A Tech blog report reaffirmed that WhatsApp, the popular instant messaging app, will stop working for some iPhones as well as Android smartphones beginning on January 1, 2021.
Information in the WhatsApp FAQ section shows that WhatsApp is only compatible with phones running Android 4.0.3 or later, as well as iPhones running iOS 9 and later. WhatsApp is only compatible with phones running Android 4.0.3 or later.
The report highlighted that in the next few days, all iPhone models up to the iPhone 4 will lose support for the messaging platform. The iPhone models will be affected, including the iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPhone 5S, iPhone 6, and iPhone 6S.
It further stated that when 2020 ends, devices such as HTC Desire, Motorola Droid Razr, LG Optimus Black, and the Samsung Galaxy S2 will lose WhatsApp support for Android.
For selected phones with KaiOS 2.5.1 OS or newer, including JioPhone and JioPhone 2, the report noted that WhatsApp would keep the app running.
The following phones will lose WhatsApp support from January 1, 2021, on the basis of the report:
- Apple iPhone 1-4
- Samsung Galaxy S2
- HTC Desire
- LG Optimus Black
- Motorola Droid Razr
- Any Android released before 2010
However, the following phones would need to update to at least iOS 9 or Android OS 4.0.3:
- Apple iPhone 4S
- iPhone 5
- iPhone 5S
- iPhone 6
- iPhone 6S
- Samsung Galaxy S3 and newer
- Samsung Galaxy Note
- HTC Sensation
- HTC Thunderbolt
- LG Lucid
- Motorola Droid 4