Last Updated: September 25, 2023, 14:24 IST
WhatsApp is used by billions but soon the number of users could come down as the messaging app will stop working on old Android versions. WhatsApp does that regularly so that the messaging app is available for the latest devices and every other Android version that can support all of its features.
Google also has a schedule for when the Android versions lose official support which makes them vulnerable to security risks, and WhatsApp adheres to those changes so that millions of its users are secure from possible threats.
Chances are that most of you are already using Android phones with versions that are not close to being outdated but even then WhatsApp shares the details of the Android versions that won’t be compatible with the app. The new list of phones that will stop supporting WhatsApp from October onwards, includes any device that is running on Android 4.1 or earlier.
Android Phones That Won’t Support WhatsApp
The list of phones running on Android 4.1 is quite dated with brands like Sony Ericsson, LG Optimus and the HTC phones in the mix. Here is the full list
– Samsung Galaxy S2
– Sony Xperia Z
– Motorola Xoom
– HTC Desire HD
– LG Optimus 2X
– HTC Sensation
– Nexus 7
– HTC One
– Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc3
WhatsApp has given a deadline of October 24 to support these phones. After that, you will need an Android phone with version 5.0 or higher to use the messaging app. Similarly, for iPhone users, they need to have installed iOS 12 or later versions.
You can check for the Android version running on your phone by going to Settings – About Phone – Software details. Android versions that are not supported by WhatsApp will not let you send or receive messages.