If you are relying on WhatsApp for work and personal communications and you are still rocking an old smartphone released in the early 2010’s, you might want to change your phone soon.
Malay Mail reported that by the end of December 2022, the popular instant-messaging app will no longer support iPhones and Android phones running much older operating systems (OS).
Beginning on 1 January 2023, WhatsApp will only work on iPhones running iOS 12 or later, as well as on devices running Android Jelly Bean 4.1 or later. This prevents numerous devices from using the app, including the most widely used ones, the iPhone 5 and 5c as well as the Samsung Galaxy S2 and S3 mini.
According to WhatsApp, they 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. These devices also might not have the latest security updates, or might lack the functionality required to run WhatsApp.
Before WhatsApp prevents you from using the app, they will notify you ahead of time and gives you a reminder to upgrade your device or OS.
Now might be a good time to buy a new iPhone or Android phone if you are affected.