WhatsApp to Stop Working on 43 Android and iPhone Devices From Next Week
WhatsApp is set to remove support from some major android and iOS devices from next week
The latest update will stop the app from working on multiple devices included iPhone 6S and Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini
Users of these phones have been advised to change their devices or update to the latest software to maintain the use of the messaging app
Millions of people could be set to lose access to their favorite instant messaging app in the coming week.
WhatsApp has announced that it is set to pull support from some major smartphones from Monday, November 1st.
In a circular which was released earlier this year, the messaging platform disclosed that phones that run on Android 4.0.4 or iOS 9 software or earlier will not be able to use WhatsApp.
An estimated 43 android and iOS devices will be affected by the update, losing the ability to send photos and videos.
Some of the phones that will be affected can be seen below
LG Optimus F7, F5, L3 II Dual, F7 II, F5 II
Huawei Ascend Mate and Ascend D2
Apple iPhone SE, 6S, and 6S Plus
Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini, Trend II, Trend Lite, Core, Ace 2
If you’re using any of these devices and the software listed above, you will be alright if you can update to newer software.
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Unfortunately, if your phone doesn’t allow you to update to a more recent software, you may have to change it to continue using WhatsApp.
The company has disclosed that the reason for these changes is because a ton of new features are set to be introduced, which will not run on older software.
According to findings by Statista, WhatsApp has over 2 billion active users globally, making it the most used messenger app worldwide.
Statista also reports that there are over 90 million users of the messaging application in Nigeria, dwarfing the users of other popular messaging apps like Facebook Messenger and Telegram.