A new WhatsApp update will prevent the popular messaging app from working on millions of phones from 1 January 2021. Older Android and iPhone devices will no longer support the latest version of the app, forcing owners to either update their mobile operating system or buy a new smartphone, Punch News reports.
Any iPhone not running iOS 9 or newer, or any phone not running at least Android 4.0.3 – also known as Ice Cream Sandwich – will no longer be able to open or operate the Facebook-owned app. This means all iPhone models up to the iPhone 4 will be unable to support WhatsApp, as these phones are not capable of updating to iOS 9. A similar update at the start of 2020 saw WhatsApp make the “tough decision” of ending support for even older phones.
Phones set to lose WhatsApp Update support on 1 January 2021:
Apple iPhone 1-4
Samsung Galaxy S2
LG Optimus Black
Motorola Droid Razr
Any Android released before 2010
Phones that will need to update to at least iOS 9 or Android OS 4.0.3:
Apple iPhone 4S
Samsung Galaxy S3 and newer
Samsung Galaxy Note
Motorola Droid 4
Sony Xperia Pro and newer
The messaging giant will also be updating its Terms of Service next year, forcing users to agree to new privacy rules in order to keep using the app.