2021 will change a few things for certain phone users. Facebook-owned messaging app WhatsApp has announced they will be ending support on some old iPhone models and Android and smartphones.

According to reports, the messaging app will only work on smartphones that are running on at least iOS 9 or Android 4.0.3 operating systems. Anything lower, and WhatsApp won’t be sending updates.

The recommended thing to do is update your phones immediately if you wish to enjoy regular upgrades and new features.

But sometimes, upgrades won’t help you. Some specific smartphones will lose support for the popular messaging app regardless.


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For Android, WhatsApp will stop working on smartphones that are running on an Android version earlier than 4.0.3. Again, not a lot of devices currently run on an Android version earlier than 4.0.3. However, some of the models are the HTC Desire, LG Optimus Black, Motorola Droid Razr, and the Samsung Galaxy S2. Apart from this, there may be other Android smartphones that could be running on an older Android version that may lose support as the next year commences.

For iPhones, all the iPhone models up to the iPhone 4 will lose support. This means that those who are using the 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.

In order to find out what operating system your phone is running on, iPhone users can go to Settings > General > Information, where you will find information about the software version on your iPhone. Android users, on the other hand, can go to Settings > About Phone to see which Android version their smartphone is running on.


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