Some not so good news is here for certain WhatsApp users. Several smartphone users will not be able to use WhatsApp from 1 January 2021 as the instant messaging app will withdraw support from certain platforms. If you are not aware of this development, here is the full news.
From the beginning of the next year i.e. 1 January, 2021, many WhatsApp users will not be able to use this messaging service on their mobile phones.
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WhatsApp has provided details about the versions of the operating systems that it will not support after January 1, 2021. Support and service will be provided to the following versions of Android and iOS operating systems.
Android Devices – WhatsApp can be used for Android 4.0.3 and newer versions launched after this one.
iPhone Devices – The instant messaging service can be accessed on all iOS devices with iOS 9 version and all versions after it.
Select phones running KaiOS 2.5.1 newer, including JioPhone and JioPhone 2
“Once you have one of these devices, install WhatsApp and register your phone number. WhatsApp can only be activated with one phone number on one device at a time. Furthermore, there’s no option to transfer your chat history between platforms. However, we provide the option to export your chat history as an email attachment. Please note, export chat isn’t supported in Germany,” WhatsApp says in its support page.
Based on this information mentioned on its page, it can be assumed that iPhones not running on iOS 9 or above will not be able to run the WhatsApp service from 1 January 2021. This includes all earlier iPhone models up to iPhone 4. However, those using iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPhone 5S, iPhone 5C, iPhone 6, and iPhone 6S, will have to update their phones with either iOS 9 or later for being able to use WhatsApp.
See the list of phones which will not support WhatsApp
- HTC Sensation
- Google Nexus S
- Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc
- LG Optimus 2X
- Samsung Galaxy S I9000
- HTC Desire
- Motorola Droid Razr
- Samsung Galaxy S2
Know how to find out OS running on your Android, iOS phone
This can be found out easily. Here is how you can do it:
- iPhone users go to Settings > General > Information to find out software version on your
- iPhone. Android users go to Settings > About Phone to find out OS version running on your smartphone