The latest WhatsApp update is ready for release tomorrow, November 1, 2021, and it has some very bad news for its massive million users. Updating WhatsApp will bring a number of changes and among them one that will affect users who have older phones with outdated software. WhatsApp support for these phone owners will be discontinued and they will not be able to use their phones. This will leave them no choice but to buy a new smartphone.
This will mean spending a lot of money, even if their current phone is in good working order. Another thing these users can do is try to upgrade their phones to a higher version of the OS that meets WhatsApp’s requirements.
While some phones can do this, most will still fail to reach the high levels that are required and hence will face WhatsApp blocking. This will happen not only to Android phone users but also to Apple iPhone users.
If you want to know if you are safe, there are two ways to do it. The first can be easily answered by specifying in the WhatsApp statement which smartphones it will support. WhatsApp stated: “We provide support and recommend the following devices: Android running OS 4.1 and newer. iPhone running iOS 10 or later, KaiOS 2.5.0 or later, including JioPhone and JioPhone 2. ” All phones that do not have this or a later version of the software will not receive WhatsApp support.
List of phones where WhatsApp will stop working
- Others: Alcatel, Archos 53 Platinum, HTC Desire 500, Caterpillar Cat B15, Wiko Cink Five, and Wiko Darknight, Lenovo A820 UMi X2, Run F1, THL W8.
- LG: Lucid 2, Optimus F7, Optimus F5, Optimus L3 II, Dual Optimus L5, Best L5 II, Optimus L5, Dual Best L3 II, Optimus L7, Optimus L7, Dual Best L7 II, Optimus F6, Enact Optimus F3, Best L4 II, Best L2 II, Optimus Nitro HD, Optimus 4X HD and Optimus F3Q.
- Huawei: Ascend G740, Ascend Mate, Ascend D Quad XL, Ascend D1 Quad XL, Ascend P1 S, and Ascend D2.
- Apple: iPhone 6, iPhone 6s plus, iPhone SE
- Samsung: Galaxy Trend Lite, Galaxy Trend II, Galaxy SII, Galaxy S3 mini, Galaxy Xcover 2, Galaxy Core, and Galaxy Ace 2.
- ZTE: Grand S Flex, ZTE V956, Grand X Quad V987 and Grand Memo.
- Sony: Xperia Miro, Xperia Neo L, and Xperia Arc S.