Posted: Tuesday, September 14, 2021. 9:42 pm CST.
By Benjamin Flowers: Starting in November, the popular messaging service WhatsApp will stop working on a number of Android and iOS devices due to an upcoming update in the app’s software requirements, Business Insider reports.
On November 1, WhatsApp will only be compatible with devices running on Android OS 4.1 and above, iOS 10 and above or phones running on KaiOS 2.5.1 or above, which include the JioPhone and JioPhone 2. Those wishing to know if their device will be affected can check their phone by going to ‘Settings’ and going to the ‘About Phone’ section. While some phones can easily update their software to continue using the app, some models, depending on their age will not have that option.
Apple iPhone users are expecting the of the iOS 15, iPhones starting with iPhone 6s or newer will receive the latest version of iOS. iPhone 5 and newer can also be upgraded to iOS 10 and are compatible with WhatsApp’s current requirements. Meanwhile, iPhone 4s and older will not be able to use WhatsApp after November 1.
Android devices from Samsung, LG, Huawei, Sony, and some others will be incompatible with WhatsApp following the change. Those devices incldue:
You won’t be able to use WhatsApp on these LG devices — LG Lucid 2, Optimus F7, Optimus F5, Optimus L3 II Dual, Optimus F5, Optimus L5, Optimus L5 II, Optimus L5 Dual, Optimus L3 II, Optimus L7, Optimus L7 II Dual, Optimus L7 II, Optimus F6, Enact, Optimus L4 II Dual, Optimus F3, Optimus L4 II, Optimus L2 II, Optimus Nitro HD and 4X HD, and Optimus F3Q.
If you own any of these ZTE devices, you won’t be able to use the WhatsApp messenger. These include, the ZTE Grand S Flex, ZTE V956, Grand X Quad V987 and Grand Memo.
You need to upgrade your device if you own any of these Huawei smartphones, Huawei Ascend G740, Ascend Mate, Ascend D Quad XL, Ascend D1 Quad XL, Ascend P1 S, and Ascend D2.
You won’t be able to use WhatsApp on these Sony Xperia smartphones — Sony Xperia Miro, Sony Xperia Neo L, Xperia Arc S.
Other Android devices that will not be compatible with WhatsApp include HTC Desire 500 and Lenovo A820.
Those with devices affected by the update are encouraged to back up their chats.
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