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Tuesday, July 16, 2024

WhatsApp to discontinue support for older mobile devices

This announcement has drawn significant attention from users, especially those who have been using older devices for years.

WhatsApp, the world’s leading messaging app, has announced that it will no longer support 35 mobile devices running older versions of Google and Apple operating systems. This decision aims to maintain compatibility with a broad range of smartphones, ensuring users have access to the latest features and security enhancements.

Affected Devices

The list of devices losing WhatsApp support includes models from well-known manufacturers such as Samsung, Motorola, Huawei, Sony, LG, and Apple. While some of these devices are quite old, others still have decent hardware but are unable to upgrade to newer operating systems. This has come as a surprise to some users who continue to rely on these older devices for accessing WhatsApp.

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Samsung

  • Galaxy Ace Plus
  • Galaxy Core
  • Galaxy Express 2
  • Galaxy Grand
  • Galaxy Note 3 N9005 LTE
  • Galaxy Note 3 Neo LTE+
  • Galaxy S 19500
  • Galaxy S3 Mini VE
  • Galaxy S4 Active
  • Galaxy S4 Mini I9190
  • Galaxy S4 Mini I9192 Duos
  • Galaxy S4 Mini I9195 LTE
  • Galaxy S4 Zoom

Apple

  • iPhone 5
  • iPhone 5C
  • iPhone 6
  • iPhone 6S Plus
  • iPhone 6S
  • iPhone SE

Motorola

  • Moto G
  • Moto X

Huawei

  • Ascend P6 S
  • Ascend G525
  • Huawei C199
  • Huawei GX1s
  • Huawei Y625

Lenovo

  • Lenovo 46600
  • Lenovo A858T
  • Lenovo P70
  • Lenovo S890

Sony

  • Xperia Z1
  • Xperia E3

LG

  • Optimus 4X HD P880
  • Optimus G
  • Optimus G Pro
  • Optimus L7

Other Devices

  • Sony Xperia M
  • Lenovo A820
  • Faea F1
  • THL W8
  • Archos 53 Platinum
  • Wiko Cink Five
  • Wiko Darknight
  • ZTE V956
  • ZTE UMi X2
  • ZTE Grand S Flex
  • ZTE Grand Memo

Recommendations for Users

To continue using WhatsApp safely and without interruptions, the company recommends that users have a device running at least Android 5.0 or an iPhone with iOS 12 or later. Devices running older operating systems will no longer receive updates, leaving them vulnerable to security risks.

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This announcement has drawn significant attention from users, especially those who have been using older devices for years. The decision to discontinue support is part of WhatsApp’s ongoing effort to improve user experience and maintain the security and functionality of the app.