From 1er November, WhatsApp drops support of smartphones on Android or iOS considered too old.
It will still be possible to use older versions of the application but users will no longer be able to take advantage of the updates.
Gradually discontinued versions of WhatsApp
Regularly, WhatsApp stops supporting its application on certain versions of Android or iOS that are too old to be able to run the new features correctly. This will be the case again from 1er November, as announced on the company’s website. Owners of older Android or iOS smartphones will no longer be able to download the application or have access to updates if it is already on their device.
In the latter case, it will continue to operate for a while before becoming unavailable. Above all, users will be increasingly at risk without the latest security updates. For iPhone owners, it will be necessary to be under iOS 10 or higher to be able to continue using messaging. On Android, the operating system version must be higher than 4.0.4.
Several dozen phones and tablets affected
The complete list of smartphones and tablets that will no longer be supported is based on the operating system present on the phone when it was released. So don’t panic if your phone is on the list since for some of them, especially the iPhone SE and 6S which are compatible with iOS 15, it will suffice to update to a more recent version of the system. the operation to be able to continue using the application. The full list is as follows:
- Apple: iPhone SE, iPhone 6S, and iPhone 6S Plus.
- Huawei : Ascend G740, Ascend Mate, Ascend D Quad XL, Ascend D1 Quad XL, Ascend P1 S and Ascend D2.
- LG : Lucid 2, Optimus F7, Optimus F5, Optimus L3 II Dual, Optimus F5, Optimus L5, Optimus L5 II, Optimus L5 Dual, Optimus L3 II, Optimus L7, Optimus L7 II Dual, Optimus L7 II, Optimus F6, Enact, Optimus L4 II Dual, Optimus F3, Optimus L4 II, Optimus L2 II, Optimus Nitro HD and 4X HD, and Optimus F3Q.
- Samsung: Galaxy Trend Lite, Galaxy Trend II, Galaxy S2, Galaxy S3 mini, Galaxy Xcover 2, Galaxy Core, and Galaxy Ace 2.
- Sony: Xperia Miro, Sony Xperia Neo L, and Xperia Arc S.
- ZTE : Grand S Flex, ZTE V956, Grand X Quad V987 and Memo.
- Others: Alcatel One Touch Evo 7, Archos 53 Platinum, HTC Desire 500, Caterpillar Cat B15, Wiko Cink Five, Wiko Darknight, Lenovo A820, UMi X2, Faea F1, and THL W8.
If your smartphone is in the list, it is advisable to check your operating system version and see if you can update if necessary. Otherwise, WhatsApp advises you to create backups of your chat history before Monday so that you can keep your data.