In a recent announcement that may raise eyebrows for countless tech aficionados, popular instant messaging service WhatsApp has confirmed that it will no longer work on selected iPhones and Android smartphones starting from October 24. The news is anticipated to impact a significant number of users worldwide, especially those choosing to hold onto older models of their trusted devices.
In a note on its FAQ page seen by Wothappen.com, the Meta-owned app stated that it will stop supporting smartphones running Android 4.1 or below.
Also, iPhones still running iOS 11 or lower will be cut off.
Smartphones that will support WhatsApp
According to WhatsApp, it will only have support for phones with Android 5.1 and above after the set date.
The messaging platform will also continue to support iPhones with iOS 12 and later and KaiOS 2.5.0 and above.
WhatsApp message reads:
“Starting October 24, 2023, only Android OS version 5.0 and newer will be supported.Trending
“Your phone must be able to receive SMS or calls during the verification process. We don’t support setting up new accounts on WiFi only devices.
“Before we stop supporting your operating system, you’ll be notified directly in WhatsApp ahead of time and reminded a few times to upgrade.
“We’ll update this page regularly to ensure that the latest operating systems that we support are listed.”
While WhatsApp failed to list out the phones that will be affected by the change, checks by WOTHAPPEN.Com show Android users that are likely to be affected, including phones from Sony, HTC, LG, Motorolla and more.
While iPhones still running on iOS 11 need to update to iOS 12.