It became known that Facebook-owned WhatsApp messenger will stop working on some iPhones and Android smartphones from January 1, 2021. That is, the messenger will no longer be supported by some smartphones running on dated iOS and Android operating systems.

It concerns some device models, the operating system of which by this time will not be updated to iOS 9 or Android 4.0.3. First of all, the warning applies to owners of iPhone 4 and earlier models. Users of iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPhone 5S, iPhone 5C, iPhone 6, and iPhone 6S need to update their software to iOS 9 to continue using the messenger after the New Year, experts added.

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In addition, WhatsApp will stop working on smartphones running on an Android version earlier than 4.0.3 and below after midnight on January 1. This operating system appeared at the end of 2011 and was installed by default on smartphones from the second half of 2012. A few models run on an Android version earlier than 4.0.3, including Motorola Droid Razr, the Samsung Galaxy S2, HTC Desire, and LG Optimus Black.

WhatsApp ends support for older iOS and Android smartphones at the end of every year. Last year, the messenger ended support for smartphones running on iOS 8 or older, and Android phones running on version 2.3.7 or older.

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The app will warn users who need to upgrade.