- WhatsApp will reportedly not end support for older iPhones
- There’s no word about this for older Android smartphones as of now
- The information comes from noted WhatsApp tracker, WABetaInfo
Every year, WhatsApp drops support for several smartphones that are on older software. This year there were reports that WhatsApp is dropping support for phones that are running iOS 9 and Android phones running 4.0.3 in 2021. The leading WhatsApp tracking blog, WABetaInfo has now stated that the popular instant messaging app is not dropping support for older iPhones
Several reports over the last few days have reported that older devices will become incompatible with WhatsApp starting January 1st, 2021. Since WhatsApp is the most popular instant messaging platform in the world with two billion active users per month, the report created a huge uproar amongst iPhone users. However, as it turns out, the reports were not true.
WhatsApp will not stop working on older iPhones
WhatsApp is not dropping the support for older iPhones. It's a fake news. 🤷🏻♂️
— WABetaInfo (@WABetaInfo) December 22, 2020
To recall, WhatsApp usually drops support for older smartphones that boot dated operating systems. This is because these dated operating systems don’t comply with the latest security and updates. In 2019, WhatsApp dropped support for phones running iOS 8 or older and Android 2.3.7 version or older.
WABetaInfo has not shared the source of the information and has not said anything about older Android smartphone users as of now. However, this comes as a relief for old iPhone users who are still on iOS 9. Those who are using iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPhone 5S, iPhone 5C, iPhone 6, and iPhone 6S can continue using WhatsApp for a while if they have the app and are on iOS 9.
As for Android users, WhatsApp will only function on Android 4.0.3 or above. Additionally, the app will continue to work on select feature phones with KaiOS 2.5.1 OS or older, like JioPhone and JioPhone 2.
Usually when WhatsApp drops support for older software, those who are on the dated software are unable to create a new WhatsApp account or verify their existing account. Earlier this year from February 1st, phones on Android 2.3.7 or lower and iPhones supporting iOS 8 or older were unable to access WhatsApp.