As of December 31, 2022, certain older smartphone devices will no longer support the popular instant messaging application WhatsApp.
A total of 49 models will no longer support the app, including two iPhones, as well as various Samsung, LG and Huawei models.
What is WhatsApp?
WhatsApp is an instant messaging application used to send messages, pictures, video and audio files. It has remained very popular over the years thanks to its features like group chat, voice messaging and location sharing, and is often used by those looking to message friends who live in other countries.
It works just like any other messaging app you might find on your smartphone (i.e. the iMessage app for iPhone). However, the main difference is that WhatsApp uses the internet to send these messages and costs nothing.
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This means you need an internet connection to use WhatsApp. The app is free to download from the App Store or Google Play Store and is free to use.
However, if you use WhatsApp to make international calls, you may be charged depending on your mobile plan or Internet service provider. Also, if you use WhatsApp to send messages while abroad, you may be charged for data usage, depending on your mobile plan.
Why is WhatsApp ending support for these smartphones?
Experts at WhatsApp, like many other apps, regularly update the app with new features so that users can have a better and enhanced experience.
These updates are also designed to support newer models of iPhone, Android, and other devices that come out frequently. With technology moving so fast, with new and old, each company has to keep up with the other.
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So when WhatsApp makes new updates for newer operating systems, they also stop supporting old and outdated devices as they no longer meet the needs of the company or consumers.
Which models will no longer support WhatsApp?
The following smartphone models will no longer support WhatsApp:
- Archos 53 Platinum
- Grand S Flex ZTE
- Grand X Quad V987 ZTE
- iPhone 5
- iPhone 5C
- HTC Desire 500
- Huawei Ascend D
- Huawei Ascend D1
- Huawei Ascend D2
- Huawei Ascend G740
- Huawei Ascend Mate
- Huawei Ascend P1
- Square XL
- Lenovo A820
- LG Enact
- LG Lucid 2
- LG Optimus 4X HD
- LG Optimus Prime F3
- LG Optimus Prime F3Q
- LG Optimus Prime F5
- LG Optimus Prime F6
- LG Optimus Prime 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 Prime L5
- LG Optimus L5 Dual
- LG Optimus L5 II
- LG Optimus Prime L7
- LG Optimus Prime L7 I
- LG Optimus L7 II Dual
- LG Optimus Nitro HD
- Memo ZTE V956
- 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 Miro
- Sony Xperia Neo L
- Wiko Sink Five
- Wiko dark night ZT
Which smartphones still support WhatsApp?
WhatsApp will still support all Android phones running OS 4.1 or higher, and iPhones running iOS 12 or higher. It will also support smartphones running KaiOS 2.5, including JioPhone and JioPhone 2.
How do I update my smartphone so I can keep WhatsApp?
Make sure your iPhone There is the latest update:
- go set up
- choose General
- click Software update
- If an update is available for you, press the install now
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Make sure your android There is the latest update:
- turn on your phone set up application
- Near the bottom, tap system
- click system update, You will see your updated status.Follow any steps on the screen
What do you think of this huge change for WhatsApp? Let us know what you think.
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