WhatsApp, the Facebook-owned messaging app, is updating its software requirements and as such has announced that some iPhones will need to upgrade to higher versions in order to remain compatible with its service.
As reported by The Guardian, the firm disclosed that it is blocking its support for a number of older devices beginning from November 1.
It noted that iPhones users who bought their devices before 2016 will have to upgrade them to at least iOS 10.
Moreover, Businessinsider has it that the app will only be compatible with devices running on KaiOS 2.5.1 or above, which include the JioPhone and JioPhone 2.
Below is a list of iPhones that can be upgraded to keep using WhatsApp:
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- iPhone 5
- iPhone 5C
- iPhone 5S
- iPhone 6
- iPhone 6 Plus
- iPhone SE (1st-gen)
- iPhone 6S
- iPhone 6S Plus
- iPhone 7
- iPhone 7 Plus
- iPhone 8
- iPhone 8 Plus
- iPhone X
- iPhone XR
- iPhone XS
- iPhone XS Max
- iPhone 11
- iPhone 11 Pro
- iPhone 11 Pro Max
- iPhone SE (2nd-gen)
Full list of phones that will be blocked by WhatsApp from November 2021
Meanwhile, it was reported that more than 50 phones would not be able to use or download WhatsApp, a major social media platform owned by Facebook, starting from November 2021.
According to a report, the site was claiming that phasing out support for older models of phones - iPhone and Android, can help keep the app secure.
However, the publication disclosed that phone users can update their Android and iOS versions to at least 4.1 to be able to enjoy the service, Daily Advent added.
These phones range from Samsung, Huawei, and many more.
Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp services shut down in major outage
Earlier, the services of the three global social media platforms, WhatsApp, Instagram and Facebook had all gone down in a major outage.
The social media apps owned by Facebook Inc and run on shared infrastructure all completely stopped working shortly before 5pm on Monday, October 4.
In what appeared to be a global shutdown, Legit.ng notes that the three apps also stopped working in Nigeria around the same time.