And theWill not be able WhatsApp users who use the app on iPhone 4 phones or older iPhones and older Android devices can use the app correctly as of January 1, 2021.
The Facebook-owned messaging platform is discontinuing support for iOS 9, released by Apple in 2015.
Non-Apple users, who also have an old device, are affected if their devices are still running Android 4.0.3, which Google released in 2011, such as: HTC Desire, LG Optimus Black, Motorola Droid Razr and Samsung Galaxy S2.
The iOS 9 was the latest software update that the iPhone 4 could receive, while the latest models were able to upgrade to the latest versions, as Apple released iOS 14 in a month. September 2020.
Later models, such as: iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPhone 5S, iPhone 5C, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6S, can be updated in order to keep WhatsApp working over the phone.
The move to stop support for legacy devices is a usual tactic for app developers, in order to free up resources to focus on product improvement for the majority of users who have more modern hardware.
However, WhatsApp is one of the most popular apps in the world, with 2 billion users, andIt is popular all over the world, especially in places where cheap and old smartphones are still popular.
Users concerned about losing WhatsApp access should check their phone settings to see if they are using iOS 9 or Android 4.0.3.
For phones that cannot be updated to the latest operating system, the app stops working properly at the dawn of 2021.
The WhatsApp support page recommends that users use the latest version of the operating system to enjoy all the features.
It is reported that WhatsApp ended last year its support for smartphones running iOS 8 or earlier, and Android phones running version 2.3.7 or earlier.