WhatsApp will no longer support these phones from January 2021

Are you using WhatsApp on an older Android phone? In this article, you can read which Android versions will no longer be supported by WhatsApp.

WhatsApp on older Android phones

WhatsApp is the most important app on the phone for many. Apping has even become a verb and that indicates how often we use this messenger to keep in touch with friends or family. Unfortunately, WhatsApp cannot continue to support all old versions and phones and some changes have been made from January 1 next year. This means that you can no longer use WhatsApp on a number of older smartphones or that some functions on these phones no longer work.

Which phones will no longer work with WhatsApp?

If your Android runs on Android version 4.0.3 (Ice Cream Sandwich) or lower, WhatsApp support will stop for you as of January 1, 2021. iPhone owners must have an iPhone that runs at least on iOS 9. Phones like the LG Optimus 3D, the HTC Sensation, the Sony Xperia Arc, iPhone 3GS and the iPhone 4 will therefore be out of the question from next year.

LG Optimus 3D from 2011

What can you do?

WhatsApp will halt the development of its app for the phones running on the above software. So it is possible that some functions no longer work. New functions will of course also not be usable. You can also no longer create new accounts or reverify existing accounts. Removing and reinstalling the messenger will therefore cause problems.

If you have such an older phone or want to app with someone who has such a phone, you can update the device to a newer version. If that’s not possible then it might be an idea to check out a new phone. Android 4.0.3 was announced by Google in 2011. Phones running on this version are therefore at least as old. Not only WhatsApp can be a reason to buy a new phone, the security of these old phones is also no longer in order. Looking for a new phone? Take a look at our buying guides and our buying guide.

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