WhatsApp keeps adjusting its system requirements. TECHNOLOGY BUTTON reveals on which smartphones the messenger no longer works.
WhatsApp keeps removing older and not 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 supplied and over time could make the old versions of WhatsApp unusable.
WhatsApp is canceling support – and that’s a good thing
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, since 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.
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WhatsApp will no longer run on these systems in the future
In 2021, devices on WhatsApp have been falling through the cracks again for a long time. After Android versions older than 2.3.7 Gingerbread were already adopted in February 2020, all versions below 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich are due now. Smartphone veterans like the Samsung Galaxy S2, the LG Optimus Black and the HTC Desire are affected
WhatsApp currently no longer supports these systems
- 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
- Android version 2.3.7 (Gingerbread) and older since February 1, 2020
- iPhone iOS 8 and older since February 1, 2020
Owners of the affected smartphones are no longer able to create new WhatsApp accounts or to re-verify an existing account. WhatsApp announced that other functions can be switched off at any time, as they are no longer actively developing these systems.
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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 have resisted new updates 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 with nothing, 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 received security patches since December 10, 2019.
WhatsApp recommends these system requirements
- Android with OS version 4.0.3 and newer
- iPhone with iOS 9 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.