Al-Marsad newspaper: The “WhatsApp” application will soon stop working on more than 50 phone models, blocking access to messaging services and sharing photos and videos in the platform.
WhatsApp will stop working on 53 phone models over the next few weeks. The platform – used by nearly two billion people around the world – updates its operating systems every year.
Smartphones will stop supporting WhatsApp if their operating systems are too old. For Android phone users, WhatsApp will stop working on models with Android 4.0.4 or earlier.
iPhones will stop running the app if they have iOS 9 or earlier versions of the software, and without an update, these specific Android models will stop supporting the app after November 1st:
Galaxy Trend Lite
Galaxy Trend II
Galaxy S3 Mini
Galaxy Xcover 2
Galaxy Ace 2
Optimus L3 II Dual
Best L5 II
Optimus L5 Dual
Best L3 II
Optimus L7 II Dual
Best L7 II
Optimus F6, Enact
Optimus L4 II Dual
Best L4 II
Best L2 II
Optimus Nitro HD
Optimus 4X HD
Grand X Quad V987
Xperia New L
Xperia Arc S
Ascend D Quad XL
Ascend D1 Quad XL
Ascending P1 S.
Archos 53 Platinum
HTC Desire 500
Caterpillar Cat B15
Wiko Sync Five
Wiko Dark Night
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People who use three specific iPhone models will have to make sure their phones are up to date or risk losing access to WhatsApp. They include:
• iPhone SE
• iPhone 6S
• iPhone 6S Plus
How to update your Android phone to the latest operating system
People who own an Android phone and want to continue using WhatsApp after November 1, can update it by following several steps.
First, they will need to connect their devices to a reliable wifi signal.
Next, open the Settings tab and select About Phone, which should have the option to Check for Updates when a new operating system is available.
All they have to do is click on the “Install now” or “Install overnight” option.
How to update “iPhone” to the latest operating system
Updating an iPhone is quite simple, but people need to keep their phones plugged in.
Users need to open the Settings tab, then click General and Software Update.
They may have more than one option available, from which they can choose or install together.
iPhones also come with an option to allow automatic updates. This option can be found by reopening the Software Update tab in Settings.
They can turn on automatic updates by clicking on the option there and selecting the toggles “Download iOS updates” and “Install iOS updates.”
Clicking it will allow automatic updates, but some changes may require manual installation.
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