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WhatsApp rolls out update of phones that will lose support from January 1 2021




A report by The Nation reaffirmed that the popular instant messaging app, WhatsApp would stop working for some iPhones as well as Android smartphones starting January 1, 2021.

The information on the WhatsApp FAQ section shows that WhatsApp would only be compatible with phones running the Android 4.0.3 operating system or newer as well as iPhones running on iOS 9 and newer.

WhatsApp says it would stop working for some iPhones as well as Android smartphones starting January 1, 2021. Source: Igor Golovniov/SOPA
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The report emphasised that all iPhone models up to the iPhone 4 will lose support for the messaging platform in the next few days. iPhone models including the iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPhone 5S, iPhone 6, and iPhone 6S will be affected.

It further stated that for Android, devices including HTC Desire, Motorola Droid Razr, LG Optimus Black, and the Samsung Galaxy S2 will lose WhatsApp support as 2020 ends.

The report noted that WhatsApp would keep the app running for select phones with KaiOS 2.5.1 OS or newer, including JioPhone and JioPhone 2.

Based on the report, the following phones would lose WhatsApp support from January 1, 2021:

1. Apple iPhone 1-4

2. Samsung Galaxy S2

3. HTC Desire

4. LG Optimus Black

5. Motorola Droid Razr

6. Any Android released before 2010

However, the following phones would need to update to at least iOS 9 or Android OS 4.0.3:

1. Apple iPhone 4S

2. iPhone 5

3. iPhone 5S

4. iPhone 6

5. iPhone 6S

6. Samsung Galaxy S3 and newer

7. Samsung Galaxy Note

8. HTC Sensation

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10. LG Lucid

11. Motorola Droid 4

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