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    WhatsApp no ​​longer works on these 54 smartphones and tablets, here is the full list

    WhatsApp stopped working properly on some smartphones on Monday, November 1, 2021. As is regularly the case, the messaging app has dropped support for certain versions of Android and iOS. About fifty smartphones and tablets are concerned. WhatsApp invites users to install a newer version of their phone's OS whenever possible. 

    WhatsApp no ​​longer works on these 54 smartphones and tablets, here is the full list
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    Periodically, WhatsApp is forced to drop support for certain versions of Android and iOS. At the start of the year, instant messaging stopped working on iPhones running a version prior to iOS 9 and smartphones stuck on Android 4.0.2 (or a previous version).

    This Monday, November 1, 2021, WhatsApp has implemented new restrictions. As explained in its FAQ, the messaging application no longer works on terminals stuck on versions prior to Android 4.1, iOS 10 or KaiOS 2.5.1. If WhatsApp is already installed on your smartphone, you can continue to use it, but some features may no longer work properly.

    Also Read: WhatsApp Boosts Backup Security With End-to-End Encryption

    WhatsApp asks to install a more recent version of Android or iOS on these smartphones

    On its website, WhatsApp lists more than fifty smartphones and tablets who may be affected by this change. The list includes phones that came out on the market with an older version of Android or iOS that will no longer be supported. Here is the list :

    • Alcatel One Touch Evo 7
    • Apple 6s Plus
    • Apple iPhone 6s
    • Apple iPhone SE (1st generation)
    • Archos 53 Platinum
    • Cat Cat B15
    • Faea F1
    • HTC Desire 500
    • Huawei Ascend D Quad XL
    • Huawei Ascend D1 Quad XL
    • Huawei Ascend D2
    • Huawei Ascend G740
    • Huawei Ascend Mate
    • Huawei Ascend S P1
    • Lenovo A820
    • LG Enact
    • LG Lucid 2
    • LG Optimus 4X HD
    • LG Optimus F3
    • LG Optimus F3Q
    • LG Optimus F5
    • LG Optimus F5
    • LG Optimus F6
    • LG Optimus F7
    • LG Optimus L2 II
    • LG Optimus L3 II
    • LG Optimus L3 II Dual
    • LG Optimus L4 II
    • LG Optimus L4 II Dual
    • LG Optimus L5
    • LG Optimus L5 Dual
    • LG Optimus L5 II
    • LG Optimus L7
    • LG Optimus L7 II
    • LG Optimus L7 II Dual
    • LG Optimus Nitro HD
    • Samsung Galaxy Ace 2
    • Samsung galaxy core
    • Samsung Galaxy S2
    • Samsung Galaxy mini S3
    • Samsung Galaxy Trend II
    • Samsung Galaxy Trend Lite
    • Samsung Galaxy Xcover 2
    • Sony Xperia Arc S
    • Sony Xperia Miro
    • Sony Xperia Neo L
    • THL W8
    • UMi X2
    • Wiko Cink Five
    • Wiko Darknight
    • ZTE Grand S Flex
    • ZTE Grand X Quad V987
    • ZTE Memo
    • ZTE V956

    For some of the phones listed above, it is sufficient toinstall a newer version of the operating system to continue using WhatsApp without encountering any problem. We think in particular of the iPhone SE and 6S. Older iPhones are indeed compatible with iOS 14, as well as with the iOS 15 update.

    How to update Android or iOS?

    Public chat Android, the operations used to update the operating system vary from one manufacturer to another, and may also change from one version number to another. But here are the operations that you must perform in a “general” way:

    • Open the app Parameters
    • Head over to functions System > advanced settings
    • Click on System update, in order to check for a possible update and install it if necessary

    Public chat iOS, the operations are valid whatever the version of the operating system. Proceed as follows:

    • Click on the application Settings
    • Open option General
    • Go to the function Software update
    • Push the button Download and install 

    We recommend that you back up the data stored on your phone before starting an update. Note also that it is necessary to have 50% of battery available before starting the installation of the update. Finally, we recommend that you connect to a Wi-Fi network to download the firmware.

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