Some WhatsApp enthusiasts may have reason to be concerned, as their phones may no longer run the WhatsApp application as of January 1, 2021.
Some of the affected phones include iPhones and Android smartphones.
According to the company, the move is to withdraw its support for older versions of the operating system (OS) starting next year, noting that various Android and iOS phones may no longer be able to run the app in the future.
Information published by WhatsApp says that the company will only be compatible with phones running Android 4.0.3 or newer operating system, as well as iPhones running on iOS 9 and newer devices.
By implication, WhatsApp said that iPhone models up to iPhone 6 will begin to lose support for the messaging platform as of January 1, 2021.
He listed the affected mobile phones as: iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPhone 5S, iPhone 6, and iPhone 6S.
Others in the Android category are: HTC Desire, Motorola Droid Razr, LG Optimus Black, and the Samsung Galaxy S2 will lose WhatsApp support when 2020 ends.
However, he explained that the instant messaging platform will keep the app running for select phones running KaiOS 2.5.1 or newer, including JioPhone and JioPhone 2.
To check which operating system on the iPhone case is running, go to the Settings menu, then General and Information, Software option and users will be able to see the operating system that particular iPhone is running.
Similarly, for Android users, go to Settings, then About phone to see which version of Android your smartphone is running on. In the meantime, below are some of the phones that would lose WhatsApp support as of January 1, 2021: Apple iPhone 1-4; Samsung Galaxy s2; HTC Desire; LG Optimus Black; Motorola Droid Razr; Any Android released before 2010. These phones will need to be updated to at least iOS 9 or Android OS 4.0.3: Apple iPhone 4S; iPhone 5; Iphone 5s; Iphone 6; iPhone 6S; Samsung Galaxy s3; Samsung Galaxy Note; HTC Sensation; HTC Thunderbolt; LG Lucid; Motorola Droid 4 and other newer devices. Other phones that need to be updated include: Samsung Galaxy S2; HTC Desire; Motorola Droid Razr; LG Optimus Black and any Android released before 2010.