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WhatsApp will soon not be used on millions of phones

WhatsApp will soon not be used on millions of phones

WhatsApp will not be available on 47 older models of both iOS and Android devices starting January 1st. Millions of users of these phones receive a warning before the app stops working.

Models from Huawei, LG and Samsung, among others, that appeared on the market ten years ago have an older version of Android 4.1 and iOS 12.1. “Hardware and software change frequently, so we regularly review the operating systems we support and make updates,” WhatsApp says in a statement. ad.

“These devices may also not have the latest security updates, or they may lack the functionality needed to run WhatsApp. To keep up with the latest technical developments, we routinely stop supporting older operating systems. That way we can focus on supporting the latest systems.”

For users of old devices, there is no other option but to buy a new phone if they want to continue using WhatsApp.

The full list of devices on which WhatsApp can no longer be used:

  • Apple iPhone 5
  • Apple iPhone 5c
  • Archos 53 Platinum
  • Grand S Flex ZTE
  • ZTE Grand X Quad V987
  • HTC Desire 500
  • Huawei Ascend Dr
  • Huawei Ascend D1
  • Huawei Ascend D2
  • Huawei Ascend G740
  • Huawei Ascend Mate
  • Huawei Ascend P1
  • Quadruple
  • Lenovo A820
  • LG Enact
  • LG Lucid 2
  • LG Optimus 4XHD
  • LG Optimus F3 phone
  • LG Optimus F3Q phone
  • LG Optimus F5 phone
  • LG Optimus F6 phone
  • LG Optimus F7 phone
  • LG Optimus L2 II
  • LG Optimus L3 II
  • LG Optimus L3 II Dual
  • LG Optimus L4 II
  • LG Optimus L4 II Dual
  • LG Optimus L5
  • LG Optimus L5 Dual
  • LG Optimus L5 II
  • LG Optimus L7
  • LG Optimus L7 II
  • LG Optimus L7 II Dual
  • LG Optimus NitroHD
  • ZTE V956 Note
  • Samsung Galaxy Ace 2
  • Samsung Galaxy Core
  • Samsung Galaxy S2
  • Samsung Galaxy S3 mini
  • Samsung Galaxy Trend II
  • Samsung Galaxy Trend Lite
  • Samsung Galaxy Xcover 2
  • Sony Xperia Arc S
  • Sony Xperia Micro
  • Sony Xperia New L
  • Wiko Sync Five
  • Wiko Darknight ZT
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Also read: WhatsApp fined €225m for lack of transparency

By: Peter Visser