Updated October 23, 2023 at 11:12 AM
WhatsApp is one of the most popular messengers.
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WhatsApp is still the most popular messenger. But it is possible that some users will have to do without the application in the future. Support is discontinued for some older smartphones.
To use WhatsApp, you currently need a smartphone running Android version 4.1 or higher; iPhones must have at least iOS 12. This will change as of October 24, 2023: WhatsApp will stop supporting older Android versions.
As reported by the companyIn the future, only smartphones running Android version 5.0 and later will be supported. Nothing will change for iPhone users on the specified date.
The open question at the moment is whether WhatsApp will no longer be usable on affected mobile phones after the change or whether support will “just” be stopped.
What version of Android does my phone have?
You can easily find out whether your cell phone is affected or not. The Android version can be accessed on your smartphone. To do this, go to Phone Information under Settings. The Android version can be found here under Software Settings.
If Android 5.0 or higher is displayed here, you can let the deadline pass in a relaxed manner. However, if you have an older version of Android and can’t update and still want to continue using Messenger, WhatsApp recommends switching to a newer device that is still supported.
WhatsApp says that every year it checks which systems and devices are the oldest and have the fewest users. In this way, the company decides which systems will continue to be supported and which systems will be discontinued.
WhatsApp has a new, modern look, at least in its Android app. Early beta testers are currently enjoying the new interface. It should be better adapted to the current Material Design 3 for Google OS.
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