WhatsApp normally ends assist for older iOS and Android smartphones on the finish of every calendar 12 months – and this 12 months, a number of studies are indicating the identical. It is being stated that WhatsApp will cease engaged on smartphones working iOS 9 or Android 4.0.Three and beneath. Nonetheless, the corporate’s assist web page clearly highlights that customers are really useful to have no less than iOS 9 or Android 4.0.Three to take pleasure in its messaging app. It basically signifies that the Fb-owned firm needs customers to get the appropriate OS model of their smartphone (topic to availability) to take pleasure in all the brand new options with well timed safety fixes.
Apple iPhone customers can go to Settings > Normal > Data to verify their OS model, whereas Android customers want to go to Settings > About Phone, to search out the identical info. Whereas there aren’t quite a lot of smartphones which are at present working on these dated working methods, it’s nonetheless essential to notice which particular gadgets will lose assist for the favored messaging app. For iPhones, all of the iPhone fashions as much as the iPhone Four will lose assist for WhatsApp as they don’t have iOS 9. It additionally signifies that different older fashions such because the iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPhone 5S, iPhone 6, and iPhone 6S should replace their working system to iOS 9 or later with a view to proceed utilizing the messaging app. For Android, WhatsApp will cease engaged on smartphones which are working on an Android model sooner than 4.0.3.
Once more, not quite a lot of gadgets at present run on an Android model sooner than 4.0.3. Nonetheless, among the fashions are the HTC Need, LG Optimus Black, Motorola Droid Razr, and the Samsung Galaxy S2 that use the erstwhile Android OS.
Coming to the date for the top of assist, the WhatsApp assist web page doesn’t present any actual particulars over this. A number of studies; nonetheless, are claiming that WhatsApp will cease functioning after January 1, 2021, on gadgets with iOS 9 or Android 4.0.Three or beneath. In a response to India At present, the corporate says that telephones with OS model beneath iOS 9 or Android 4.0.Three are already not supported. “All of the information studies that say WhatsApp will cease engaged on the previous iPhones and Android gadgets that do not run no less than iOS 9 or one thing newer or Android 4.0.Three or one thing newer from January 1, 2021, aren’t saying something new. These previous telephones are already not supported. They’re simply speaking concerning the WhatsApp coverage change that was introduced in December 2019, and in some way connecting it to January 1, 2021,” it added.
Due to this fact, Android and iOS customers don’t must panic so long as you are on the most recent or appropriate OS model. Nonetheless, for others, the one answer could also be to get a brand new smartphone altogether. Earlier this 12 months, WhatsApp ended assist for smartphones working on iOS eight or older, and Android telephones working on model 2.3.7 or older.