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WhatsApp Will No Longer Work on These Smartphones in November

WhatsApp Will No Longer Work on These Smartphones in November

WhatsApp, which is one of the most popular and most used social messaging apps, has been an integral part of our lives. This messaging app has made communication much easier for many across the globe. You can use this app to text and make audio and video calls. Nevertheless, every year, WhatsApp stops support for older devices and operating systems, both for Android and iOS.

WhatsApp Will No Longer Work on These Smartphones in November

WhatsApp Will No Longer Work on These Smartphones in November

Today, the texting platform, owned by Facebook, just shared a new list of devices that it will no longer support. WhatsApp recently released a list of devices it would no longer support from November 1, 2021. There are 43 devices on the list, both iOS and Android devices. The list consists mostly of older phones with very old versions of Android or iOS.

According to the announcement, older smartphones running on Android 4.0 and below will no longer be supported. iPhone devices running on iOS 9 and below will also be removed from the list of supported devices. This means if you are using an old smartphone that runs on those old operating systems, you would have to upgrade your operating system to the latest one or consider getting a new device.

List of Smartphones That Can No Longer Use WhatsApp from November 1

Apple iPhones

The first generation of iPhone SE is the first on the iPhone list. If you are using iPhone 6s and 6s Plus that are still running on iOS 10, you would have to upgrade it to continue using this text messaging application. If you update your iPhone SE, iPhone 6s, and iPhone 6s Plus to iOS 14, you will be able to continue using WhatsApp. With the new iOS 15 release, older versions of iPhones such as the 6s or newer would get the latest update.

Samsung

Some old Samsung devices also made the list of smartphones that WhatsApp will no longer support. Some of the Samsung phones that will no longer be able to use WhatsApp from November 1 include:

  • Samsung Galaxy Core
  • Samsung Galaxy Trend Lite
  • Samsung Galaxy Trend II
  • Samsung Galaxy S3
  • Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini
  • Samsung Galaxy Ace 2
  • Samsung Galaxy Xcover 2

LG

There are also many LG devices on the list. Here is a list of LG devices that can no longer use WhatsApp from November 1:

  • LG Optimus F7
  • LG Lucid 2
  • LG Optimus F5
  • LG Optimus L4 II
  • LG Optimus L4 II Dial
  • LG Optimus L3 II
  • LG Optimus L3 II Dual
  • LG Optimus L5 II
  • LG Optimus L5
  • LG Optimus L5 Dual
  • LG Optimus L7 II
  • LG Optimus L7 Dual
  • LG Optimus L7 II Dual
  • LG Optimus F3
  • LG Optimus F6
  • LG Optimus L2 II
  • LG Enact
  • LG Optimus Nitro HD
  • LG Optimus F2Q
  • LG Optimus F3Q
  • LG Optimus 4X HD

Huawei

Huawei is also not left out, as they have some old Android devices that WhatsApp will not support from November 1. Here is the list of Huawei phones that will no longer be supported:

  • Huawei Ascend G740
  • Huawei Ascend Mate
  • Huawei Ascend D2
  • Huawei Ascend D1 Quad XL
  • Huawei Ascend D Quad XL
  • Huawei Ascend P1 S

Sony

The number of Sony devices on the list is very few, as the list consists of only three devices. Here are the three Sony devices that WhatsApp wants to discontinue support for:

  • Sony Xperia Neo L
  • Sony Xperia Miro
  • Sony Xperia Arc S

ZTE

There are also a couple of ZTE smartphones that will no longer be able to use WhatsApp on the said date. The affected devices include:

  • ZTE Grand S Flex
  • ZTE Grand x Quad
  • ZTE V956
  • ZTE Grand Memo

Other Devices

Here is a list of other Android devices that will no longer be able to use WhatsApp from November 1:

  • Alcatel One Touch Evo 7
  • Lenovo A820
  • HTC Desire 500
  • Archos 53 Platinum
  • Wiko Cink Five
  • UMi X2
  • Wiko Darknight
  • Caterpillar Cat B15
  • THL W8

 

What Should I Do If My Phone Is On the List?

The devices listed are very old, and many people are no longer using those smartphones. However, if you are still using any of the listed devices, there are a couple of things you can do. The first thing you need to do is to consider updating the phone.

Just because WhatsApp listed your phone does not mean it would stop supporting it. Fortunately, many phones allow for upgrades, especially Samsung and iOS devices. If your device is listed, what you have to do is to update your operating system to the latest version or the latest version available for your device. If you are using an iPhone, after the update to iOS 10 or newer, you would be able to continue using WhatsApp.

If you do not want to go through this stress, considering it is an old device, you can ditch it and get a new one. If you are also not a fan of WhatsApp, then you have nothing to worry about this update, as you can ditch it and use other messaging platforms such as Signal and Telegram.

If support for your device is discontinued, you will not be able to use WhatsApp Web also, as you would need access to WhatsApp on your device before you can do that. Fortunately, if WhatsApp closes your account on November 1, you can still reactivate that same number when you get a new device or update your operating system to a supported version.

To prevent loss of data and chat, you can back up your chat. You can back them up to iCloud or Google Drive and restore them on your new device. To do this, open your WhatsApp, click on the menu, and then go to Settings. From the settings, click on “Chats,” hit the “Chat Backup” tab, and then click on the “Backup” tab.

WhatsApp has become an integral part of our life, as it makes messaging and communication a lot easier. However, WhatsApp’s latest update will not support older devices from November 1. If your device is on that list, you can either update the OS or get a new device.

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Written by The Original PC Doctor on 15/10/2021.

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