With the year in its final quarter, WhatsApp’s annual upgrade to its phone support is ready to roll out soon. Starting November, the chat app will withdraw supports for some of the oldest devices that currently run WhatsApp. Users of such smartphones are hence urged to upgrade their device to a new one, in order to retain their WhatsApp account.
WhatsApp had earlier released a list of devices that will become incompatible for running WhatsApp after November, The list pans across iOS, Android and other operating systems (OS) ecosystems. So no matter which company’s phone you use, if it is too old, you should look through this list with a keen eye.
In terms of OS compatibility, WhatsApp says that its app will only run on Android version 4.1 and newer from November 1. For iPhones, this limit has been set to iOS 10 and newer versions. Similarly, KaiOS 2.5.0 and newer, as well as JioPhone and JioPhone 2 will run WhatsApp going forward.
WhatsApp recommends its users to update their device or its operating system till the date to continue using the app’s services. Of course, there are smartphones that do not receive Android or iOS updates from their OEMs now and hence cannot be updated. This means users of such smartphones will have to upgrade to a new smartphone eventually.
Note that the withdrawal of support does not meant that the app will stop working immediately on these smartphones. Instead, the company will stop releasing security and feature updates on these devices, which will eventually lead them unable to use the chat app. So those wondering if their old phone falls in this category, here is a look at the list.
List of smartphones losing WhatsApp support
Starting with the iPhones, iPhone 6, iPhone 6S plus and iPhone SE will not be supported by WhatsApp going forward. All later iPhone models have an upgraded iOS that will still function with WhatsApp properly. The Android group, on the other hand, has a large list of phones of different make that will be too old for WhatsApp in a month.
This includes seven Samsung phones, like Samsung Galaxy Trend Lite, Galaxy Trend II, Galaxy SII, Galaxy S3 mini, Galaxy Xcover 2, Galaxy Core and Galaxy Ace 2. Four ZTE devices will lose support as well, including ZTE Grand S Flex, ZTE V956, Grand X Quad V987 and Grand Memo.
Many LG devices are on the brink too. The list includes 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 and Optimus F3Q.
Sony Xperia Miro, Xperia Neo L and Xperia Arc S will also be outdated for WhatsApp post-November 1. Other smartphones in the list include those of Huawei, Alcatel, Lenovo, THL and more.
Users of these devices are advised to back up their chat data before the mentioned date. In case they do not switch the smartphone post the date, their account can still be activated by logging onto another device at any time in the future.