WhatsApp will stop working on a number of old smartphones from the 1st of November 2021.

Millions of people depend on WhatsApp to communicate with their friends, loved ones and colleagues for work.

And in the next two weeks, those with older smartphones will not be able to use the app.


Affected users will need to either update their software or buy a new phone.

More than 40 different smartphone models are expected to be affected.

According to The Sun, for Android users, you’ll need to be running Android 4,1 or older and for iPhone users, you’ll need to be on iOS 10 or older.

A lot of popular Android phones will lose access, including the Samsung Galaxy S3 and the Huawei Ascend Mate.

WhatsApp will stop working on these smartphones

For Apple, it’s an iPhone 4 or older.

And if you’ve never updated your iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S Plus or iPhone SE (2016), you’ll lose access until you update.

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The deadline for the update is 1 November, after which point WhatsApp will stop working.



  • iPhone 6S plus
  • iPhone SE
  • iPhone 4 or older


  • Galaxy Trend II
  • Galaxy SII
  • Galaxy S3 mini
  • Galaxy Xcover 2
  • Galaxy Core
  • Galaxy Ace 2


  • Optimus F7
  • Optimus F5
  • Optimus L3 II Dual
  • Optimus F5
  • Optimus L5
  • 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


  • Grand X Quad V987
  • Grand Memo


  • Xperia Neo L
  • Xperia Arc S


  • Ascend Mate
  • Ascend D Quad XL
  • Ascend D1 Quad XL
  • Ascend P1 S
  • Ascend D2

Other smartphones

  • Archos 53 Platinum
  • HTC Desire 500
  • Caterpillar Cat B15
  • Wiko Cink Five
  • Wiko Darknight
  • Lenovo A820
  • UMi X2
  • Run F1
  • THL W8
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