The latest reports conveyed an unpleasant news to millions of users of the WhatsApp application, as it revealed that it will soon stop supporting many smartphones, which means that the application will completely stop working on these devices.
The popular messaging app is expected to start removing support for old iPhone and Android phones forever, beginning in November, when affected users will either need to update their software or buy a new phone.
And if the device is too old to update, the user will need to get a new phone anyway.
More than 40 different smartphone models are expected to be affected. And set the deadline for the update to be November 1, after which WhatsApp will stop working permanently.
Android users will need to be running Android 4.1 or later. This means that a host of popular phones will lose access to WhatsApp, including the Samsung Galaxy S3 and Huawei Ascend Mate.
While iPhone users must have iOS 10 or later, iPhone 4 or earlier users will lose access to the app.
And if you’ve never updated your iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, and iPhone SE, you will lose access until you update the device, because it was released with iOS 9.
All three devices can be updated to iOS 15, the latest version of Apple’s operating system, and continue to access WhatsApp.
Tech companies regularly stop supporting older devices, as Google did just that with old Android phones and turned off Gmail, YouTube and Google Maps.
Sometimes this is due to the ineffectiveness of keeping apps running on very old versions of iOS or Android.
This is especially the case if only a small percentage of users are running these old versions of software.
Using outdated software can also pose a major security risk, so you should update if you can’t get a new phone.