WhatsApp will stop working on these phones next week

WhatsApp will soon stop working on older phone models made by companies including Apple, Samsung, and Huawei. 

On December 31, the most widely used messaging service in the world will stop supporting 49 distinct smartphone models. 

“Devices and software change regularly, so we continually examine what operating systems we support and make changes,” claims WhatsApp.

These smartphones “may not have the most recent security improvements, or might not have the functionalities needed to run WhatsApp,” according to the statement.

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Like other technology companies, we evaluate which hardware and software are the oldest and are now used by the fewest number of users each year to choose which to stop supporting.

WhatsApp will still function on these older devices even if the company won’t be providing upgrades for them. Defects and other issues may as a result develop over time without a solution.

You won’t also be able to use any recently unveiled WhatsApp features.

If you can, you might be able to update the operating system on your older device and continue using WhatsApp properly.

If your phone cannot be updated to a more recent operating system version, you will need to buy a newer model.

Here’s the full list of phones that won’t be able to run WhatsApp properly after next week:

  • iPhone 5
  • Phone 5c
  • Archos 53 Platinum
  • Grand S Flex ZTE
  • Grand X Quad V987 ZTE
  • HTC Desire 500
  • Huawei Ascend D
  • Huawei Ascend D1
  • Huawei Ascend D2
  • Huawei Ascend G740
  • Huawei Ascend Mate
  • Huawei Ascend P1
  • Quad XL
  • Lenovo A820
  • LG Enact
  • LG Lucid 2
  • LG Optimus 4X HD
  • LG Optimus F3
  • LG Optimus F3Q
  • LG Optimus F5
  • LG Optimus F6
  • LG Optimus F7
  • LG Optimus L2 II
  • LG Optimus L3 II
  • LG Optimus L3 II Dual
  • LG Optimus L4 II
  • LG Optimus L4 II Dual
  • LG Optimus L5
  • LG Optimus L5 Dual
  • LG Optimus L5 II
  • LG Optimus L7
  • LG Optimus L7 II
  • LG Optimus L7 II Dual
  • LG Optimus Nitro HD
  • Memo ZTE V956
  • Samsung Galaxy Ace 2
  • Samsung Galaxy Core
  • Samsung Galaxy S2
  • Samsung Galaxy S3 mini
  • Samsung Galaxy Trend II
  • Samsung Galaxy Trend Lite
  • Samsung Galaxy Xcover 2
  • Sony Xperia Arc S
  • Sony Xperia miro
  • Sony Xperia Neo L
  • Wiko Cink Five
  • Wiko Darknight ZT

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