The popular instant messaging app known as WhatsApp is no longer supported on some older smartphone devices as of December 31, 2022.
There are a total of 49 models that will no longer support this app, including two iPhones, as well as several Samsung, LG, and Huawei models.
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What is WhatsApp?
WhatsApp is an instant messaging application that is used to send messages, images, videos, and audio files. It has been very popular over the years due to its features such as group chat, voice messaging, and location sharing, and is commonly used among those who like to message friends who live in other countries.
It works like any other messaging app you might find on a smartphone (such as iMessage for iPhone). However, the main difference is that WhatsApp uses the internet to send these messages and it doesn’t cost money.
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This means that you will need an internet connection to use WhatsApp. The app can be downloaded for free from the App Store or Google Play Store, and again, it’s 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. Additionally, if you use WhatsApp to send messages while abroad, you may be charged for data usage, depending on your mobile plan.
Why does WhatsApp end support for these smartphones?
The experts at WhatsApp, just like many other apps, regularly update the app with new features so that users can have a better and more enhanced experience.
These updates are also intended to support the latest models of iPhone, Android, and other devices that come out often. As technology moves so fast, it comes out with the old and the new, and every company has to keep up with each other.
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So, when WhatsApp makes new updates for newer operating systems, they also get rid of support for old and outdated devices because they no longer serve the needs of the company or the consumer.
What models will not support WhatsApp anymore?
The following smartphone models will not support WhatsApp:
- Archos 53 Platinum
- Grand S Flex ZTE
- ZTE Grand X Quad V987
- Iphone 5
- iPhone 5c
- HTC Desire 500
- Huawei Ascend Dr
- Huawei Ascend D1
- Huawei Ascend D2
- Huawei Ascend G740
- Huawei Ascend Mate
- Huawei Ascend P1
- Quad XL
- Lenovo A820
- LG Enact
- LG Lucid 2
- LG Optimus 4X HD
- LG Optimus F3 phone
- LG Optimus F3Q phone
- LG Optimus F5 phone
- LG Optimus F6 phone
- LG Optimus F7 phone
- LG Optimus L2 II
- LG Optimus L3 II
- LG Optimus L3 II Dual
- LG Optimus L4 II
- LG Optimus L4 II Dual
- LG Optimus L5
- LG Optimus L5 Dual
- LG Optimus L5 II
- LG Optimus L7
- LG Optimus L7 I
- LG Optimus L7 II Dual
- LG Optimus Nitro HD
- ZTE V956 Note
- 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 New L
- Wiko Sync Five
- Wiko Darknight ZT
Which smartphones still support WhatsApp?
WhatsApp will continue to support all Android phones running OS 4.1 or later, as well as iPhones running iOS12 or higher. It will also support smartphones running on KaiOS2.5, including JioPhone and JioPhone 2.
How do I update my smartphone so I can keep WhatsApp?
to check your Iphone Has the latest update:
- go to the settings
- Choose Public
- click system update
- If you have an update available, tap Install now
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to check your android Has the latest update:
- Unlock your phone settings Implementation
- Near the bottom, tap System
- click system update, And you will see your update status. Follow any on-screen steps
How do you feel about this big change in WhatsApp? Let us know your thoughts.
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