no longer be available on your device after December 31. You may want to consider upgrading to a newer device that is compatible with the messaging app.

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