WhatsApp will no longer work on these 43 smartphones come November.
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The ever-popular Facebook-owned messaging app, WhatsApp is a must-have app in many countries around the world.
Recently, the company announced that it will cease to operate on some 43 different smartphone models starting 1 November. This includes phones running iOS and Android.
Most of the smartphones on the list are old, they run Android 4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich) and iOS 9 or earlier.
Ok, maybe they are not that old. Although Android 4.0.4 was released in 2011 (that’s 10 years ago), iOS 9 was released in 2016 (only 5 years ago).
For those who are not sure what operating system, let alone the version of that operating system their smartphone is running, here is a list of smartphones that will no longer be compatible with WhatsApp starting in November.
The iPhone SE, 6S and 6S Plus.
The Samsung Galaxy Trend Lite, Galaxy Trend II, Galaxy SII, Galaxy S3 mini, Galaxy Xcover 2, Galaxy Core and Galaxy Ace 2.
The LG Lucid 2, Optimus F7, Optimus F5, Optimus L3 II Dual, Optimus F5, Optimus L5, Optimus L5 II, Optimus L5 Dual, Optimus L3 II, Optimus L7, Optimus L7 II Dual, Optimus L7 II, Optimus F6, Enact , Optimus L4 II Dual, Optimus F3, Optimus L4 II, Optimus L2 II, Optimus Nitro HD and 4X HD, and Optimus F3Q.
The ZTE Grand S Flex, ZTE V956, Grand X Quad V987 and Grand Memo.
The Huawei Ascend G740, Ascend Mate, Ascend D Quad XL, Ascend D1 Quad XL, Ascend P1 S, and Ascend D2.
The Sony Xperia Miro, Sony Xperia Neo L, Xperia Arc S.
The Alcatel One Touch Evo 7, Archos 53 Platinum, HTC Desire 500, Caterpillar Cat B15, Wiko Cink Five, Wiko Darknight, Lenovo A820, UMi X2, Faea F1 and THL W8.
What Can You Do?
If you are still using WhatsApp on one of the devices listed and you still want to keep all the conversations you have had, the first thing you would want to do is to backup your messages to Google Drive or iCloud, depending on what phone you are using.
Do not bother if you are planning to switch from an Android phone to an iPhone, or vice versa. You can still back it all up, but there’s no easy way to transfer your messages.
If you want a more secure alternative to WhatsApp, or just want a fresh start with messaging apps, try Signal. It is free, has no ads, no trackers, and it’s secure.
Also, don’t forget that your phone has the Messages app preinstalled.