Meta’s messaging service application, WhatsApp, will be ringing in the New Year by ending support for some older smartphones from Sunday, 1 January, including Apple’s iPhones, Samsung, and Huawei phones.
Some 49 devices older smartphone models — those in question now were released about a decade ago — will no longer be supported by the service, meaning Whatsapp updates will no longer be possible on devices still running an operating system older than Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) and all iPhones not yet running iOS 12.
This change means the company won’t support these devices with updates, meaning bugs and other issues may crop up over time without any fix available.
Users will receive an alert from Whatsapp if the functioning of the app will be affected.
When reviewing what devices to stop supporting, the company looked at which devices and software are the oldest and have the fewest number of people still using them, it stated.
The current version of Android on smartphones can be checked by launching the Settings app and going to the ‘System’ or ‘About’ menu. Users of Apple phones can check this by launching Settings, selecting ‘General’ and then tapping on ‘About’. It is possible newer software updates are available, allowing you to continue using WhatsApp as normal.
Already in November last year, WhatsApp stopped working for people who owned Android phones running on Android 4.0.3 or older or Apple iPhones that ran on iOS 9 or older, which amounted to a total of 43 smartphone models.
Here’s the full list of phones that will no longer be supported from 1 January 2023 onwards.
Apple iPhone 5 and iPhone 5c;
Archos 53 Platinum;
Grand S Flex ZTE and Grand X Quad V987 ZTE;
HTC Desire 500;
Huawei Ascend D, Huawei Ascend D1, Huawei Ascend D2, Huawei Ascend G740, Huawei Ascend Mate and Huawei Ascend P1;
LG Enact, LG Lucid 2, LG Optimus 4X HD, LG Optimus F3, LG Optimus F3Q, LG Optimus F5, LG Optimus F6, LG Optimus F7, LG Optimus L2 II, LG Optimus L3 II, LG Optimus L3 II Dual, LG Optimus L4 II, LG Optimus L4 II Dual, LG Optimus L5, LG Optimus L5 Dual, LG Optimus L5 II, LG Optimus L7
LG Optimus L7 II, LG Optimus L7 II Dual and LG Optimus Nitro HD;
Memo ZTE V956;
Samsung Galaxy Ace 2, Samsung Galaxy Core, Samsung Galaxy S2, Samsung Galaxy S3 mini, Samsung Galaxy Trend II, Samsung Galaxy Trend Lite, and Samsung Galaxy Xcover 2;
Sony Xperia Arc S, Sony Xperia miro and Sony Xperia Neo L;
Wiko Cink Five and Wiko Darknight ZT.