WhatsApp will stop working on smartphones running on iOS 9 and Android 4.0.3 or older versions next year 2021…
WhatsApp, one of the most used Instant messaging apps will no longer support millions of mobile phones starting from 2021. If you’re using any smartphone with older or outdated versions such as iOS 9 and Android 4, kindly know that your device will be affected by this new WhatsApp update on January 1, 2021.
We currently have iOS 14 and Android 11 versions, and according to the information shared online, if you’re still using iOS 10 and Android 5 upward, you’re safe for now.
In 2017, WhatsApp did the same thing. WhatsApp stopped working on the majority of Nokia Symbian devices, BlackBerry, Windows Phone 8.0 (such as Lumia). Also on February 1, 2020 WhatsApp has stopped supporting Android versions from versions 2.3.7 and older, and iPhone iOS 7 version and older.
Now in early 2021, the same thing is going to happen again.
iOS 9 was released 5 years ago, precisely on September 16, 2015 while Android 4.0.3 was released on December 15, 2011 (that’s about 9 years ago).
So, if you are still using an iPhone you bought 5 years ago, or an android phone you purchased about a decade ago, it’s time to buy a new one.
WhatsApp will Stop Working on these Android Phones in 2021
- Samsung Galaxy S2
- HTC Sensation
- Samsung Google Nexus S
- Sony Erricsson Xperia Arc
- LG Optimus 2X
- Samsung Galaxy S 19000
- Desire S
- Motorola Droid Black
- and any smartphones on OR older than Android 4.0.3
WhatsApp will stop working on these iOS smartphones in 2021;
- The iPhone 1-4
- The iPhone 4S
- iPhone 5
- iPhone 5S
- iPhone 6
- iPhone 6S.
- any iPhone older than iOS 9
If your smartphone is under any of the Android or iOS category above, you’ll be thinking if there is any possible remedy or solution, right?
Yes, there should be.
Solution to Keeping Using WhatsApp Even If Your Smartphone is Running on Older Versions?
If your Android smartphone has been released before 2010, there’s no solution than to buy a new smartphone.
If you’re using an iPhone older than 2015, you have the options to upgrade your OS or buy a new iPhone newer than iOS 9.
To update your iOS, simply navigate to Settings >> General >> Software Update.
Those are the two solutions to keep using WhatsApp in 2021.
Note only that;
WhatsApp will be releasing a new Terms of Service next year, if you’re not going to agree with the Terms, then WhatsApp will stop working on your smartphone even if you’re using the latest Android 11 or iOS 14.
This is not sudden, WhatsApp have done it before and they’re still going to do it in the future. We should be expecting a new update by mid-2021 too.
By the way;
WhatsApp is one of the 3 most used Instant Messaging and Voice over IP (VoIP) platforms released on May 3, 2009. And it currently has active users which are over 2 billion across the world.
It was topping downloads on App stores until Zoom Video Conferencing App gained popularity during this pandemic.
WhatsApp is owned by Facebook Inc., alongside Facebook itself and Instagram.