April 30, 2021
WhatsApp will No Longer Work on Some Older Smartphone Models beginning January 1st

Older Smartphone Owners might Lose Access to WhatsApp on January 1st

WhatsApp won’t work on some older model smartphones come Friday, January 1st, unless users upgrade their OS or their handheld devices…

By the end of the week, WhatsApp users with older iPhone and Android devices might lose partial or all access to the messaging platform. The makers of the chat app have confirmed support for some older model smartphones will stop in the new year. For a group of users, WhatsApp will cease to function altogether. Those impacted will be folks with iOS 8 or older, and those with Android 4.0.2 or older. So, anyone running iOS 9 or Android 4.0.3 should not be affected.

WhatsApp will No Longer Work on Some Older Smartphone Models beginning January 1st

The cut-off of WhatsApp support will start on Friday, January 1st, which means it’s best to check what OS is installed in order to take proactive measures. Unfortunately, anyone with an iPhone 4 or older will not be able to upgrade to the latest software. That goes for much older Android phones, like the Samsung Galaxy S2, a model released way back in May of 2011, more than nine years ago.

Although, some WhatsApp users will be able to update their software to iOS 9 or newer. Or, upgrade to Android 4.0.3 or later. Either move should prevent the loss of any functionality. If neither software update option is possible, upgrading to a newer model phone will be necessary.

Ashley Lipman

Ashley Lipman is a super-connector with Outreachmama who helps businesses find their audience online through outreach, partnerships, and networking.

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