WhatsApp, the popular messaging app, will cease support for Android smartphones running outdated operating systems starting next month, in October.
After October 24, WhatsApp will no longer function on Android devices with an operating system version of 4.1 or older.
Users in this category will need to upgrade to a device with a more recent OS to access WhatsApp’s latest features.
WhatsApp’s Decision to End Support
WhatsApp explained in its FAQ section that, like many tech companies, it annually assesses which devices and operating systems to discontinue support for.
This decision is primarily based on the age of the software and the dwindling number of users still using it.
Older devices may also lack crucial security updates and essential functionalities required to run WhatsApp effectively.
Before ending support, WhatsApp will send reminders to users with outdated devices, encouraging them to either upgrade their phones or update their operating systems.
Once support is discontinued, users with older Android phones will be unable to send or receive messages via WhatsApp.
The list of smartphones that will no longer be supported by WhatsApp includes Nexus 7, Samsung Galaxy Note 2,
HTC One, Sony Xperia Z, LG Optimus G Pro, Samsung Galaxy S2, Samsung Galaxy Nexus, HTC Sensation,
Motorola Droid Razr, Sony Xperia S2, Motorola Xoom, Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, Samsung Galaxy S,
HTC Desire HD, LG Optimus 2X, Sony Ericsson Arc3, Asus E Pad Transformer, and Acer Iconia Tab A5003.
To check your phone’s operating system, you can find the “Software Information” option in your phone’s settings under the “About Phone” section.
Devices That Will Still Work
To continue using WhatsApp after October 24, you will need an Android device with an OS version of 5.0 or higher.
iPhone users must have at least iOS 12, while JioPhone and JioPhone 2 users will need KaiOS 2.5.0 or newer to access WhatsApp.