New Delhi: Come January 1 and several smartphone users will not be able to use WhatsApp, as the instant messaging app will withdraw support from certain platforms.
Mentioning about supported operating systems, WhatsApp page mentions that it provides support for and recommend using the following devices:
Android running OS 4.0.3 and newer
iPhone running iOS 9 and newer
Select phones running KaiOS 2.5.1 newer, including JioPhone and JioPhone 2
“Once you have one of these devices, install WhatsApp and register your phone number. WhatsApp can only be activated with one phone number on one device at a time. Furthermore, there’s no option to transfer your chat history between platforms. However, we provide the option to export your chat history as an email attachment. Please note, export chat isn’t supported in Germany,” WhatsApp says in its support page.
Based on the above, it can be concluded that iPhones not run iOS 9 will not be used for WhatsApp services from 2021. This include all earlier iPhone models upto iPhone 4. However, those using iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPhone 5S, iPhone 5C, iPhone 6, and iPhone 6S, will have to update their phones with either iOS 9 or later for being able to use WhatsApp.
The following phones may not be running Android OS 4.0.3 and newer.
Google Nexus S
Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc
LG Optimus 2X
Samsung Galaxy S I9000
Motorola Droid Razr
Samsung Galaxy S2
How to find out OS running on your phone
iPhone users go to Settings > General > Information to find out software version on your iPhone. Android users go to Settings > About Phone to find out OS version running on your smartphone.