February 1, 2023

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WhatsApp will no longer work on all phones from January 1

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The WhatsApp
WhatsApp will no longer work on some older phones as of January 1, 2023. The app is no longer supported on 47 older models, including iPhones and Android phones, NU.nl reports. WhatsApp will only work on Android devices running Android 4.1 or higher. On iPhones, you need iOS 12 or higher. Smartphones from Huawei, LG, Samsung and Sony are also affected by the higher requirements. Below you can find the full list of phones involved.


  • an Apple: iPhone 5, iPhone 5c
  • Samsung: Galaxy Ace 2, Galaxy Core, Galaxy S2, Galaxy S3 mini, Galaxy Trend II, Galaxy Trend Lite, Galaxy Xcover 2
  • HuaweiAscend D, Ascend D1, Ascend D2, Ascend G740, Ascend Mate, Ascend P1
  • LG: LG Enact, Lucid 2, Optimus 4X HD, Optimus F3, Optimus F3Q, Optimus F5, Optimus F6, Optimus F7, Optimus L2 II, Optimus L3 II, Optimus L3 II Dual, Optimus L4 II, Optimus L4 II Dual, Optimus L5 Optimus L5 Dual, Optimus L5 II, Optimus L7, Optimus L7 II, Optimus L7 II Dual, Optimus Nitro HD
  • Sony: Xperia Arc S, Xperia miro, Xperia Neo L
  • Archos 53 platinum
  • big S-Flex ZTE
  • big X Quad V987 ZTE
  • htc Desire 500
  • Lenovo A820
  • note ZTE V956
  • wiko sync five
  • wiko Dark Knight BT
  • quad XL

Warning and solution
If your phone is in the “Danger Zone”, you will receive a warning from WhatsApp before the app stops working. You may be able to update your device to a newer version of your operating system, via Settings (gear). If that doesn’t work, and if you want to continue using Whatsapp, you will have to buy (er) a new phone. More information can be found via the link at the bottom of this article.

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