WhatsApp will stop working on select iPhones and Android smartphones starting January 2021

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With the year 2020 approaching its end, Facebook-owned WhatsApp is also said to end support on some old Android and iOS smartphones. WhatsApp is ending support for Android phones and iPhones that are not running on at least iOS 9 or Android 4.0.3 operating systems.

WhatsApp’s support page recommends users to use the latest version of their OS in order to enjoy all features and says that WhatsApp for iPhones requires iOS 9 or newer, while WhatsApp for Android is running on Android 4.0.3 and later. It is crucial to note that all the smartphones that are running on OS older than the least required version will lose support for the popular messaging app. For iPhones, all the iPhone models iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPhone 5S, iPhone 6, and iPhone 6S will need to update their operating system to iOS 9 or later in order to continue using WhatsApp.

For Android, The messaging App will stop functioning on smartphones that are running on an Android version older than 4.0.3. Some of such models are the LG Optimus Black, HTC Desire, Motorola Droid Razr, and the Samsung Galaxy S2. 

Some WhatsApp users may still continue to see it working on their older smartphones as their operating systems may have received a patch with an update. However, for others, the one and only solution may be to buy a new smartphone.

In order to find out the OS your phone is running on, iPhone users can go to Settings -> General -> Information, where you will find details about the software version on your iPhone. On the other hand, Android users can go to Settings -> About Phone to check which Android version their smartphone is running on.


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