Popular messaging app, WhatsApp has announced that it is removing support for many of old Android and iOS models from 1 November, meaning users will no longer be able to send messages and photos.
From 1 November, 43 smartphone models – both Android and iOS – will lose the ability to send messages and photos or make video calls using the encrypted messaging service.
Smartphone models with Android 4.0.4 or earlier installed will become incompatible with WhatsApp and iPhones with iOS 9 or earlier installed.
This means the following phone models will lose access to the app:
- Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini, Trend II, Trend Lite, Core, Ace 2
- LG Optimus F7, F5, L3 II Dual, F7 II, F5 II
- Sony Xperia
- Huawei Ascend Mate and Ascend D2
- Apple iPhone SE, 6S, and 6S Plus
Facebook-owned WhatsApp has added tons of new features this year – such as disappearing messages, joinable group calls, and stickers.
According to the statement, WhatsApp claimed it is phasing out support for these older phones to ensure the app still runs securely.