WhatsApp is soon planning to stop support for a few iOS devices, as the messaging app will no longer work with iPhones running iOS 10 and iOS 11 starting later this year.
Many users of the app reported that it was planning to stop support for iOS 10 and iOS 11 at the end of last year, but that didn’t happen then.
According to WABetaInfo , WhatsApp is now warning iPhone users using iOS 10 or iOS 11 that they need to update their iPhones in order to continue using the app after October 24.
The platform usually stops supporting some versions of Android and iOS, to allow the company to offer certain functions that may not work across older operating systems.
The official WhatsApp Help Center lists iOS 12 and later as supported and recommended operating systems.
A note posted within the center said: Update the latest version of iOS to continue using WhatsApp. The app stops supporting this version of iOS after October 24, 2022. Please go to Settings > General and tap Software Update to select the latest iOS version.
iPhone phones affected by the WhatsApp decision
In case you want to know which devices are running iOS 10 and iOS 11 nowadays, it is iPhone 5 and iPhone 5c.
With that in mind, users with these iPhones will not be able to use the app starting in October.
Owners of iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, or iPhone 6s running iOS 12 have no need to worry. The company continues to support them for the time being.
And in the WhatsApp Help Center, the company states that iPhone users need to use iOS 12 or later to continue using the app. While Android users, for example, need Android version 4.1 or later. And by updating to a recent iOS version, you can also take advantage of the latest security patches.
And while WhatsApp stops supporting these phones. But we’re two weeks away from WWDC 2022, when Apple should announce iOS 16.
Rumor has it that this operating system will not work on the original iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, and iPhone SE.