A new update to WhatsApp will prevent the popular messaging app from working on millions of phones as of January 1, 2021.
Older iPhone and Android devices will no longer support the latest version of the app, forcing owners to update their mobile operating system or purchase a new smartphone.
This means that not all iPhone models up to iPhone 4 will be compatible with WhatsApp, as these phones cannot be updated to iOS 9.
IPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPhone 5S, iPhone 6, and iPhone 6S came out before iOS 9, however, owners can still update the operating system if they don’t. haven’t already done so.
Android phones that will lose support for WhatsApp include the Samsung Galaxy S2, HTC Desire, and LG Optimus Black.
Phone owners can see what software their device is using by checking the settings section. For iPhone users, this can be found at Settings > general > Software update.
Most of the world’s 2 billion WhatsApp users will not be affected by the change, although the smallest fraction will likely include several million people worldwide.
Phones that will lose WhatsApp support on January 1, 2021:
- Apple iPhone 1-4
- Samsung Galaxy s2
- HTC Desire
- LG Optimus Black
- Motorola Droid Razr
- All Android released before 2010
Phones that will need to be updated 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 lucide
- Motorola Droid 4
- Sony Xperia Pro and newer
The messaging giant will also update its terms of service next year, forcing users to agree to new privacy rules to continue using the app.