WhatsApp to stop working on 49 smartphones, iPhone 5 and 5c and others, after the 31st of December

The widely used messaging programme WhatsApp is on the verge of being inoperable on millions of different phones.After the 31st of December, users of earlier versions of the iPhone and Android will be unable to use the app without first upgrading their device.The iPhone 5 and 5c, along with a number of devices produced by Huawei, LG, and Samsung, are among the 49 brands of smartphone that will no longer support WhatsApp's functionality.However, WhatsApp will provide a notification to users of certain phones before it completely stops functioning on those phones.The functionality of WhatsApp for iPhones running iOS 11 and earlier software versions was discontinued in October.

The messaging service explained: "In order to remain current with the most recent developments in technology, we frequently discontinue supporting older operating systems so that we may direct our efforts into maintaining the most recent ones."It introduced a whole new application in November called "Message Yourself," which, as the name indicates, enables you to communicate with yourself in the form of notes, reminders, and updates.Within the WhatsApp app, you are now able to initiate a one-on-one conversation with yourself thanks to a new feature that is compatible with both Android and iPhone.Users are able to send themselves messages, reminders, or shopping lists; keep track of their to-do lists; and keep track of their to-do lists.

WhatsApp is one of the most widely used messaging applications, having more than two billion users in over 180 countries.

The list of phones to stop working  after the 31st of December

iPhone 5

iPhone 5C

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 II

LG Optimus L5 II Dual

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

The decision was explained in a statement released by WhatsApp.

'Devices and software change often, so we regularly review what operating systems we support and make updates,' 'These devices also might not have the latest security updates, or might lack the functionality required to run WhatsApp.'

'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.'

To update your operating system on an iPhone go to the 'general' settings and select 'software update'. 

 

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