WhatsApp is no longer pushing updates for older phones, so those who have held onto these older models may have noticed their app stopped working.
The app developers announced that those with software older than iOS9 and Android 4.0.3 will be impacted by this freeze. The only solution is to pay up for a new phone as WhatsApp has indicated there will be no patch or lifeline for these phones in the near future either.
A great way to figure out if you’re one of these unlucky few is checking which software you have running on your phone and if you can update it.
You can do that on an iPhone by going to Settings > General > Software update to see what software you’re running. If you have an Android phone, you’ll be able to find it in your Settings, and it’ll likely be under a section called About Phone.
Overall the phones most likely to be affected by the cut-off are:
- iPhone 1
- iPhone 3G
- iPhone 3GS
- iPhone 4
- Motorola Droid Racer
- Samsung Galaxy S2
- HTC Desire
- LG Optimus Black
If you’re struggling with WhatsApp but don’t have either the above software running or these older models, consider deleting and re-downloading as it is likely to be a completely different issue.