WhatsApp Discontinues Support for Several Smartphones on Dec 31

    WhatsApp from December 31, will no longer be supported on a variety of smartphone models from manufacturers such as Apple and Samsung.

    This means that users of these devices will no longer receive new features or security updates from the instant messaging application. A total of 49 smartphone models will be affected by this change.

    If your mobile device is on this list, you will need to upgrade to a newer model in order to continue using WhatsApp.

    Which devices will be affected? by WhatsApp Decision

    WhatsApp will no longer be supported on a variety of smartphone models from manufacturers such as Apple and Samsung. This means that after the specified date, users of these devices will no longer be able to receive updates from WhatsApp, including new features and security patches, and eventually the service will stop functioning for them.

    It’s worth noting that most of the devices on the list are older models that are probably only used by a very small number of people. Therefore, the majority of smartphone users worldwide should not be concerned about the termination of support.

    Full list of devices due to WhatsApp Decision to cease Support

    Here is the full list of 29 smartphone models, as first reported by GizChina, on which WhatsApp will end its support:

    Apple iPhone 5
    Apple iPhone 5c
    Archos 53 Platinum
    Grand S Flex ZTE
    Grand X Quad V987 ZTE
    HTC Desire 500
    Huawei Ascend D
    Huawei Ascend D1
    Huawei Ascend D2
    Huawei Ascend G740
    Huawei Ascend Mate
    Huawei Ascend P1
    Quad XL
    Lenovo A820
    LG Enact
    LG Lucid 2
    LG Optimus 4X HD
    LG Optimus F3
    LG Optimus F3Q
    LG Optimus F5
    LG Optimus F6
    LG Optimus F7
    LG Optimus L2 II
    LG Optimus L3 II
    LG Optimus L3 II Dual
    LG Optimus L4 II
    LG Optimus L4 II Dual
    LG Optimus L5
    LG Optimus L5 Dual
    LG Optimus L5 II
    LG Optimus L7
    LG Optimus L7 II
    LG Optimus L7 II Dual
    LG Optimus Nitro HD
    Memo ZTE V956
    Samsung Galaxy Ace 2
    Samsung Galaxy Core
    Samsung Galaxy S2
    Samsung Galaxy S3 mini
    Samsung Galaxy Trend II
    Samsung Galaxy Trend Lite
    Samsung Galaxy Xcover 2
    Sony Xperia Arc S
    Sony Xperia miro
    Sony Xperia Neo L
    Wiko Cink Five
    Wiko Darknight ZT

    If you want to continue using WhatsApp and receive updates, including new features and security patches, you may need to upgrade your smartphone. WhatsApp has announced that it will no longer support a variety of smartphone models from manufacturers such as Apple and Samsung as of December 31.

    If your device is on the list of impacted models, you will need to purchase a newer model in order to continue using the messaging application. To determine if your device is on the list, you can check the full list of impacted models that has been published by WhatsApp or consult with the manufacturer of your device.

    2022 was WhatsApp biggest year yet. Their team has build Communities, Reactions, Polls, Avatars, 32-person video calling and so much more.

    New Features on WhatsApp

    We’ve introduced new features for better connecting as a group on calls:

    32 person calls: Just like with voice calls, you can now do video calls on your mobile with up to 32 people, four times the number of people than before
    Message or mute call participants: Long pressing on a participant will enlarge the video or audio feed and allow you to either mute or message them separately while keeping the calls going

    Call links: Whether making a last minute call or planning ahead, you can easily invite people to a group call by sharing a call link
    We’ve also made design changes for a more seamless calling experience:

    Colorful waveforms: Now you can easily see who is speaking if their camera is off

    In-call banner notifications: See when someone new joins a group call

    Picture in Picture on iOS: Now in beta testing and rolling out in the new year, easily multitask while on a call thanks to a minimized in-call video screen

    As always, all calls on WhatsApp are end-to-end encrypted by default to protect people’s privacy and safety.

    We’ll keep making improvements next year as we continue supporting high quality, private calling on WhatsApp wherever you are in the world.


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