WhatsApp announced that it will stop working on around 49 smartphones across brands, including Apple, Samsung, Huawei, and more, according to GizChina.
The app will no longer support some older smartphones running on outdated operating systems, including Android and iPhones models, after 31 December 2022. Starting from the new year, 1 January 2023, these devices will lose contact with WhatsApp.
The platform has launched updates almost every week to develop the user interface and fix bugs. Hence, WhatsApp discontinues its support for older operating versions every year to focus on new updates.
"To keep up with the latest advances in technology, we routinely stop supporting older operating systems to point our resources to supporting the latest ones," the statement read. “If we stop supporting your operating system, you'll be notified and reminded a few times to upgrade your device to continue using WhatsApp.”
WhatsApp will no longer support Apple iPhone 5 or Apple iPhone 5c.
Regarding Android phones, the app will not support;
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 I/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.