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By the end of 2019 and early 2020, WhatsApp put an end to its support for devices running on iOS 8 or older, and Android devices that were running on version 2.3.7 or older.

Similarly, with the nearing end of 2020, Whatsapp, a Facebook-owned messaging application has once again announced a list of outdated iOS and Android phones that will be cut short of any further support.


According to the WhatsApp support page, any device below “iOS 9 or Android 4.0.3 operating systems will not receive further support and users will lose the use of the application unless updated to the recommended OS”.

Though there may not be many devices that are running on lower operating systems than the above-mentioned iOS 9 or Android 4.0.3, it is still important to know which smartphones will be losing complete endorsement from the application.

All Apple devices up to the iPhone 4 will be losing support as well as users of iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPhone 5S, iPhone 6, and iPhone 6S if not updated to iOS 9 or higher.

As in the case of  Android devices, an operating system of Android 4.0.3 or higher is required to use the application. Also, devices such as the HTC Desire, LG Optimus Black, Motorola Droid Razr, and the Samsung Galaxy S2 will lose the support of WhatsApp. However, this may also come with exceptions as older devices with patch updates may still be able to enjoy the whole benefit of the popular texting and video calling application.

Here is a step-by-step guide on how to find out about your current operating system:

For iPhone Users –

  • Go To Settings > General>Information

For Android users –

  • Go To Settings > About Phone

For any further assistance with regards to the information above, feel free to leave a comment. Also, find out more about WhatsApp’s rollout of its easy payment and the security risks.


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