There’s be a lot of fake news rolling around in regards to the upcoming WhatsApp changes and support for older smartphones. So much so that even large publications are sharing fake lists of devices that Facebook will supposedly no longer support in November.
These lists include devices like the iPhone 6S, Galaxy S4 and more. While WhatsApp will no longer support a range of devices in November, the list of phones losing support isn’t as dramatic as it seems. In fact, the iPhone 5, 5S, iPhone 6 and 6S are still compatible with WhatsApp and will continue to be supported in November.
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WhatsApp is planning on dropping support for a handful of devices on 1 November this year but the devices only include very old smartphones that were released around 2011. Facebook announced that smartphones running Android 4.0.4 or earlier versions of Android won’t be supported. In addition, any iPhone that is running iOS 10 and earlier will also lose support.
Keep in mind that “losing support” doesn’t mean that WhatsApp will just stop working on 1 November. It means that when Facebook releases a version of WhatsApp that requires the user to update their app, they won’t be able to install the newer version from the App Store or Google Play Store. Users on unsupported devices could still get away with their current WhatsApp version until the app forces an update.
How to Check if Your Device Will Support WhatsApp in November
In order to accurately check whether or not your device is supported, you should keep an eye on your smartphone’s operating version.
- On iPhone, head to Settings – General – About. Here you can see what version of iOS you’re running. If this version says anything around iOS 10.3.4 or below, then unfortunately your device will soon lose support for WhatsApp.
iPhone Devices Losing Support for WhatsApp Starting in November
- iPhone 4
- iPhone 4S
- iPhone 3GS
- iPhone 3G
- On Android, head to Settings – About Phone / About Device – Android Version. If this version says anything around Android 4.0.4 or below, then unfortunately your device will soon lose support for WhatsApp.
Keep in mind that there is a large range of Android devices on the market. Follow the guide above to see whether or not your device will support WhatsApp in November. Remember, if you see Android 4.0.4 or below then your device will not update to a newer version.