WhatsApp is constantly updating its application on each operating system in order to improve the security and the list of features as well. The minimum hardware requirements keep increasing to run the new features. Older smartphones will no longer be eligible to run the Meta-owned messaging app.
WhatsApp will begin removing support from some Android, iOS, and KaiOS devices running on older versions of the operating system starting today. The app will stop working on some devices altogether.
In order to continue using the app, the user will have no choice but to get a new device that supports the app. Users can save their chat history before switching to the new device to keep all chats and media.
Devices running Android 4.0.4 and earlier will stop supporting the messaging app. The Icecream Sandwich update was released in 2011.
Some popular Android devices that will not be able to use WhatsApp include, Samsung Galaxy SII, Galaxy S3 mini, Optimus L5 Dual, Optimus L4 II Dual, Optimus F7, Optimus F5 and more.
The list of Android phones published by WhatsApp includes smartphones from Samsung, LG, ZTE, Huawei, Sony, Alcatel and others.
The minimum system requirements to run WhatsApp will be limited to iOS 10 and newer versions. Any iPhone running on operating systems prior to iOS 10 will no longer work as of November 1. Devices like iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S Plus, Apple iPhone SE (1st generation) will stop supporting messaging app.
WhatsApp only supports phones running KaiOS 2.5.0 and later. JioPhone and JioPhone 2 will continue to receive support.
When switching to new devices, users are advised to save their chats and other data to continue using the app with the least amount of interruptions.
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