Monday 28 December 2020 9:04 PM UTC
The iPhone 4 is one phone that will no longer be able to support WhatsApp
LONDON Dec 28: WhatsApp will stop working on millions of phones from January 1, 2021 as the messaging app phases out older devices, according to news reports.
However, in some cases, phones can be updated to more recent software in order to keep WhatsApp alive – but others will lose it altogether.
According to news on Metro newspaper, WhatsApp frequently drops support for older devices to keep up to date. From December 31, 2020, any iPhone running software older than iOS 9 will no longer be able to use it. This effectively means the iPhone 4 and older. The iPhone 4S, 5, 5S, 5C, 6 and 6S can all be updated to iOS 9 to keep WhatsApp running.
The newspaper added that any Android device running anything older than Android 4.0.3 will be similarly affected. If you do have a phone that is unable to be updated and don’t want to lose your chats, make sure you back them up before New Year’s Eve. You can do this by opening the chat you want to save and tapping on Group Info. You’ll then need to tap Export Chat to be given the option to download the chat with or without included media. Unfortunately, if your phone can’t be updated then you’ll need to start looking for a new one in 2021.
According to The Independent newspaper, any iPhone not running iOS 9 or newer, or any phone not running at least Android 4.0.3 – also known as Ice Cream Sandwich – will no longer be able to open or operate the Facebook-owned app.This means all iPhone models up to the iPhone 4 will be unable to support WhatsApp, as these phones are not capable of updating to iOS 9.
The iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPhone 5S, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6S were all released before iOS 9, however owners can still update to the operating system if they are yet to do so. 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.
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