18th September 2021 – (Hong Kong) Instant messaging service WhatsApp will stop working on 43 smartphone models within the next two months.
The message app has shared a list of Android and iOS devices which will no longer work from 1st November, 2021.
Any phone on this list will no longer be able to receive support from the application and will be incompatible with WhatsApp
Company bosses say this in order to focus efforts on the latest generation smartphones, to guarantee an optimal service of the app.
WhatsApp instead recommends using Android running OS 4.1 and newer, or iPhones running iOS 10 and newer.
Select phones running KaiOS 2.5.1 newer, including JioPhone and JioPhone 2, are also recommended.
The following phone models will lose access to the app in just over eight weeks time:
Samsung: Galaxy Trend Lite, Galaxy Trend II, Galaxy SII, Galaxy S3 mini, Galaxy Xcover 2, Galaxy Core and Galaxy Ace 2.WSJ | Amazon Web ServicesModernizing the Government Customer Service ExperienceForge of Empires – Free Online GameIf You Spend Time on Your Computer, this Vintage Game is a Must-Have. No Install.by TaboolaSponsored Links
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.
ZTE: Grand S Flex, ZTE V956, Grand X Quad V987 and Grand Memo.
Huawei: Ascend G740, Ascend Mate, Ascend D Quad XL, Ascend D1 Quad XL, Ascend P1 S, and Ascend D2.
Sony: Xperia Miro, Sony Xperia Neo L, Xperia Arc S.
Alcatel: One Touch Evo 7
Others: Archos 53 Platinum, HTC Desire 500, Caterpillar Cat B15, Wiko Cink Five, Wiko Darknight, Lenovo A820, UMi X2, Faea F1 and THL W8.
Apple iPhone SE, 6S, and 6S Plus
Although WhatsApp will no longer support the listed teams, that does not mean that the app will stop working immediately.
Closed accounts can be re-enabled with the same phone number, as soon as the user downloads WhatsApp and enters from a more current device that does meet the new requirements.