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WHAT PHONES WILL WHATSAPP STOP WORKING ON IN JANUARY 2023?

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WHAT PHONES WILL WHATSAPP STOP WORKING ON IN JANUARY 2023

It may be time to upgrade your phone as WhatsApp will stop working on millions of devices in a few days, The Independent reports.

The instant messaging platform will end support for over 45 smartphones which are running outdated operating systems.

This includes both iPhone and Android devices and top brands including Samsung, Huawei and LG. Read on for a full list.

WHAT PHONES WILL WHATSAPP STOP WORKING ON?

WhatsApp will stop working on iPhones running below iOS 9 and Androids operating below 4.3. As reported by Metro, this includes:

iPhone

  • iPhone 5
  • Phone 5c

Android

  • Archos 53 Platinum
  • Grand S Flex ZTE
  • Grand X Quad V987 ZTE 
  • HTC Desire 500
  • Huawei Ascend D 
  • Huawei Ascend D1
  • Huawei Ascend D2
  • Huawei Ascend G740
  • Huawei Ascend Mate
  • Huawei Ascend P1
  • Quad XL
  • Lenovo A820
  • LG Enact
  • LG Lucid 2
  • LG Optimus 4X HD
  • LG Optimus F3
  • LG Optimus 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
  • Memo ZTE V956
  • 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 miro
  • Sony Xperia Neo L
  • Wiko Cink Five
  • Wiko Darknight ZT

WHEN WILL WHATSAPP STOP WORKING ON THESE PHONES?

If you have one of the above phones, WhatsApp will not work after December 31 2022.

That means the messaging app will stop working on your device on January 1 2023.

The only way to continue using WhatsApp is to buy a new phone which runs a newer system.

WHY WILL WHATSAPP STOP WORKING?

In its operating system FAQs, WhatsApp explains that old devices don’t have the latest security updates and lack the functionality required to run the app.

“Devices and software change often, so we regularly review what operating systems we support and make updates,” the platform said.

“To choose what to stop supporting, every year we, like other technology companies, look at which devices and software are the oldest and have the fewest number of people still using them.”

Before WhatsApp stops supporting your operating system, you will be notified directly in the WhatsApp app ahead of time.

Then, you will be reminded a few times to upgrade your device before the platform stops working completely.