WhatsApp recently updated the support page, which highlights the operating systems of the devices that support its application, and it has been found that the application will stop working on millions of old mobile devices worldwide next year, and this means that there is only a week left for users of these devices. Only one to update it in case they want to use WhatsApp services.
And through its updated Frequently Asked Questions page, she confirmed that devices running operating systems earlier than (Android 4.0.3) or (iOS 9) would lose access to WhatsApp as of 2021.
WhatsApp is also considered the most popular messaging application globally. The number of its users reached more than two billion users around the world during 2020, and the number of messages sent through it reached 100 billion messages per day. So WhatsApp continues to offer updates and new features to stay ahead of the competition.
The company has supported the application with a lot of features over the past years, including video calls, improved privacy controls, in addition to biometric authentication, integration with the (Any. do) application to add reminders and tasks, the feature of self-disappearing messages, custom backgrounds for each conversation, and more. That’s a lot.
Accordingly, due to the many updates supported by the application, the operating systems in the devices must be updated for the application to work properly, so today, we review devices that will not support the application during 2021 and the solution:
First, Android devices that will not support WhatsApp in 2021:
The WhatsApp application will stop working – correctly at least – on Android smartphones running an operating system earlier than (Android 4.0.3), and include the following:
• HTC Desire.
• LG Optimus Black.
• Motorola Droid Razr.
• Samsung Galaxy S2.
Second: iPhone phones that will be deprived of the application
WhatsApp will not work on all (iPhone 4) models and any older model. Accordingly, iPhone 5, iPhone 5S, iPhone 6, and iPhone 6S models will need to update the operating system to iOS 9 or later to continue using the app.
And in the case of the iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S Plus, and the first generation iPhone SE, you can install the latest version of iOS 14 on them.
How to check your phone’s operating system?
To find out which version of the Android operating system your device runs on, you can follow the following steps:
Go to the settings on your phone.
• Click on the option About Phone. This is where the operating system version your device is running in will appear, and if an update is available, it will also appear.
• Click on the option Software Update if there is an update available for your phone.
To find out the version of the operating system in which the iPhone runs, you can follow the following steps:
Go to Settings on the phone.
• Click on the General option.
• Click on the option About; Where you will see a list of important information about the phone, including the operating system version. If there is an update available, it will also appear at the bottom of this page.
How can you continue to use WhatsApp on these devices?
If your phone supports the operating systems (Android 4.0.3), (iOS 9), or any later, it must be installed now; otherwise, the solution will be to get a new smartphone.
WhatsApp is usual to withdraw support for older versions of operating systems at the end of each year. As it is at the beginning of 2020; It did not work on devices running Android 2.3.7 or iOS 8 either.
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