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A new WhatsApp update will prevent the popular messaging app from working on millions of phones from January 1, 2021.

Older Android and iPhone devices will no longer support the latest version of the app, forcing owners to either update their mobile operating system or buy a new smartphone

Any iPhone not running iOS 9 or newer, or any phone not running at least Android 4.0.3 – also known as Ice Cream Sandwich – will no longer be able to open or operate the Facebook-owned app.

This means all iPhone models up to the iPhone 4 will be unable to support WhatsApp, as these phones are not capable of updating to iOS 9.


The iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPhone 5S, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6S were all released before iOS 9, however owners can still update to the operating system if they are yet to do so.

Android phones that will lose WhatsApp support include the Samsung Galaxy S2, HTC Desire and LG Optimus Black.

Phone owners can see what software their device is using by checking the settings section. For iPhone users, this can be found under Settings > General >  Software update. (independent.co.uk)

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  • eresh S kumara Wednesday, 30 December 2020 10:17 AM

    People must think twice to go for a newer smartphone or either go for a new app indeed.

    Jude Wednesday, 30 December 2020 10:59 AM

    The American Federal Trade commission (FTC) Accuse Facebook of abusing of its Dominance in the digital market place and engaging in Anti-Competitive behavior!! "Facebook's ACTIONS to entrench and maintain its monopoly deny the consumers the benefit of competition" !! That's why MOST countries in Europe and America filed antitrust law suits agianst Facebook!!

    Jude Wednesday, 30 December 2020 11:07 AM

    Remember, MOST people shouldn't be on Facebook !! I believe professionals like doctors, engineers and Scientists YEAH then showbiz people like singers actors an d magicians yes even prostitutes and politicians ok to be in Facebook !! But MOST people in Facebook they exaggerate and BS in Facebook !! Mostly people with LOW esteem use Facebook!! Yeah!!


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