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01st Nov 2021

WhatsApp to be blocked on millions of phones from today

Kieran Galpin


It’s upgrade time if you want to keep using WhatsApp

Starting from November 1, free chat tool Whatsapp will stop working on millions of phones across the world in a bid to amp up the security of the popular messaging platform.

Users of particularly outdated handsets will find themselves unable to use Whatsapp in the next few days. If you are able to continue functioning without the app, then it’s chill – but if not, you may have to upgrade.

Creators behind the app say that they are hoping to keep things secure and safe for users, which means they are phasing out older phone models. Users will no longer have access to messages, photos, videos and anything exclusively stored on the application.

There is hope for those who love their older models though; certain users will only have to install a fresh update to keep their Whatsapp access. These devices include the iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S Plus, iPhone SE and iPhone variants.

If you have anything older than an iPhone 4S, which came out in 2011, then your only option will be to upgrade to a better device.

For Android users (because yes, they exist too), you will need an operating software of 4.1 or above.

The phones included are:

  • iPhone SE
  • iPhone 6S
  • iPhone 6S Plus
  • Galaxy Trend Lite
  • Galaxy Trend II
  • Galaxy SII
  • Galaxy S3 mini
  • Galaxy Xcover 2
  • Galaxy Core
  • Galaxy Ace 2
  • Lucid 2
  • Optimus F7
  • Optimus F5
  • Optimus L3 II Dual
  • Optimus F5
  • Optimus L5
  • Optimus Best L5 II
  • Optimus L5 Dual
  • Best L3 II
  • Optimus L7
  • Optimus L7 II Dual
  • Best L7 II
  • Optimus F6, Enact
  • Optimus L4 II Dual
  • Optimus F3
  • Best L4 II
  • Best L2 II
  • Optimus Nitro HD
  • Optimus 4X HD
  • Optimus F3Q
  • ZTE V956
  • Grand X Quad V987
  • Grand Memo
  • Xperia Miro
  • Xperia Neo L
  • Xperia Arc S
  • Alcatel
  • Ascend G740
  • Ascend Mate
  • Ascend D Quad XL
  • Ascend D1 Quad XL
  • Ascend P1 S
  • Ascend D2
  • Archos 53 Platinum
  • HTC Desire 500
  • Caterpillar Cat B15
  • Wiko Cink Five
  • Wiko Darknight
  • Lenovo A820
  • UMi X2
  • Run F1
  • THL W8

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