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WhatsApp will not work on millions of phones from January 1

A new update of WhatsApp will prevent the operation of the popular messaging application on millions of phones from January 1, 2021.


Older Android and iPhone devices will no longer support the latest version of the app, forcing owners to update their operating system of their mobile or buy a new smartphone.

Any iPhone not running iOS 9 or later, or any phone not running at least Android 4.0.3 - also known as Ice Cream Sandwich Will no longer be able to open or operate the WhatsApp application owned by Facebook.

This means that all iPhone models up to iPhone 4 will not be able to support WhatsApp as well phones can not be updated in iOS 9.

The iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPhone 5S, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6S were all released before iOS 9, however owners can continue to update their operating system.

Android phones that will lose WhatsApp support include the Samsung Galaxy S2, HTC Desire and LG Optimus Black.

Phone owners can see which software their device is using by checking the settings section. IPhone users, go to Settings> General> Software update.

Most of the 2 billion WhatsApp users worldwide will not be affected by change, although it looks like millions will be affected users worldwide.

A similar WhatsApp update made in early 2020 put an end to support yet older phones.

The phones that will lose WhatsApp support on January 1, 2021 are the following:

  • Apple iPhone 1-4
  • Samsung Galaxy S2
  • HTC Desire
  • LG Optimus Black
  • Motorola Droid Razr
  • Any Android released before 2010

Phones that must update to at least iOS 9 or Android OS 4.0.3:

  • Apple iPhone 4S
  • iPhone 5
  • iPhone 5S
  • iPhone 6
  • iPhone 6S
  • Samsung Galaxy S3 and newer
  • Samsung Galaxy Note
  • HTC Sensation
  • HTC Thunderbolt
  • LG Lucid
  • Motorola Droid 4
  • Sony Xperia Pro and newer

The giant messaging company will also update its Terms of Service next year, forcing users to agree to new privacy rules in order to continue using the application.

Earlier this month, WhatsApp confirmed to The Independent that all users "must agree" to the new terms by February 8, 2021 otherwise they will lose access to discussions their.

Source of information: The Independent


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