WhatsApp will stop working for some iPhones and also select Android smartphones starting January 1, 2021. This piece of news should worry all WhatsApp users around the globe, but we suggest you just calm down.
This is because the WhatsApp support is ending for smartphones running on an outdated operating system (OS). Some reports making round on the internet suggest that iPhones running on OS older than iOS 9 and Android phones running on OS older than Android 4.0.3 will not support WhatsApp starting January 1.
The decision to end support for these models should not be a problem for you because most iPhones and Android phones currently run on a newer operating system. However, if you are still using a smartphone running on older operating system WhatsApp recommends upgrading the mobile device before the service is interrupted.
WhatsApp support ends for these iPhones, Android phones
iPhones running on iOS 9 OS or later and Android phones running on Android 4.0.3 and the newer version will stop supporting WhatsApp from January 1, 2021. This means all iPhone models up to the iPhone 4 will lose support for the messaging platform in the next few days. The iPhone models include iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPhone 5S, iPhone 6, and iPhone 6S. If your iPhone runs on an old operating system ensure to update the mobile device right now.
As for Android, WhatsApp will stop working on smartphones that are running on an Android version older than 4.0.3. Well, this should not worry you much as not many Android devices run on such old software right now.
Some of the Android phones that are still running on old OS include HTC Desire, LG Optimus Black, Motorola Droid Razr, and the Samsung Galaxy S2. Users must ensure to upgrade their smartphone to the latest operating system to enjoy using the messaging app and connect with loved ones.
How to check my phone’s OS?
It’s easy. You can check which operating system your mobile phone is running. To check which OS your iPhone is running head over to the Settings menu, then to General and Information option, Software and you will be able to see the OS running your iPhone. Android users can head to Settings, then About Phone to see which Android version their smartphone is running on.