WhatsApp, the popular messaging app used by billions, is set to make a significant change that could impact its user base. The company routinely discontinues support for older Android versions to ensure its app remains optimized for the latest devices while also enhancing security. This proactive approach aligns with Google’s schedule for phasing out support for outdated Android versions, protecting millions of users from potential security risks.
While many users are likely already using Android phones with up-to-date operating systems, WhatsApp provides information about which Android versions will no longer be compatible with the app. Starting in October, WhatsApp will cease support for devices running Android 4.1 or earlier.
Android Phones That Won’t Support WhatsApp
The list of phones running on Android 4.1 and earlier includes some older models from various manufacturers:
|Samsung Galaxy S2|
|Sony Xperia Z|
|HTC Desire HD|
|LG Optimus 2X|
|Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc3|
If you own one of these devices, WhatsApp has set a deadline of October 24 for continued support. After this date, you will need an Android phone running version 5.0 or higher to continue using the messaging app. Similarly, iPhone users will need to have iOS 12 or later versions installed.
To check the Android version on your phone, navigate to Settings → About Phone → Software Details. Devices running unsupported Android versions will no longer allow you to send or receive messages via WhatsApp.