Facebook-owned WhatsApp will end support on some Android and iOS devices starting January 1, 2021. Android models that will no longer support WhatsApp next year include HTC Desire, LG Optimus Black, and Samsung Galaxy S2. Apple devices up to iPhone 4 will also lose support.
The messaging app will work on Android devices running on OS 4.0.3 and newer versions. WhatsApp said in its updated FAQ page, Apple iPhone devices running iOS 9 and higher will continue receiving services.
The app will keep running on select phones with KaiOS 2.5.1 and newer, including JioPhone and JioPhone 2. The California-based app introduced several features this year, including disappearing messages, a cloud-hosting suite, and a ‘shopping carts’ feature for its Business app.
According to the WhatsApp FAQ section, the app will only be compatible with smartphones running on the Android 4.0.3 operating system or even newer as well as iPhones that are running on iOS 9 and newer.
All the iPhone models up to the iPhone 4 will be losing support for the messaging service in the next few days. The iPhone models include the iPhone 4S, the iPhone 5, the iPhone 5S, the iPhone 6, and the iPhone 6S.
For Android, devices including HTC Desire, Motorola Droid Razr, LG Optimus Black, and the Samsung Galaxy S2 will lose WhatsApp support as 2020 ends.
WhatsApp To Stop Working On These iOS And Android Devices From January 1
The instant messaging platform will keep the app running for select phones with KaiOS 2.5.1 OS or newer, including JioPhone and JioPhone 2.
To check which OS an iPhone is running, head over to the Settings menu, then to the General and Information option; software and the users will see the OS running that particular iPhone.
Android users can head to Settings, then About Phone to see which Android version their smartphone is running on.
People who are still using these smartphones can either pick up a new smartphone or they can update their mobile operating system. If users have such smartphones that are no longer compatible with WhatsApp, then they must back up all their chats before January 1, 2021, if they want to retain them.
Once they have one of these devices, install WhatsApp and register their phone number. WhatsApp can only be activated with only one phone number on one device at a time.
Furthermore, there is no option to transfer your chat history between platforms. However, we provide the opportunity to export your chat history as an email attachment. Please note, export chat is not supported in Germany,” WhatsApp says on its support page.