From January 2023, the well-known messaging app WhatsApp is set to stop functioning on older smartphones, prompting users to get an upgrade.
Forty-nine different brands, including the iPhone 5 and 5C, as well as some LG models, will be impacted by it. Users are expected to be notified of this change by the communication giant.
Addressing this issue, WhatsApp released a statement saying, “Devices and software change often, so we regularly review what operating systems we support and make updates. These devices also might not have the latest security updates, or might lack the functionality required to run WhatsApp.”
“To choose what to stop supporting, every year we, like other technology companies, look at which devices and software are the oldest and have the fewest number of people still using them,” the statement noted.
In October, WhatsApp experienced a glitch, making it inaccessible temporarily to thousands of users worldwide.