Older iOS and Android phone won’t support WhatsApp anymore

Got an old mobile phone? You might want to check if your WhatsApp application is still running.

The Facebook-owned messaging platform has dropped support for older versions of Android smartphones and Apple iPhones, effective January 2021.

Which Android phones and iPhones are affected?

On its website, WhatsApp confirmed that it provides support for the following devices: Android running OS 4.0.3 and newer; iPhone running iOS 9 and newer; and select phones running KaiOS 2.5.1 and newer, including JioPhone and JioPhone 2.

This means that the messaging service will no longer run on smartphones running on iOS 8 or older, as well as Android phones running on version 2.3.7 or older, according to a News 18 report. For iPhones, these include models up to iPhone 4—users of iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPhone 6, and iPhone 6S will need to update to iOS 9 to continue using WhatsApp.

In Android’s case, there’s not a lot of devices working o`n an Android operating system earlier than 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich—although models like HTC Desire, LG Optimus Black, Motorola Droid Razr, and the Samsung Galaxy S2 are affected by the update.

To check your mobile phone’s operating system, iPhone users can go to Settings > General > Information. Android users, meanwhile, can head over to Settings > About Phone to check out  which version their device is running on.

The news comes on the heels of WhatsApp rolling out its Payments feature in India, with support from banks like the State Bank of India (SBI), HDFC Bank, ICICI Bank, and Axis Bank. The service has been approved to go live by the National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) on the Unified Payment Interface (UPI) system—the country’s first, real-time payment system with more than 160 supported banks. This new feature enables WhatsApp users in India to link their bank accounts and debit card, and then transfer and receive money via the messaging service.

No WhatsApp? Not a problem with online games

For a country like India, which has been working towards becoming a digital-first nation, there is a need to keep up with the demand for connectivity especially as the lockdown continues amid the going COVID-19 lockdown. Updating one’s device to the latest operating system is a breeze, and some will even opt for getting a new phone—really, the need at the moment is for internet speed to keep up with the often-used platforms, such as news, social media and even casual entertainment sites and game platforms like 7Jackpots Casino.

Countries around the world are scrambling to provide better internet service, and India is falling behind. According to the Ookla Speedtest Global Index, India ranks 131st out of 138 countries when it comes to mobile internet speed, and 70th out of 175 nations for fixed broadband speed.

The good news is that India has “the highest 4G Availability among the largest South Asian countries during Q3 2020 with 93.7% of tested locations showing 4G available according to data from Speedtest coverage scans on Android.”

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