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WhatsApp to stop working on older iPhones and Androids in 2023

WhatsApp set to stop working on 49 smartphones for tens of millions of customers this month throughout main improve

  • Messaging service WhatsApp to stop working on older telephones
  • WhatsApp will stop working on outdated iPhone and Android fashions
  • Those customers affected will probably be delivered an alert by the app 

Popular messaging service WhatsApp is about to stop working on tens of millions of telephones.

People with older iPhone and Android fashions will not find a way to use the app after December 31 with out getting an improve.

WhatsApp will stop to perform on 49 makes of telephone together with the iPhone 5 or 5c together with a number of Huawei, LG and Samsung fashions. 

The well-liked messaging service WhatsApp will stop working on tens of millions of telephones within the new year

However, customers of these telephones will probably be despatched an alert by WhatsApp earlier than it stops working. 

‘Devices and software change typically, so we repeatedly evaluation what working programs we help and make updates,’ the messaging app stated.

‘These gadgets additionally won’t have the most recent safety updates, or would possibly lack the performance required to run WhatsApp.’

‘To select what to stop supporting, each year we, like different technology firms, have a look at which gadgets and software are the oldest and have the fewest variety of folks nonetheless utilizing them.’

To replace your working system on an iPhone go to the ‘normal’ settings and choose ‘software replace’. 

If your machine can’t run the up to date software you will have a more moderen telephone to achieve this. 

People with older models of iPhone, Huawei, LG and Samsung will need to upgrade to keep WhatsApp functioning (pictured stock image)

People with older fashions of iPhone, Huawei, LG and Samsung will want to improve to preserve WhatsApp functioning (pictured stock picture)

In October WhatsApp stopped working on iPhones utilizing iOS 11 and older software. 

‘To sustain with the most recent advances in tech, we routinely stop supporting older working programs to level our resources to supporting the most recent ones,’ the messaging service stated.

In November it launched a brand new software referred to as ‘Message Yourself’, which, because the identify suggests, enables you to ship your self notes, reminders and updates. 

This function is accessible on Android and iPhone and enables you to begin a 1:1 chat with your self inside the WhatsApp app.

It helps customers to preserve monitor of their to-do lists, ship themselves notes, reminders or buying lists.

To update your operating system on an iPhone go to the 'general' settings and select 'software update'

To replace your working system on an iPhone go to the ‘normal’ settings and choose ‘software replace’ 

Before that WhatsApp launched a brand new software referred to as Communities, which helps you to message a number of teams directly. 

The software permits customers to place a number of group chats collectively underneath one subject and share updates with all of them.   

Mark Zuckerberg, chief govt of Meta, WhatsApp’s father or mother company, stated: ‘Today we’re launching Communities on WhatsApp. 

‘It makes teams higher by enabling sub-groups, a number of threads, announcement channels, and extra.’


If you are contemplating deleting WhatsApp, you will be completely satisfied to hear that there are a number of different apps to select from:

1. Telegram

With greater than 400 million customers, Telegram is among the hottest WhatsApp options. 

While it appears to be like very comparable to WhatsApp, what units it aside is the truth that it provides the possibility to set messages to self-destruct after a given time period, leaving no hint. 

Telegram additionally gives end-to-end encryption.

However, as a WhatsApp spokesperson identified, Telegram ‘doesn’t supply end-to-end encryption by default so it’s not essentially safer than WhatsApp’.

2. Signal 

Signal is among the most safe messaging apps, thanks to the truth that it’s open-source. 

This signifies that the code for the app is publicly out there to view, making it near-impossible for the app’s creators to sneak in any backdoors that might permit governments or hackers to spy on your messages.

3. iMessage

If you utilize an iPhone, it’s possible you’ll think about merely switching to iMessage, Apple’s personal messaging app. 

The app has a lot of spectacular options included no character limits, the power to ship footage and movies, and after all Apple’s animated emoji function, Animoji.

Unfortunately, iMessage is simply out there for iPhone customers, so you will wrestle to work together with anybody utilizing an Android. 

4. Google Messages

Google’s answer to iMessage is Google Messages, an Android-only messaging service. 

The app replaces your commonplace SMS app, and integrates with all of Google’s apps and providers, making it simple to share pictures or use Google Assistant. 

5. Facebook Messenger

If you have been postpone utilizing WhatsApp due to its sharing of knowledge with Facebook, Facebook Messenger might not be the best choice for you.

However, the app gives a lot of useful options, together with video games, secret conversations and video calls. 


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