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Here is finally the list of Android and iOS devices that will no longer have WhatsApp from May 31, 2022

Here is finally the list of Android and iOS devices that will no longer have WhatsApp from May 31, 2022
Written by madishthestylebar

This decision affects many users. Indeed, the latter will no longer be able to take advantage of the famous multi-platform mobile application which provides an end-to-end encrypted instant messaging system via both mobile telephone networks and the Internet.

A drastic measure

The green-logoed messaging app owned by Meta Group (Facebook) is currently used by more than two billion daily. This makes it one of the most popular instant messaging apps in the world. The firm also continues to expand its service by adding new features to its application. It also makes it more playful in conversations.

A next update brought by the Californian firm, however, may cause cringe. Indeed, from May 31, 2022, a certain number of mobile terminals will no longer be compatible with WhatsApp services. This blacklist concerns both devices running on Android or iOS (iPhone).

Source: MAG – Rommel Yupanqui

Here is a non-exhaustive list of smartphone models that will no longer be compatible with WhatsApp from May 31:

  • Apple iPhone 5S
  • Apple iPhone 5C
  • Apple iPhone SE first generation (update required)
  • Archos 53 Platinum
  • Caterpillar Cat B15
  • Faea F1
  • HTC Desire 500
  • Huawei Ascend D2
  • Huawei Ascend G740
  • Huawei Ascend Mate
  • Lenovo A820
  • LG Enact
  • LG Lucid 2
  • 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 L5II
  • LG Optimus L5 II Dual
  • LG Optimus L7 II
  • LG Optimus L7 II Dual
  • Samsung Galaxy Ace 2
  • Samsung Galaxy Core
  • Samsung Galaxy S3 mini
  • Samsung Galaxy Trend II
  • Samsung Galaxy Trend Lite
  • Samsung Galaxy Xcover 2
  • Sony Xperia M
  • THL W8
  • Wiko Cink Five
  • Wiko Dark Night
  • ZTE Grand Memo
  • ZTE Grand S Flex
  • ZTE Grand X Quad v987
  • ZTE V956 – UMi X2

How do you know if your phone is affected by this incompatibility?

If your precious runs on the operating system of Alphabet (Google), go to the settings of your smartphone. Check system information, enter update and system menu. If the Android version of your device is 4.1 or lower, it’s time to buy a new phone to continue enjoying WhatsApp.

If you have an iPhone, check your operating system version. If you are still on the tenth iteration of iOS (iOS10) or lower. Your precious is no longer compatible with the messaging app.

System updates can be a solution

If it turns out that your phone has a version that is not compatible with the application, you will receive a notification when opening it.

“WhatsApp will stop supporting this version of iOS after October 24, 2022,” reads iOS devices that will no longer be compatible.

So, if your device is running on versions later than Android 4.1 or iOS 11, see if you can update your phone or tablet so it can run on a newer version. If your device can run on iOS 12 or Android 5.0 or above, upgrade it to enjoy your WhatsApp app. Note in passing that the messaging service is available on browser in case you cannot update your device.

The reasons for this change

WhatsApp did not give an explanation for this decision. However, support for these older versions of iOS and Android can be explained by obvious compatibility and security reasons. These old platforms are surely not powerful enough and less secure for the application.

Indeed, speaking of which, it turns out that the platform has just integrated new more or less interesting features. This concerns the multi-device mode, its stories system or even an option that allows you to leave a conversation on the sly.

On the security side, this change is a little more surprising, when we know that Telegram, a similar platform and competitor to that of Meta, still works on iOS 9.

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