It’s sad to hear that WhatsApp will drop support for older phones on the 1st of November 2021, although this is not surprising as this is done quite often by these tech giants. In fact, Google just blocked apps on old Android phones.
About this time last year, it was announced that WhatsApp will drop support for older phones starting January 1, 2021. WhatsApp became compatible with only phones running on a minimum of Android 4.0.3 Operating system as well as iPhones running on a minimum of iOS 9.
WhatsApp is extending its ban and now has a new minimum Operating Systems requirement, anyone looking to continue using WhatsApp on their mobile phone will need to update their Operating System before November 1, 2021.
WhatsApp will drop Support for Older Phones, Here’s Why!
From the 1st of November 2021, If you own an Android phone, WhatsApp will require your mobile phone to be running on Android 4.1 or later. If you own an iPhone, you will need to be on iOS 10 or later.
Most tech giants stop supporting older phones because of the tremendous security risk involved in using outdated software. It is also not cost-effective to keep apps running on old versions of mobile phone Operating Systems because of the small number of people still using these phones.
If you own a mobile phone that uses WhatsApp and you fail to update your Operating System by the 1st of November, WhatsApp will stop working on your mobile phone. You will not be able to send or receive messages or make voice or video calls to your family and friends.
Yeah, it’s sad that WhatsApp will drop support for older phones, and for some of these phones, it’s the end of the road as there is no Operating Systems update available. This move by WhatsApp will no doubt affect millions of mobile phones but for most of the mobile phones affected, you may be able to update your Operating system. So make sure you check before ditching your mobile phone.
If your mobile phone is on the list below and you have never updated the Operating System of your mobile, the ban will likely affect you.
Which phones will be affected by WhatsApp?
Galaxy Trend II
Galaxy Ace 2.
Galaxy S3 mini
Galaxy Xcover 2
Samsung Galaxy Trend Lite.
iPhone 4s cannot be updated to iOS 10
iPhone 6s Plus
iPhone SE( 2016)
Sony Xperia Miro
Sony Xperia Neo L
Xperia Arc S
Huawei Ascend G740
Ascend D Quad XL
Ascend D1 Quad XL
Ascend P1 S
LG Lucid 2
Optimus L3 II Dual
Optimus L5 II
Optimus L5 Dual
Optimus L3 II
Optimus L7 II Dual
Optimus L7 II
Optimus L4 II Dual
Optimus L4 II
Optimus L2 II
Optimus Nitro HD and 4X HD
The Alcatel One Touch Evo 7
Archos 53 Platinum
HTC Desire 500
Caterpillar Cat B15
Wiko Cink Five
ZTE Grand S Flex
ZTE Grand X Quad V987
ZTE Grand Memo.
How to update Operating System Android
How to update Operating System on iOS
- To update your mobile phone operating system go to Settings.
- Next, tap General, then Software Update.
- Select the Software update available.
- Tap Install Now. If you see Download and Install instead, tap it to download the update.
- Enter your passcode, then tap Install Now.