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WhatsApp to Dump Some iOS Users on December 31.

iPhone 5 and iPhone 5C users will not be able to use WhatsApp on their devices starting January 1.

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Can’t wait to wish New Year to your family and loved ones on WhatsApp in the New Year? Stop and read this immediately. WhatsApp regularly rolls out updates and new features such as disappearing messages, voice and video calls.

However, as new features keep being added, older smartphones cannot handle the new software upgrades and become vulnerable to hacking. WhatsApp then drops support to these phones as they become obsolete and they can no longer use the app.


Now, WhatsApp just dropped a New Year bomb and said the app will stop working on over 50 devices on December 31. According to the information provided, iPhone 5 and iPhone 5C users will not be able to use WhatsApp on their devices starting January 1. The online messaging application will stop working on some versions of Android and iOS in order to let the company introduce certain functionality that may not work on old operating systems.

Back in October, WhatsApp had dropped the support for iOS 10 and iOS 11 meaning users on these firmwares could not update the WhatsApp to the latest version. Now, it is bad news for iPhone 5 and iPhone 5C users as they might have to find an alternative way of messaging.

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Other iPhone users can simply update their iOS firmware to continue using WhatsApp. To update your iOS version, go to Settings, tap on General and then tap on Software Update. If your device supports the latest firmware, it will automatically download the update.


However, if you’re an iPhone 5 and 5C user, it is bad news for you. WhatsApp will stop working on your iPhone soon and December 31 is the last date you can use the app.

Here is the full list of the affected phones:

  • Archos 53 Platinum
  • Grand S Flex ZTE
  • Grand X Quad V987 ZTE
  • HTC Desire 500
  • Huawei Ascend D
  • Huawei Ascend D1
  • Huawei Ascend D2
  • Huawei Ascend G740
  • Huawei Ascend Mate
  • Huawei Ascend P1
  • iPhone 5c
  • iPhone 5
  • Lenovo A820
  • LG Enact
  • LG Lucid 2
  • LG Optimus 4X HD
  • LG Optimus F3
  • LG Optimus F3Q
  • LG Optimus F5
  • LG Optimus F6
  • LG Optimus F7
  • LG Optimus L2 II
  • LG Optimus L3 II
  • LG Optimus L3 II Dual
  • LG Optimus L4 II
  • LG Optimus L4 II Dual
  • LG Optimus L5
  • LG Optimus L5 Dual
  • LG Optimus L5 II
  • LG Optimus L7
  • LG Optimus L7 II
  • LG Optimus L7 II Dual
  • LG Optimus Nitro HD
  • Memo ZTE V956
  • Quad XL
  • Samsung Galaxy Ace 2
  • Samsung Galaxy Core
  • Samsung Galaxy S2
  • Samsung Galaxy S3 mini
  • Samsung Galaxy Trend II
  • Samsung Galaxy Trend Lite
  • Samsung Galaxy Xcover 2
  • Sony Xperia Arc S
  • Sony Xperia miro
  • Sony Xperia Neo L
  • Wiko Cink Five
  • Wiko Darknight ZT


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