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WhatsApp Will Stop Working On Millions Of Phones From Today

Rebecca Shepherd

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WhatsApp Will Stop Working On Millions Of Phones From Today

Over the next few days, WhatsApp will stop working for millions of people.

From 1 November (yes, that's today), certain users will no longer be able to use the messaging application. The only way around it if to upgrade their device or software (in some cases).

Credit: True Images/Alamy Stock Photo
Credit: True Images/Alamy Stock Photo

WhatsApp will stop working on certain Android and iOS phones, meaning users will no longer be able to access messages, photos and videos.


According to the app, the move is to keep things secure and safe for users, which means phasing out support for older phone models.

Instead of forking out on a new phone, some people will be able to complete a simple update.

Credit: EThamPhoto/Alamy Stock Photo
Credit: EThamPhoto/Alamy Stock Photo

The iPhone 6S is one of these as well as iPhone 6S Plus, iPhone SE (iPhone 5 and iPhone 6 variants).


If you have anything older than an iPhone 4S, you will have to get a new handset because the phones can't install the correct software.

If Apple users want to figure out how to update their software they can go to Settings > General > Software Update and find the version you're using. You're welcome.

When it comes to Android users, you'll need to be using Android 4.1 or later, according to The Sun.

The phones included are:

  • iPhone SE
  • iPhone 6S
  • iPhone 6S Plus
  • Galaxy Trend Lite
  • Galaxy Trend II
  • Galaxy SII
  • Galaxy S3 mini
  • Galaxy Xcover 2
  • Galaxy Core
  • Galaxy Ace 2
  • Lucid 2
  • Optimus F7
  • Optimus F5
  • Optimus L3 II Dual
  • Optimus F5
  • Optimus L5
  • Optimus Best L5 II
  • Optimus L5 Dual
  • Best L3 II
  • Optimus L7
  • Optimus L7 II Dual
  • Best L7 II
  • Optimus F6, Enact
  • Optimus L4 II Dual
  • Optimus F3
  • Best L4 II
  • Best L2 II
  • Optimus Nitro HD
  • Optimus 4X HD
  • Optimus F3Q
  • ZTE V956
  • Grand X Quad V987
  • Grand Memo
  • Xperia Miro
  • Xperia Neo L
  • Xperia Arc S
  • Alcatel
  • Ascend G740
  • Ascend Mate
  • Ascend D Quad XL
  • Ascend D1 Quad XL
  • Ascend P1 S
  • Ascend D2
  • Archos 53 Platinum
  • HTC Desire 500
  • Caterpillar Cat B15
  • Wiko Cink Five
  • Wiko Darknight
  • Lenovo A820
  • UMi X2
  • Run F1
  • THL W8
Stock image. Credit: True Images/Alamy Stock Photo
Stock image. Credit: True Images/Alamy Stock Photo

Earlier this year, WhatsApp users were asked to adhere and agree to a new privacy policy with anyone refusing being booted off the app.

The changes to the privacy policy include new sections on WhatsApp's new business messaging service, transactions and payments data, and location information.

Featured Image Credit: pumkinpie/Alamy Stock Photo

Topics: UK News, News, UK, whatsapp

Rebecca Shepherd
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