WhatsApp will stop working on some older Android smartphones, iPhones, and KaiOS smart feature phones from November 1, 2021. Check to see if your phone is affected.

WhatsApp won’t work on these phones from November 1st, 2021

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Whether you use an Android smartphone, an iPhone, or a KaiOS smart feature phone, chances are that you and people you know communicate daily through WhatsApp, and so this bit of news just might affect you or one of them. The development team have updated the list of supported devices and come November 1st, 2021, some really older smartphones will no longer be supported by WhatsApp.

WhatsApp says that they provide support for and recommend using the following devices:

  • Android running OS 4.1 and newer
  • iPhone running iOS 10 and newer
  • Select phones running KaiOS 2.5.1 newer, including JioPhone and JioPhone 2

This means that if you are still using any devices running versions of their operating systems below what is specified above, you will no longer be able to use WhatsApp on them from November 1, 2021.

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Is your Android smartphone affected?

To find out if your Android smartphone is affected, go to the Settings menu, and tap on About phone, and look for Android version. If it is below Android 4.1, your phone is at risk. Check to see if there is an Android software update available for your phone. If there isn’t, you will be unable to use WhatsApp from November 1. You need to replace it with a newer model.

Is your iPhone affected?

To find out if your iPhone is affected, go to: Settings > About. The operating system version will be displayed. If it is below iOS 10, you are at risk. Check to see if there is a software update available for your phone. If there isn’t, you will be unable to use WhatsApp from November 1. You need to buy a newer model.

Is your KaiOS smart feature phone affected?

To find out if your KaiOS phone is affected, go to: Settings > Device Information > More Information. The operating system version will be displayed. If it is below 2.5.1, you are at risk. Check to see if there is a software update available for your phone. If there isn’t, you will be unable to use WhatsApp from November 1. You need to buy a newer model.

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