In a regular move of ditching the old platforms, WhatsApp today announced dumping support for iOS 10 and iOS 11 versions.
This means the iPhone 5 and 5C will soon be ignored by WhatsApp since Apple stopped supplying them with iOS updates after iOS 11. So if you’re using an iPhone that’s outdated (running below iOS 12), try updating it to the supported versions of iOS 12 or later. WhatsApp pushes this to ensure supporting new features.
Dumping WhatsApp on Older iPhones
Software companies that release new features often require updated hardware to work them as desired. So users are pushed to upgrade their devices frequently to experience new features and security measures implemented by OEMs.
WhatsApp is one such platform that asks users to update their devices to take advantage of their new features and security protocols. In this pursuit, the platform is ending support for iOS 10 and iOS 11 on October 24, 2022. This was reported by WaBetaInfo and later confirmed by WhatsApp by removing these iOS versions from it’s Help Center.
As per it, WhatsApp will be running only on iOS 12 and newer, Android 4.1 and newer, and KaiOS 2.5.0 and newer. This means the iPhone 5 and 5C will soon not be able to run WhatsApp since Apple stopped passing iOS updates to these phones.
Thus, only the iPhones running on iOS 12 or later iPhone 5S, iPhone 6 series, and later) will be able to run WhatsApp. If you’re running on any such unsupported versions, it’s recommended to upgrade to the latest OS version available. For iPhone, go to Settings > General > Software Update. And for Android, go to Settings > System Update (often found in About Device) > Check for Updates and update if anything is available.
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