Downloading the Whatsapp update will stop the app on MILLIONS of iPhones and Android phones
Facebook-owned messaging platform WhatsApp is expected to stop supporting its mobile app in November, affecting multiple devices.
Not only will the tech giant stop supporting old smart devices, it has also taken unprecedented steps to prevent those smartphones from continuing to use the service.
Affected users will need to update their smart devices or purchase a new one in order to continue using WhatsApp.
Millions of people affected around the world
Security research firm TitanTech has identified more than 40 different devices that will be affected by the November 1 decision.
Android users running Android 4.1 or earlier and iPhone users running version earlier than iOS 10 will see WhatsApp blocked on their device.
Data from 7NEWS.com.au shows that less than 1% of our Android audience will be affected, using devices such as the Galaxy Note 10.1 and Samsung’s Galaxy S2 and S3. Some Huawei devices will also be impacted.
As for the iPhone, around 2% of 7NEWS online audience will see WhatsApp blocked. If you are still using iPhone 4 and older, or if you haven’t updated to iPhone 6S, 6S Plus, or SE (2016), you will need to get the latest available update.
For iPhones, all iPhone models up to iPhone 4 will lose iPhone support. This means that those who use iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPhone 5S, iPhone 6, and iPhone 6S will need to update their operating system to iOS 9 or later in order to continue to use WhatsApp.
WhatsApp will stop working on smartphones running an Android version earlier than 4.0.3. Few devices currently run on an Android version earlier than 4.0.3. However, some of the models are the HTC Desire, LG Optimus Black, Motorola Droid Razr, and Samsung Galaxy S2 and S3.
How to check your operating system
- Go to Settings > General > Information
- Go to Settings > About the phone
WhatsApp says users should be using the latest version of their system to access all of the latest features.