By next week Monday, on 1st November 2021, WhatsApp will remove support on some old smartphones of iOS and Android models.
Experts indeed advise that we should not change our phones too often, but it looks like electronic companies want us to follow up trends – old models will stop working when WhatsApp makes their upgrade.
It is likely that after the upgrade, about 43 iOS and android phone models will lose their access to WhatsApp’s chats, calls, and photos.
The App might still be working on these devices, but they will stop receiving upgrades on new features and information on security updates.
The Smartphones involved are the Apple iPhone iOS 9 and its previous models, Android 4.0.4, and its lower versions.
It means that only Smartphones with iOS 10 and Android 4.1 above will receive Whatsapp support.
Among the upgrades that Whatsapp will introduce are the transfer of chat from Android to iPhone, new features of voice notes, and a control bar.
Lists of the Smartphone models that will lose their WhatsApp access by 1st November 2021 include;
- Samsung Galaxy Ace 2, Core, S3 Mini, Trend Lite, SII, and Trend II
- Sony Xperia
- Apple iPhone 6S, 6S Plus, and SE
- Huawei Ascend D2 and Ascend Mate
- LG Optimus F5, F5 II F7, F7 II, L3 II Dual, L5, and L5 Dual.
Some companies are already making moves to suit their users in regards to this development. For instance, by autumn, users of the Apple iPhone 6S Plus can upgrade to iOS 15.
So, if your smartphone falls into any of the phones mentioned here, you need to replace them immediately or upgrade the Operating System to retrieve the photos and chats you have on WhatsApp.
On a general note, experts advise mobile phone users to constantly upgrade to newer versions of their software whenever it is available.