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Date when WhatsApp will stop working for millions

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WhatsApp will stop working for 43 devices in two months. (Photo Illustration by Rafael Henrique/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
WhatsApp will stop working for 43 devices in two months. (Photo Illustration by Rafael Henrique/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

Popular instant messaging app WhatsApp will cease working on older smartphone models come the 1st of November.

The Facebook-owned app, which regularly phases out support for older devices, will unleash its latest cull within two months, meaning the app will stop working on 43 older smartphone models.

WhatsApp, which has added a swathe of new features this year, will stop supporting the app on older models in a bid to keep the app secure, according to media reports.

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WhatsApp is officially the world's most popular international instant messaging platform, with approximately two billion users around the globe.

It outranks Facebook's Messenger, which has 1.3 billion users, and WeChat, which has 1.2 billion users, according to Statista.

What phones WILL WhatsApp work on?

According to WhatsApp’s FAQ page, the app will keep working for:

  • Androids running OS 4.1 and newer

  • iPhones running iOS 10 and newer

  • Select phones running KaiOS 2.5.1 newer, including JioPhone and JioPhone 2

43 devices to lose access to WhatsApp: Full list

If your phone is on this list, you won’t be able to access WhatsApp after 1 November:

Apple

  • iPhone SE, 6S and 6S Plus.

Samsung

  • Samsung Galaxy Trend Lite, Galaxy Trend II, Galaxy SII, Galaxy S3 mini, Galaxy Xcover 2, Galaxy Core and Galaxy Ace 2.

LG

  • LG Lucid 2, Optimus F7, Optimus F5, Optimus L3 II Dual, Optimus F5, Optimus L5, Optimus L5 II, Optimus L5 Dual, Optimus L3 II, Optimus L7, Optimus L7 II Dual, Optimus L7 II, Optimus F6, Enact , Optimus L4 II Dual, Optimus F3, Optimus L4 II, Optimus L2 II, Optimus Nitro HD and 4X HD, and Optimus F3Q.

ZTE

  • ZTE Grand S Flex, ZTE V956, Grand X Quad V987 and Grand Memo.

Huawei

  • Huawei Ascend G740, Ascend Mate, Ascend D Quad XL, Ascend D1 Quad XL, Ascend P1 S, and Ascend D2.

Sony

  • Sony Xperia Miro, Sony Xperia Neo L, Xperia Arc S.

Others

  • Alcatel One Touch Evo 7, Archos 53 Platinum, HTC Desire 500, Caterpillar Cat B15, Wiko Cink Five, Wiko Darknight, Lenovo A820, UMi X2, Faea F1 and THL W8.

WhatsApp logo displayed on a phone screen and conversation on the WhatsApp displayed on a phone screen in the background are seen in this illustration photo taken in Krakow, Poland on August 27, 2021. (Photo Illustration by Jakub Porzycki/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
WhatsApp will stop working on dozens of dated devices from 1 November. (Photo Illustration by Jakub Porzycki/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

What can I do if my phone is on this list?

Unfortunately, there doesn’t seem to be much you can do to salvage WhatsApp if you are using one of the devices listed above.

The most obvious answer would be to purchase a new device if you want to continue using it.

Once you lose access to the app on your old device, you’ll lose your chat history, too, according to WhatsApp’s FAQ page.

“There's no option to transfer your chat history between platforms,” it states.

“However, we provide the option to export your chat history as an email attachment.”

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