WhatsApp will STOP working on over 50 phones starting November 1st

WhatsApp will STOP working on over 50 phones starting November 1st

With over two billion active users worldwide, it is no wonder why WhatsApp is the most used messaging app right now.

Its useful and fun features are one of the app’s selling points. However, its most highlighted its end-to-end encryption that ensures all your chats are safe and secure from unwanted eyes.

Read: WhatsApp is testing out encrypted cloud backups on Android

It’s a known fact, that every now and then, app developers opt to abandon support for some devices choosing not to provide them any more updates.

Unfortunately, this is what WhatsApp has chosen to do. Starting November 1st, the popular messaging app will no longer work on over 50 phones, which has hundreds of users still.


WhatsApp will no longer work for these phones –– is yours included?

WhatsApp just announced in a blog that it will no longer be used on a number of smartphones.

WhatsApp will no longer support Android phones running OS 4.0.4 and older on November 1, 2021. Please switch to a supported device or save your chat history before then,

the company wrote.

If you suspect this move to be related to a new update, then you are right. The reason behind the company stopping its support on older smartphones is that they no longer are compatible with the upcoming software.

Like many of you already know, the older a device gets, it becomes impossible to update its apps. Also, manufacturers will eventually cease support of their operating systems.

Also read: No more system support for the Galaxy S8, officially the end of life

As of the end of September, WhatsApp was blocked on phones running on the Android version 4.0.3 and earlier. And now, it looks like the time for Android 4.0.4 has come.

The Android 4.0.4 was released back in 2021, and along with it is the Android 4.1 –– both of these operating systems will no longer be able to run WhatsApp any longer.

With that, it is somewhat safe to say that devices released back in 2012 run these operating systems. Reasons like this are one of the reasons why upgrading your smartphone is sometimes a good idea.

List of devices that will no longer run WhatsApp

1. Apple iPhone

  • iPhone 6
  • iPhone 6S Plus
  • iPhone SE

2. Samsung Galaxy

  • Galaxy Trend Lite
  • Galaxy Trend II
  • Galaxy S2
  • Galaxy S3 mini
  • Galaxy Xcover 2
  • Galaxy Core
  • Galaxy Ace 2

3. LG

  • Lucid 2
  • Optimus F7
  • Optimus F5
  • Optimus L3 II Dual
  • Optimus F5
  • Optimus L5
  • Best L5 II
  • Optimus L5 Dual
  • Best L3 II
  • Optimus L7
  • Optimus L7 II Dual
  • Best L7 II
  • Optimus F6, Enact
  • Optimus L4 II Dual
  • Optimus F3
  • Best L4 II
  • Best L2 II
  • Optimus Nitro HD
  • Optimus 4X HD
  • Optimus F3Q

4. ZTE

  • ZTE V956
  • Grand X Quad V987
  • Grand Memo

5. Sony

  • Xperia Miro
  • Xperia Neo L
  • Xperia Arc S

6. Huawei

  • Ascend G740
  • Ascend Mate
  • Ascend D Quad XL
  • Ascend D1 Quad XL
  • Ascend P1 S
  • Ascend D2

7. Other smartphones

  • Alcatel
  • Archos 53 Platinum
  • HTC Desire 500
  • Caterpillar Cat B15
  • Wiko Cink Five
  • Wiko Darknight
  • Lenovo A820
  • UMi X2
  • Run F1
  • THL W8

Is your phone included in the list? If so, you might have to upgrade to a newer smartphone. But before migrating everything to another phone, it’s best if you backup your Android data first because you might lose them in the process.

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