If you are using WhatsApp on an old phone, you may soon be unable to access the messaging app. In question, an update that will make the service inaccessible.
If you have an iPhone released by Apple before 2013, you may no longer be able to use the WhatsApp application on your device.
In question, an update of this messaging system, in order to update it and add new features. Do not panic, however, if you are concerned, you still have time to see it coming.
WhatsApp will no longer work on Iphones 5 and 5C
Consequently, at Apple, Iphones 5 and 5C will no longer be able to support the application, since IOS 12 is not available on these devices. After dropping Iphones that ran IOS 9 in October 2021, Whatsapp continues with updates.
To justify this incompatibility of the application with the operating systems mentioned above, WhatsApp considers that these models are used too little. “Users wishing to continue using WhatsApp will therefore have to buy newer iPhones or switch to Android”, advises Fred, tech youtuber on Twitter.
Here is finally the list of Android and iOS devices that will no longer have WhatsApp from May 31, 2022
A drastic measure
The green-logoed messaging app owned by Meta Group (Facebook) is currently used by more than two billion daily. This makes it one of the most popular instant messaging apps in the world. The firm also continues to expand its service by adding new features to its application. It also makes it more playful in conversations.
A next update brought by the Californian firm, however, may cause cringe. Indeed, from May 31, 2022, a certain number of mobile terminals will no longer be compatible with WhatsApp services. This blacklist concerns both devices running on Android or iOS (iPhone).
Here is a non-exhaustive list of smartphone models that will no longer be compatible with WhatsApp from May 31:
- Apple iPhone 5S
- Apple iPhone 5C
- Apple iPhone SE first generation (update required)
- Archos 53 Platinum
- Caterpillar Cat B15
- Faea F1
- HTC Desire 500
- Huawei Ascend D2
- Huawei Ascend G740
- Huawei Ascend Mate
- Lenovo A820
- LG Enact
- LG Lucid 2
- 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 L5II
- LG Optimus L5 II Dual
- LG Optimus L7 II
- LG Optimus L7 II Dual
- Samsung Galaxy Ace 2
- Samsung Galaxy Core
- Samsung Galaxy S3 mini
- Samsung Galaxy Trend II
- Samsung Galaxy Trend Lite
- Samsung Galaxy Xcover 2
- Sony Xperia M
- THL W8
- Wiko Cink Five
- Wiko Dark Night
- ZTE Grand Memo
- ZTE Grand S Flex
- ZTE Grand X Quad v987
- ZTE V956 – UMi X2
How do you know if your phone is affected by this incompatibility?
If your precious runs on the operating system of Alphabet (Google), go to the settings of your smartphone. Check system information, enter update and system menu. If the Android version of your device is 4.1 or lower, it’s time to buy a new phone to continue enjoying WhatsApp.
If you have an iPhone, check your operating system version. If you are still on the tenth iteration of iOS (iOS10) or lower. Your precious is no longer compatible with the messaging app.
System updates can be a solution
If it turns out that your phone has a version that is not compatible with the application, you will receive a notification when opening it.
“WhatsApp will stop supporting this version of iOS after October 24, 2022,” reads iOS devices that will no longer be compatible.
So, if your device is running on versions later than Android 4.1 or iOS 11, see if you can update your phone or tablet so it can run on a newer version. If your device can run on iOS 12 or Android 5.0 or above, upgrade it to enjoy your WhatsApp app. Note in passing that the messaging service is available on browser in case you cannot update your device.
The reasons for this change
WhatsApp did not give an explanation for this decision. However, support for these older versions of iOS and Android can be explained by obvious compatibility and security reasons. These old platforms are surely not powerful enough and less secure for the application.
Indeed, speaking of which, it turns out that the platform has just integrated new more or less interesting features. This concerns the multi-device mode, its stories system or even an option that allows you to leave a conversation on the sly.
On the security side, this change is a little more surprising, when we know that Telegram, a similar platform and competitor to that of Meta, still works on iOS 9.
Beware of this change if you install iOS 15.5 on your iPhone
Following these announcements, Apple has also decided to block the upgrade to iOS 15.4.1 for all those who would have installed the following version. Nothing surprising, since this practice is common to each update of the operating system for iPhone. But if you encounter a bug with iOS 15.5, then it is now impossible for you to solve it by rolling back.
For the sake of security
Why Apple works like this, no one knows at the moment. Nevertheless, it goes without saying that having the latest stable version of iOS is essential for security reasons. In fact, the developer regularly fixes bugs potentially exposing your personal data to hackers. Better to protect yourself as much as possible.
This strategy is also a way of fight against jailbreak, which Apple does not like at all. Finally, we can imagine that Cupertino also takes the opportunity to force our hand by adopting its latest modifications, to its advantage. If a new feature is out and the publisher wants to quickly get mass feedback on it, it is indeed more obvious to impose it on users.
Better statistics than the competition
The blocking of reverting to older versions is also a blessing for iOS adoption statistics, since these quickly exceed 90%. To compare, Google does much less well with Android since its eleventh edition was only running on a quarter of compatible mobiles towards the end of 2021.
And you, do you always install the most recent version of iOS or do you prefer to wait to avoid encountering a technical problem that has not yet been resolved? This is what many prefer on Mac for security, especially when the machine acts as a workstation. Indeed, some bugs are regularly reported there even after several betas.
This hidden setting can boost call quality on iPhone and Mac
Slightly unnoticed, the “Voice Isolation” feature can significantly improve the audio quality of calls on certain applications. Available on iPhone, iPad and Mac since the deployment of iOS 15 and macOS Monterey, this function is not highlighted enough by Apple and is not automatically activated during exchanges.
In other words, if you didn’t know it, it’s unlikely that you discovered it by chance… and therefore that you used it to talk to your family or colleagues on FaceTime, Slack, WhatsApp, Signal, or even Instagram, for example. We explain to you today how to use it.
AN INTERESTING AND PRACTICAL FUNCTIONALITY… BUT BADBORN
During a call, the “Voice isolation” feature can be accessed by bringing up the control center (by swiping from the top right corner of your iPhone / iPad, or by clicking on the corresponding menu in the menu bar of your Mac). You should then see the “Mic mode” tab appear at the top right of the control center: it is he who interests us. By clicking on it, you will see the different modes available, including the “Voice isolation” function which improves the audio quality of the exchanges.
As SamaGame sums it up, it’s more or less active noise canceling technology, but focused on your voice. Clearly, the microphones of your device will capture your sound environment to allow the OS to filter out parasitic background noise. Your voice then appears much clearer, and vice versa if your correspondent also activates this feature on their iPhone or Mac. It is thus reminiscent of the RTX Voice plugin, introduced two years ago by Nvidia on PC.
The “Voice Isolation” feature, however, has major shortcomings. Unavailable on some iPhone (iPhone 7, in particular), it does not work on all applications allowing voice or video calls. TikTok, for example, does not support it at all and Zoom only supports it on iOS.