If your phone is a few years old, you might just be enjoying your last days on WhatsApp instant messaging. As of December 31, the app will no longer support older operating systems.
“In order to keep up with the latest technological advances, we regularly stop supporting older operating systems to devote our resources to supporting the latest systems,” the application thus reasons on its help page. There are 49 units.
Which devices are affected?
WhatsApp specifies that to select the operating systems that are no longer supported, the application takes into account those that “have the fewest users under their belt”.
For iPhones, it will now be necessary to have a minimum of IOS 12.1 to be able to use the application. But WhatsApp advises users “to use the latest version available”. The phone must also be “capable of receiving text messages or calls during the verification process”. According to Phonandroid, iPhones 5 and 5C should no longer be able to use Whatsapp at the beginning of 2023.
Phones using the Android system will require a version later than Android 4.1, launched in 2012. Again, it is necessary to be able to receive SMS or calls during the verification process to benefit from the application. According to Phonandroid, the Samsung Galaxy S2, Samsung Galaxy S3 mini or Sony Xperia Neo L is concerned.
How do you know?
WhatsApp states that “if we stop supporting your operating system, you will be notified and you will be repeatedly reminded to upgrade your device to continue using WhatsApp”.