Whatsapp would stop working on millions of phones from January 1, 2021.
This is due to a new major Whatsapp update, older Android and iPhone phones will no longer support the latest version of the app, forcing owners to either update their mobile operating system or buy a new smartphone.
Any Android not running on at least Andoid 4.0.3 (Ice Cream Sandwich) version or any iPhone not running on at least iOS 9 will no longer be able to use Whatsapp during that period.
This means if a phone is not using the least accepted version such a phone needs to be upgraded and if it can not be upgraded it can therefore no longer use Whatsapp.
All iPhone models up to iPhone 4 will not be able to support Whatsapp again as they can’t be upgraded to iOS 9 but iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPhone 5S, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6S can still be updated to iOS 9 even though they were all released before iOS 9.
Android phones that will lose WhatsApp support include the Samsung Galaxy S2, HTC Desire and LG Optimus Black.
Phone owners can see what software their device is using by checking the settings section. For iPhone users, this can be found under Settings > General > Software update.
Phones set to lose WhatsApp support on 1 January 2021:
- Apple iPhone 1-4
- Samsung Galaxy S2
- HTC Desire
- LG Optimus Black
- Motorola Droid Razr
- Any Android released before 2010
Phones that will need to update to at least iOS 9 or Android OS 4.0.3:
- Apple iPhone 4S
- iPhone 5
- iPhone 5S
- iPhone 6
- iPhone 6S
- Samsung Galaxy S3 and newer
- Samsung Galaxy Note
- HTC Sensation
- HTC Thunderbolt
- LG Lucid
- Motorola Droid 4
- Sony Xperia Pro and newer
Also Whatsapp will be updating its Terms of Service next year, forcing users to agree to new privacy rules in order to keep using the app.
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