WhatsApp keeps adjusting its system requirements. TECHNOLOGY BUTTON reveals on which smartphones the messenger no longer works.
WhatsApp keeps removing older and no longer updated operating systems from its support list. Users of these platforms should switch to newer systems with immediate effect, so think about buying a new smartphone. Otherwise you will soon no longer be able to use the messenger with your mobile phone. Because WhatsApp is not only canceling the supply of important security updates – new functions are also no longer delivered and over time could make the old versions of WhatsApp unusable.
Systems that WhatsApp currently no longer supports
- Android version 4.0.2 (Gingerbread) and older since 2021
- iPhone iOS 9.X and earlier since March 15, 2021
- Nokia Symbian S60 since June 30, 2017
- BlackBerry OS and BlackBerry 10 since December 31, 2017
- Nokia S40 since December 31, 2018
- All Windows Phone operating systems (including Windows 10 Mobile) as of December 31, 2019
Owners of the affected smartphones are no longer able to create new WhatsApp accounts or to re-verify an existing account. WhatsApp announced that further functions can be switched off at any time, as they are no longer actively developing these systems.
WhatsApp no longer runs on these smartphones
Old smartphones can usually no longer be updated at some point. If messengers like WhatsApp change their system requirements, devices will always be completely eliminated. The latest change from March 15, 2021 bans Messenger from iPhones and other former bestsellers.
- iPhone 4, 4s and older
- Samsung Galaxy S2
- LG Optimus Black
- HTC Desire
Also interesting: Samsung promises longer updates for its smartphones
Users can do that now
First of all, affected users should check on their smartphone whether a system update is available that updates to a newer operating system version. Under certain circumstances, those who resisted new updates also have to bite the bullet. This affects iPhone 4s owners, for example, who have largely not updated to iOS 9, but now have to do so in order to continue using WhatsApp.
Owners of a Windows 10 Mobile smartphone are unfortunately left empty-handed, as the operating system is no longer supported by Microsoft either. Windows Phone has not received any function updates since the end of 2017 and has not been provided with security patches since December 10, 2019.
All those who can no longer use WhatsApp with their old smartphone have many cheap alternatives to choose from. You can find recommended and, above all, WhatsApp-enabled smartphones in various price ranges in our large comparison tests:
WhatsApp recommends these system requirements
- Android with OS version 4.0.3 and newer
- iPhone with iOS 10 and newer
- Select phones with KaiOS 2.5.1 and later, including JioPhone and JioPhone 2
If users have a smartphone with one of the operating system versions listed, they can install WhatsApp and verify their phone number for use.
WhatsApp support for other systems has long been canceled
WhatsApp first announced in a blog post in 2016 that it wanted to “focus on the mobile platforms that are used by the vast majority” in the future. The further development of the messenger on expiring platforms such as Windows Mobile and BlackBerry 10 is simply not worthwhile, as the number of users is falling anyway. The shutdown of the services also forces those who simply do not want to let go of to switch to a new operating system that still receives security updates. WhatsApp keeps updating the list of devices that are no longer supported.