Phones on which WhatsApp will no longer work at the beginning of next year

WhatsApp, the most popular chat application in the world, will no longer work on several models of smartphones with iOS and Android operating system.

These are old versions of the two platforms. From the “parish” of Apple, the models that will lose access to the application are 4S, 5, 5S, 5C, 6, 6 Plus and 6S, 6S Plus if they are not updated to iOS 9 or a newer version.

In the case of iPhone 6S, 6S Plus and iPhone SE (first generation) the update is not a problem, because the devices have access to even iOS 14.

In the Android world, smartphones running Android 4.0.3 or older will no longer be able to run WhatsApp. Examples are HTC Desire, LG Optimus Black, Motorola Droid Razr or Samsung Galaxy S2.

Most Android smartphones have old operating systems

Many people will wonder who else uses such models? In poor and emerging countries in Asia and Africa, these devices are still used by many people. However, the market share of smartphones in the Android segment that are in use using Ice Cream Sandwich or an older version of the platform is less than 1%.

According to Statista, about 60% of Android smartphones in use use an operating system version older than two years. By comparison, 81% of iPhone devices run the latest version of iOS.

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