Although alternative chat services such as Telegram or Signal are gaining more and more users, WhatsApp is still the most popular messenger service. Around two billion people use the app worldwide.
According to the WABetaInfo blog, the company has now decided to stop supporting some devices. From October 24, 2022, certain operating systems will no longer be supported by the app.
In order to be able to continue using the messenger service, at least iOS 12 must be installed on iPhones. So far, iOS 10 was the minimum requirement.
Which models are affected?
Older iPhone devices in particular are affected by the support stop. Both the iPhone 5, released in 2012, and the iPhone 5C, released in 2013, will probably no longer be supported from autumn. Apple has not provided new iOS versions for these and older models for several years.
However, the messenger service can still be used on newer iPhones such as the iPhone 5S or the iPhone SE. And with Android devices, all devices running at least Android 4.1 will continue to be supported.
According to WhatsApp’s FAQ page, users will be informed in good time before support in the app is discontinued and advised to upgrade.
How can I continue to use WhatsApp?
Anyone using an iPhone 5 or older models will no longer be able to use the app on these devices from October 24th. But even on newer iPhones, users may have to carry out a system update in order to be able to continue using the messenger service.
The latest version of the operating system can be viewed and downloaded in the iPhone settings under “General” and “Software update”.