Millions of people could be about to lose access to their messages, photos, and contacts as WhatsApp is pulling support for some major smartphones.
While we're all encouraged to avoid replacing our phones regularly it seems that tech companies are keen to move us along as a WhatsApp update will stop old models from working anymore.
43 Android and iOS models will lose the ability to send messages and pictures or make video calls on WhatsApp from Monday, November 1st.
That includes any phone with Android 4.0.4 or earlier installed or any iPhone with the iOS 9 software or earlier.
The following smartphones will lose access to the popular messaging app:
- Sony Xperia
- LG Optimus F7, F5, L3 II Dual, F7 II, F5 II
- Huawei Ascend Mate and Ascend D2
- Apple iPhone SE, 6S, and 6S Plus
- Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini, Trend II, Trend Lite, Core, Ace 2
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Luckily, if you update your smartphone to the latest version, you should be okay. Only certain handsets support newer software however, such as the six-year-old iPhone 6S Plus which will be eligible for iOS 15 this Autumn.
The best way to ensure WhatsApp and other apps will continue to function is to always keep your phone software up to date. You can go into your phone settings and check whether you're updated.
WhatsApp is adding a ton of new features for newer phones this year, including a 'control bar', iPhone-to-Android chat transfer, and even redesigned voice notes. It will also soon let you make 'joinable' group voice chats on its platform.
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