WhatsApp to stop working on millions of phones! Is yours on this list of 43 mobiles

WhatsApp to stop working on millions of phones! Is yours on this list of 43 mobiles

WhatsApp has over two billion monthly active users, which is well ahead of parent company Facebook’s own Messenger app and the company regularly adds features and updates to its apps for both iOS and Android to keep its users hooked on a permanent basis. There are many rivals like Telegram and Signal just waiting for WhatsApp to show a weakness for them to take advantage of. However, there is one thing that WhatsApp is doing that will disappoint many of its users. It will stop working on a huge number of mobiles soon. The company is all set to cut the number of mobiles it officially supports, by phasing out support for old smartphone models. Unfortunately for users with older smartphones, the company is preparing a purge of older devices. The WhatsApp deadline is very near, it will take effect in November, 2021.

According to reports, WhatsApp is expected to stop working on over 40 smartphone models later this year, which means that millions of smartphone users could be locked out of using the service. This means that WhatsApp’s latest smartphone requirements for running the app on Android, iOS and Kai OS have been updated to match the new minimum requirements.

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Starting from November, WhatsApp users will need to have a smartphone running Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) or an iPhone running iOS 10 or later according to the WhatsApp FAQ. This means that the following smartphones are unlikely to support WhatsApp when November arrives, according to Metro News.


iPhone SE

iPhone 6S

iPhone 6S Plus


The Samsung Galaxy Trend Lite

Galaxy Trend II

Galaxy SII

Galaxy S3 mini

Galaxy Xcover 2

Galaxy Core

Galaxy Ace 2.


The 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


Optimus L4 II Dual

Optimus F3

Optimus L4 II

WhatsApp to stop working on millions of phones! Is yours on this list of 43 mobiles

Optimus L2 II

Optimus Nitro HD and 4X HD

Optimus F3Q


ZTE Grand S Flex

ZTE V956

Grand X Quad V987

Grand Memo


Huawei Ascend G740

Ascend Mate

Ascend D Quad XL

Ascend D1 Quad XL

Ascend P1 S

Ascend D2.


The Sony Xperia Miro

Sony Xperia Neo L

Xperia Arc S


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


What WhatsApp users with old and outdated phones can do

If there is an update available to Android 4.1 or Android 4.2 or any version of Android after that, updating your app should allow you to keep using your phone.

Meanwhile, your iPhone SE, iPhone 6S are supported until iOS 14 and will most likely receive iOS 15 before November, so users should download and update to the latest version to continue using WhatsApp. If you have an older model like the iPhone 4s, you will no longer be able to use WhatsApp after November, according to the report.

If you do decide to switch or upgrade your phone, make sure to take a WhatsApp backup before you delete your old phone’s data. If you want to transfer data from an iPhone to a Samsung phone, this is now possible - just check our handy guide here. There’s no way to transfer data from Android to iPhone yet, but it could come at a later stage.