WhatsApp will soon be abandoning a lot of older phones. If you want to continue using WhatsApp, you will need to purchase a new phone.
Soon WhatsApp will stop working on many older phones. A total of 47 different smartphone models will no longer be able to access the popular messaging app – it doesn’t matter whether you run Android or iOS.
It’s no surprise that support for these older devices is dropping. The application receives regular updates that must always be adapted to the different Android and iOS versions. The problem for those older devices is that they no longer receive security updates after a while. However, you need those updates to be able to send messages safely.
In addition, the number of users for the older telephones is particularly low. The effort that WhatsApp puts into the various updates is therefore no longer in proportion to the number of users.
Chances are, however, that you have nothing to worry about. When they say ‘old’ at WhatsApp, they really mean old. With the Apple devices, only the iPhone 5 and iPhone 5C lose the WhatsApp app. Both devices are now 9 to 10 years old, which makes the smartphones as good as very old.
WhatsApp also disappears from a number of devices for Android. If you’re up to date with the latest update – or even the one from a year or two ago – there’s no need to panic. Only devices with an Android version lower than 5.0 will see the messaging app disappear.
Below you will find an alphabetical list of devices on which WhatsApp will no longer work.
Apple iPhone 5 Apple iPhone 5c Archos 53 Platinum HTC Desire 500 Huawei Ascend D Huawei Ascend D1 Huawei Ascend D2 Huawei Ascend Mate Huawei Ascend Mate Huawei Ascend Mate Huawei Ascend P1 Huawei D Quad XL F3Q LG Optimus F5 LG Optimus F6 LG Optimus F7 LG Optimus L2 II LG Optimus L3 II LG Optimus L3 II Dual LG Optimus L4 II LG Optimus L4 II Dual LG Optimus L5 LG Optimus L5 Dual LG Optimus L5 II LG Optimus L7 LG Optimus L7 II LG Optimus L7 II Dual LG Optimus Nitro HD Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 Samsung Galaxy Core Samsung Galaxy S2 Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini Samsung Galaxy Trend II Samsung Galaxy Trend Lite Samsung Galaxy Xcover 2 Sony Xperia Arc S Sony Xperia Mirror Sony Xperia Neo L Wiko Cink Five Wiko ZTE Grand S Flex ZTE Grand X Quad V987 ZTE Memo V9
Do you still use one of the above devices? Then you will unfortunately no longer be able to use WhatsApp. The solution? Get a new phone! In this way you can also install security and other updates again and better secure your mobile surfing again.
Looking for a new device, but you don’t know what to choose? Then be sure to check out our buying guide for smartphones with a large battery.