WhatsApp ends support for older devices every year. This includes smartphones running dated versions of Android and iOS. This time too, WhatsApp will reported end support for Android and iOS phones in 2021.
WhatsApp presently supports smartphones running Android 4.3 or more older, and iOS 9 or more older. As per a report by News18, WhatsApp will retire these Android and iOS versions. This implies that phones running Android 4.3 or below, and iOS 9 or below will no longer be able to support WhatsApp. An official announcement from WhatsApp is yet to be released.
Recently in February, WhatsApp ends support for phones running Android variant 2.3.7 and more older, and iOS 8 and more older. The equivalent is expected to take place in early 2021 with WhatsApp removing one more Android and iOS version from its support.
Android 4.3 is very old, and goes back to 2012 when it was launched. Apple released iOS 9 in 2015. The most recent working operating system versions are Android 11 and iOS 14. The users group these older Android and iOS versions will most likely be small but it will still affect that number of users. Also considering the fact that WhatsApp is the most popular messaging app globally.
WhatsApp is yet to announced in the event that it will end support for these Android devices and iPhones. But it would be a good time to check if you’re still using an old phone that’s running on Android 4.3 or iOS 9. You can do this by going to Settings > General > About to see the software version on iPhones. Android users can also check the ‘About Phone’ section under the settings menu.