As of January 1, the WhatsApp application will no longer be available on some phone models. Full list
As previously mentioned, WhatsApp will no longer be compatible with different phone kinds. Therefore, as of January 1, users of around 49 phone models introduced more than a decade ago will no longer be able to transmit messages and other content via WhatsApp. Those using handsets running Android versions prior to 4.1 (Jelly Bean) and iOS 12.1 will no longer be able to use WhatsApp.
BFMTV.com quotes WhatsApp as saying, “In order to stay up with the newest technological breakthroughs, we discontinue support for outdated operating systems on a regular basis in order to allocate our resources to supporting newer platforms.”
Among the targeted smartphones are the 2012 and 2013-released iPhone 5 and 5c, the Samsung Galaxy S2 and S3 mini, and the HTC Desire 500.
However, the majority of customers already employ Android 4.1. According to a February 2021 Android census, just 0.2% of devices utilize a later version. iOS, in contrast, is at version 16.2
However, WhatsApp users with these sorts of phones still have a few options available to them. On some devices, it is possible to update to the next version of the operating system. The update requires at least Android 4.1 and iOS 12, and it is performed in the settings menu.
On October 24, 2022, WhatsApp released its final operating system upgrade, and support for iOS 10 and 11 was withdrawn.
Here is the full list of the phones in question: iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, Archos 53 Platinum, Grand S Flex ZTE, Grand X Quad V987 ZTE, HTC Desire 500, Huawei Ascend D, Huawei Ascend D1, Huawei Ascend D2, Huawei Ascend G740, Huawei Ascend Mate, Huawei Ascend P1, Quad XL, Lenovo A820, LG Enact, LG Lucid 2, LG Optimus 4X HD, LG Optimus F3, LG Optimus F3Q, LG Optimus F5, LG Optimus F6, LG Optimus F7, 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 L7 II Dual, LG Optimus Nitro HD, Memo ZTE V956, Samsung Galaxy Ace 2. , Samsung Galaxy Core, Samsung Galaxy S2, Samsung Galaxy 2., Samsung Galaxy 2, Samsung Galaxy 2, Samsung Galaxy 2, Samsung Galaxy 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 Miro, Sony Xperia Neo L, Wiko Cink Five, Wiko Darknight ZT.