WhatsApp stops working on many smartphones. Check here if your phone is included

Since this weekend, the popular WhatsApp messaging service no longer works on millions of outdated smartphones. Sorry, no more support: not broken, and yet your device must go into the dustbin.

These are Android devices and iPhones with outdated operating systems: phones that still use Android version 2.3.7 and older and iPhones that run on iOS 8 or older. According to WhatsApp, the intervention is necessary to protect the safety of its users, according to BBC reports.

Update

Most users will be able to escape the problem by simply updating their operating system. But some phones – such as the iPhone 4, which only supports iOS 7 – will no longer be compatible with the app. After all, those phones cannot install the new updates.

WhatsApp stops working on many smartphones. Check here if your phone is included

WhatsApp already warned about the procedure. “It was a difficult decision for us, but it was the right one,” says a spokesperson. Previously outdated models such as the iPhone 3G and 3GS were no longer supported.

Impact

“WhatsApp clearly has no other option if they want their service to remain safe,” said expert Ben Wood in a response to the BBC. “But this will have a disproportionately large impact in growth markets where there is currently a high percentage of older devices.”

The following phones are no longer supported:

  • iPhone 4
  • Sony Xperia Advance
  • Acer Liquid Z Duo Z110
  • Acer Liquid Z Z110
  • Lenovo K800
  • T-Mobile Concord
  • Sony Xperia U ST25a
  • Sony Xperia U ST25i
  • Samsung Galaxy S Lightray 4G SCH-R940
  • Yezz Andy 3G 4.0 YZ1120
  • Motorola Defy Pro XT560
  • Sony Xperia Go ST27a
  • Sony Xperia Go ST27i
  • Huawei Activa 4G M920
  • Motorola Atrix TV XT682
  • Sony Xperia ion 3G LT28h
  • Sony Xperia ion LTE LT28at
  • Sony Xperia ion LTE LT28i
  • Orange San Diego
  • Vodafone Smart II V860
  • Sony Xperia Sola MT27i
  • Samsung Galaxy S2 LTE GT-i9210T
  • Sony Xperia P LT22i
  • LG Optimus 3D Max P720
  • LG Optimus 3D Max P720H
  • LG Optimus 3D Max P725
  • LG Optimus Elite LS696
  • Sony Xperia acro HD SOI12
  • Xolo X900
  • Sony Xperia acro HD SO-03D
  • Sony Xperia S LT26i
  • LG Spectrum VS920
  • Motorola MotoLuxe XT615
  • HTC Velocity 4G
  • LG Prada 3.0 P940
  • Motorola Fire XT317
  • Motorola XT532
  • Samsung Galaxy S2 LTE GT-i9210

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