The phones on which WhatsApp will no longer work in 2023. Every year WhatsApp updates the list of supported devices and 2023 on some old iPhones and Android devices it will no longer be possible to use the instant and centralized messaging app.
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The GizChina site points out that – after December 31, 2022 – there will be around 50 old devices no longer supported by WhatsApp. Among the phones no longer supported are the iPhone 5 (presented in 2012) and the iPhone 5c (presented in 2013) but this choice is not surprising since WhatsApp no longer supports very old versions of iOS (and on iPhone 5 and iPhone 5c, at most runs iOS 10) and the minimum requirement is the presence of iOS 12.
Android 4.1 Lollipop or iOS 12 are the two “limit” operating systems on which it is still possible to run the app. Among the Samsung devices that will no longer be able to run the instant messaging app are: Samsung Galaxy Ace 2, Samsung Galaxy Core, Samsung Galaxy S2, Samsung Galaxy S3 mini, Samsung Galaxy Trend II, Samsung Galaxy Trend Lite and Samsung Galaxy Xcover 2 Then there are several Huawei and LG devices, the HTC Desire 500, Lenovo A820 and LG Optimus, for a grand total of 49 models.
WhatsApp explains: “We currently support and recommend the use of the following devices: Android running OS 4.1 and above, iPhone running iOS 12 and above, KaiOS 2.5.0 and above, including JioPhone and JioPhone 2.” And again: “Devices and software are subject to frequent changes, therefore we periodically review which operating systems we support and perform the necessary updates.
To decide when to discontinue support, like all other companies in the technology sector, every year we look at which devices and software are older and have the fewest users. These devices may not have the latest security updates, or may not have the functionality required to run WhatsApp.