WhatsApp will no longer be usable on phones with Android operating systems below version 5.0 starting from October 24, 2023.
This policy is implemented because the popular instant messaging application will no longer provide support to phones using outdated operating systems.
As a result, only phones with Android operating systems version 5.0 or newer will be able to access WhatsApp.
WhatsApp users with phones running on outdated operating systems have been receiving notifications since September 24th.
These notifications appear within the WhatsApp application and prompt users to upgrade their phones to a more recent operating system.
WhatsApp encourages its users to promptly upgrade their phones to a newer operating system to continue using the application.
Users can upgrade their phones through official app stores such as the Google Play Store or the App Store. This policy will certainly affect WhatsApp users who are still using phones with outdated operating systems.
Users who do not upgrade their phones will lose access to WhatsApp starting from October 24th.
Here are some tips for WhatsApp users still using phones with outdated operating systems:
- Upgrade your phone to a newer operating system as soon as possible.
- Check the list of phones that will no longer support WhatsApp starting from October 24, 2023.
- Back up your WhatsApp contacts and messages before your phone gets blocked.
- Consider switching to other instant messaging apps that still support phones with outdated operating systems.
List of Android and iPhone phones that WhatsApp will block in three weeks:
- HTC One Sony Xperia Z
- LG Optimus G Pro
- Samsung Galaxy S2
- Samsung Galaxy Nexus
- HTC Sensation
- Motorola Droid Razr
- Sony Xperia S2
- iPhone 5
- iPhone 5C