Whatsapp is the most popular messenger for smartphones. But the US company no longer supports the service on all models as of 2023.
Dortmund – According to WhatsApp statistics, about 60 million people in Germany use Messenger every day. This means that more than everyone has the app on their smartphone. Depending on the mobile phone model, this could end in early 2023. Messenger no longer wants to support older operating systems.
Whatsapp no longer supports older operating systems – 2023 will be the end
The American company, which has been affiliated with the Meta tech group since 2014, regularly posts updates or other changes to Whatsapp on its blog. In one of the articles, the messaging service states that only Android devices with at least Android 4.1 or later are supported. For iOS, versions from iOS 12 or later are supported (more digital news at RUH24).
On the contrary, this means: Whatsapp will no longer work on all smartphones that have an older operating system. to me stern It should reach about 50 smartphone models from different manufacturers. With well-known brands such as Samsung, LG or Sony, there are many models. Whatsapp will no longer work on two iPhones in 2023.
Whatsapp will stop working on 49 smartphone models in 2023
Whatsapp says the reason for shutting down older operating systems is that they regularly end support for older operating systems in order to align resources with the latest systems and be able to keep up with the latest technological developments.
So Whatsapp users should check if their smartphone has been affected by the “kick off”. RUHR24 has listed all the models that are no longer supported by the messaging service:
- Apple: iPhone 5 and iPhone 5c
- Archos 53 Platinum
- ZTE: Grand S Flex ZTE, Grand X Quad V987 ZTE, Memo ZTE V956
- HTC Desire 500
- Huawei: Ascend D, Ascend D1, Ascend D2, Ascend G740, Ascend Mate, Ascend P1
- Lenovo A820
- LG: Enact, Lucid 2, Optimus 4X HD, Optimus F3, Optimus F3Q, Optimus F5, Optimus F6, Optimus F7, Optimus L2 II, Optimus L3 II, Optimus L3 II Dual, Optimus L4 II, Optimus L4 II Dual, Optimus L5 Optimus L5 Dual, Optimus L5 II, Optimus L7, Optimus L7 II, Optimus L7 II Dual, Optimus Nitro HD
- Quad XL
- Samsung Galaxy: Ace 2, Core, S2, S3 mini, Trend II, Trend Lite, Galaxy Xcover 2
- Sony: Xperia Arc S, Xperia miro, Xperia Neo L.
- Wiko: Cink Five and Darknight ZT
Whatsapp informs customers about messenger off – then users have to do it
For affected Whatsapp users, it should come as no surprise that the messaging service will soon not work on their smartphones. The blog entry states that WhatsApp will notify users when the operating system is no longer supported. Also, users will be reminded several times and asked to update their devices if they want to continue using Whatsapp. So the closure of the intelligence service will not come suddenly.
Some corresponding models are a bit out of date. Whatsapp does not say exactly how many users are affected by Messenger-Aus, according to stern For example, the operating system is iOS 12 from 2018, Android 4.1 from 2012.
Smartphones with these operating systems are sometimes almost ten years old. According to the portal, the average life of a cell phone every phone Only for five years. So it is assumed that many smartphones with old operating systems are not in circulation, and also because they have not been supported by updates for some time.
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