WhatsApp regularly updates its platforms with new features and security fixes to improve the user experience, privacy, and security. All WhatsApp versions, including Android, iOS, and the web, receives new system updates almost every month to adapt to newer operating systems. But with new updates for newer operating systems, WhatsApp also removes support for older or outdated operating systems so that it can focus on developing new technologies.
In a recent announcement, WhatsApp stated that it will end support for smartphones running on Android OS version 4.1 and older after October 24.
Here is a list of some popular smartphones running on Android OS version 4.1 and older:
- Nexus 7 (upgradable to Android 4.2)
- Samsung Galaxy Note 2
- HTC One
- Sony Xperia Z
- LG Optimus G Pro
- Samsung Galaxy S2
- Samsung Galaxy Nexus
- HTC Sensation
- Motorola Droid Razr
- Sony Xperia S2
- Motorola Xoom
- Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1
- Asus Eee Pad Transformer
- Acer Iconia Tab A5003
- Samsung Galaxy S
- HTC Desire HD
- LG Optimus 2X
- Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc3
Meanwhile, if you are unsure whether your smartphone runs on Android OS version 4.1 and older, you can check the settings menu on your device. Go to Settings > About phone > Software information. Your Android version will be listed under the Version category.
Here is the list of devices which will continue to support WhatsApp after October 24.
- Android OS version 5.0 and newer
- iPhone running iOS 12 and newer
- KaiOS 2.5.0 and newer, including JioPhone and JioPhone 2
Additionally, WhatsApp requires users to have a phone number that can receive SMS or calls in order to verify their account. It notes that the platform do not allow users to create new accounts on devices that only have Wi-Fi access.