WhatsApp support is being stopped for a number of older smartphone models, which have been bought by millions of people. WhatsApp support being revoked is effective from November 1. WhatsApp orders will apply to both Android and iOS smartphones. Here are all the details and how to try and fix the problem.
WhatsApp has been steadily getting a slew of updates to make the chatting experience better than ever. Most of these features are reliant on the latest Android and iOS software, and in order to have the same experience for everyone, WhatsApp keep dropping support for older OS as time passes. And as part of this practice, WhatsApp has again dropped support for a few older smartphones.
As part of the next move, WhatsApp will now not be supported on Android devices still running on Android 4.0.3. On the iOS side of things, iPhones running on iOS 9 too will not get support. The support will be dropped starting November 1 but users won’t be immediately unable to use the service; it will keep working until the next major WhatsApp update drops.
WhatsApp support dropped on these phones
Now, Android 4.0.3 was available on a lot of Android devices back in its heydays. Hence, there are a lot of smartphones that will be affected by this move. Some of the popular ones from Samsung include the Galaxy S2, Galaxy S3 Mini, Galaxy Trend 2, Galaxy Trend Lite, Galaxy XCover 2, Galaxy Core, and Galaxy Ace 2.
Similarly, a lot of smartphones from the 2011-2013 era will lose the support of WhatsApp in the next few weeks. However, the chances of most of you using any of these smartphones are slim, especially in 2021. Hence, you needn’t worry too much about the drop in support.
However, if you decided against updating your iPhone 6S since you first started using it in 2015 for some reason, now might be the right time to get that iOS 15 update. WhatsApp will drop support for iOS 9 devices but the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus are compatible with the latest iOS 15 update.
Notably, what people with older Android phones can do to keep running their WhatsApp account is to also try and update their phones’ software. However, the chances of a fix are slim.
Meanwhile, WhatsApp has just released the ability to join video and audio calls in a group even after it has started. If you update to the latest version of WhatsApp, you can now see the group chat notification in your WhatsApp group and you can join in at your convenience.
Full list of phones WhatsApp will stop working on Android
Galaxy Trend Lite,
Galaxy Trend II,
Galaxy S3 mini,
Galaxy Xcover 2,
Galaxy Ace 2
LG Lucid 2,
Optimus L3 II Dual,
Optimus L5, Optimus L5 II,
Optimus L5 Dual,
Optimus L3 II,
Optimus L7 II Dual,
Optimus L7 II, Optimus F6,
Enact, Optimus L4 II Dual,
Optimus F3, Optimus L4 II,
Optimus L2 II,
Optimus Nitro HD and 4X HD,