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How to update expired WhatsApp version on Android

Update expired WhatsApp on Android it's really very simple: you can act either from the Play Store, or by downloading the app from its official website and installing it manually. Before proceeding, however, check that WhatsApp is still supported for the version of Android installed on your device.

To view this information, open the Settings of the operating system, tap on the item Info on the device (Or System info, System> Information, System> About phone or similar) and take a look at the number next to the wording Android version.



Once this is done, go to the web page relating to information on the operating systems supported by WhatsApp and check that your version of Android is equal to or higher than the one mentioned (e.g. in November 2021 the expiry of the support for devices with Android 4.0.4 is set. or earlier): if this is not the case, before you can download and use a newer version of WhatsApp, you will need to update the entire operating system installed on the phone. If you don't know how to proceed, you can follow the directions I gave you in my guide on how to update Android.

Automatic update

To check if WhatsApp for Android is updated to the latest version available and, if necessary, update, start the Play Store using the appropriate icon resident on the Home screen or in the drawer of the device, tap on search bar visible at the top and type the word WhatsApp inside.

After that, come on Submit and locate the application card, among the displayed results; if updates are available you will see, in correspondence with it, a button named Update: then tap on the latter and, if prompted, enter the Password of the Google account configured on the device, to start the app update phase, after which you will see the button appear instead of the Update button apri.



Alternatively, you can update WhatsApp (and any other application) also through the main menu of the Play Store: to do this, open the latter, tap on the your avatar situato in alto a destra e seleciona la voce Manage app and device give the menu to compare.

Now, click on the item dedicated to Updates available, locate the WhatsApp app in the list of those to update and tap the button Update, located in its correspondence; if, on the other hand, you want to apply the updates to all the apps included in the list, press the button Update everything, located at the top of the screen.

If you wish, you can also have the Play Store download the updates completely automatically, when they are available: to do so, tap on the your avatar located on the home screen of the Google market, tap on the item Settings from the menu that appears and then on the items Network preferences e Automatic app update; finally, choose whether to download updates only via Wi-Fi or on any network and press pulsating end, to apply the changes.

Manual update

If you are unable to update WhatsApp through the Play Store, or you have a smartphone that does not have Google services whose market does not allow you to obtain updates for the app in question, you can solve the problem by downloading the application directly from the site Official web, in APK format.


Before proceeding, however, you must enable theinstallation of applications from unknown sources, otherwise Android will not allow you to install any files obtained through the browser.

If you haven't done so yet, open the menu of Settings of Android, by tapping on thegear located on the Home screen or in the app drawer, reach the sections Apps and notifications> Show all apps and touch the name of the browser you usually use and from which, presumably, you will download the WhatsApp app (eg Chrome).


Now, tap on the items Advanced e Install sconosciute app and move up ON the lever next to the item Allow from this source; to apply the change, answer affirmatively to any subsequent warnings.

As you can easily imagine, the path to follow on your device may not completely correspond to what I have explained to you, as it varies according to the version of Android you are using: for example, if you are using a smartphone Huawei, you have to go to the menu Settings> Security> Other settings> Install apps from external sources> [browser name]; on phones Xiaomiinstead, the path to follow is Settings> Privacy> Special access for apps> Install unknown apps> [browser name]; on Samsunginstead, you have to go to Settings> Applications> [browser name]> Install unknown apps.

Once the necessary permissions have been granted, start the browser chosen previously, connected to the address whatsapp.com/android and press pulsating Download twice in a row, in order to start the download of the APK file. If prompted, confirm your willingness to download the package by responding affirmatively to the notice that appears later.


If everything went smoothly, at the end of the download, the file should open automatically; if not, tap on the item apri that appears at the bottom of the browser screen, or on the notification message that the file has been received.

Per concludere, premium pulsating Install and, if necessary, reply in the affirmative to any subsequent warning messages; when finished, tap the button apri, in order to open WhatsApp immediately.

In case of doubts or difficulties in completing the steps that I have indicated in this section, I refer you to reading my guide on how to update WhatsApp without the Play Store, in which I have treated the subject in great detail.


How to update expired WhatsApp on iPhone

To update expired WhatsApp on iPhone, simply open the App Store and download the latest version of the messaging app from there.

Before going on, even in this case, I suggest you check that the iOS edition installed on your "iPhone by" is still supported by WhatsApp: to check it, open the Settings of the iPhone, by tapping on thegear resident on the Home screen or in the App Library, tap the items Generali e Info and take a look at the number present in correspondence with the item Software version.

Now, open the website indicating the information on the operating systems supported by WhatsApp and make sure that the version of iOS in your possession is equal to or higher than that indicated on the web page.

If the answer is yes, you can safely proceed with updating the app, following the instructions that I will give you shortly; if not, before you can go on, you need to update your iPhone to the latest iOS version available: if you don't know how to do it, follow the steps I have given you in my guide on how to update iPhone.

That said, to update WhatsApp, open theApp Store iOS (the stylized "A" icon residing on the Home screen or in the app Library), tap the button Search located at the bottom right, type the word WhatsApp in the search field that appears at the top and go on Submit.

Now, locate the app card among the proposed results and press the button Update placed in its correspondence, to proceed with the update; when necessary, verify your identity by authenticating yourself through Face ID, touch ID o Password Apple ID. To start the application, press the button apri which appears when the update is completed.

Alternatively, you can also intervene from the appropriate section dedicated to App Store updates: to access it, tap on your avatar located at the top right and locate the box Upcoming automatic updates in the panel that appears.

Now, search for the WhatsApp app among those listed and, when you have found it, press the button Update to download the available updates; if, on the other hand, you want to apply the updates to all the applications listed, tap the item Update everything, located at the top of the box.

If you wish, you can also have the App Store automatically download the updates, when they are available, if you are connected to the Wi-Fi network: if you are interested in taking this route, go to the menu Settings> App Store of iOS and move on ON the levetta App updates below the wording Automatic downloads.

Still from the same menu, you can enable the automatic download of apps and updates also from the cellular network: to do this, move to ON the levetta Automatic downloads below the wording Cellular data; finally, tap on the option Download app and choose if always allow automatic download, if ask for confirmation if the apps "weigh" more than 200 MB or if always ask for confirmation.

Beware of scams!

How do you say? There are no WhatsApp updates on your device store or app website, but you continue to receive chat or SMS messages asking you to click on a link, download an app or go to a specific web page and that, if you don't, they threaten to delete all contacts, chats and / or photos or permanently block your account?

In this case, do not hesitate to immediately trash the message and immediately block the sender from which it came! In all likelihood, in fact, it is an attack of Phishing, that is, a scam designed ad-hoc to obtain your personal data, or infect your smartphone with malware or a virus of another type (especially if you use Android).

By clicking on the link, the Update Now button or any other "clickable" element in the above message, you will be redirected to a malicious site and / or a site that will ask you to provide personal information such as your phone number, or even your credit card number, making you believe that the WhatsApp update is paid (while we all know that WhatsApp has been 100% free for several years).

Moreover, such sites may also ask you to download an alleged update for the app: obviously I invite you not to, as the only version of WhatsApp that is lawful, 100% safe and external to the Android Play Store. is the one on its official website, at least for the moment.

I repeat: my advice is to immediately trash the message, di do not forward it to other people and to block the sender who sent it. If you do not know how to do it, I refer you to reading my tutorials on how to block SMS and how to block chat messages, in which I have explained to you, in detail, how to prevent the receipt of various types of messages from unwelcome senders.

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