As Google and Apple annually update their operating systems, older smartphones no longer receive updates and as such, certain applications stop working, mainly for security reasons. In the case of WhatsApp, as of May 31, about 20 models will no longer be able to access the application, as they are excluded from the minimum requirements updated by the social network. whatsapp phone
Thus, only devices with Android 4.1 or higher and in the case of Apple, only iOS 10 or higher . Also KaiOS 2.5 or higher operating system are supported, including JioPhone and JioPhone 2 as mentioned on WhatsApp support page .
The company says that the equipment and software are updated frequently, so it regularly reviews which versions of the operating systems it supports and makes adjustments. “Every year, like any company in the technology sector, we review older devices and software with fewer users. These devices may also not have the latest security updates or may not have the functionality needed to run WhatsApp”.
In this sense, several smartphone models, between iOS and Android operating systems, will stop working as of May 31 . See the list of affected models:
- Galaxy Trend Lite
- Galaxy Trend II
- Galaxy S3mini
- Galaxy Xcover 2
- Galaxy Core
- Galaxy Ace 2
- Lucid 2
- optimus f7
- optimus f5
- Optimus L3II Dual
- optimus f5
- Optimus L5II
- Optimus L5 Dual
- Optimus L3II
- Optimus L7II Dual
- Grand S Flex
- ZTE V956
- Grand X Quad V987
- grand memo
- iPhone 6s
- iPhone SE
To check the Android OS version, open the settings, enter System and System Update. The smartphone will look for the latest version or “About Phone” option, see the Android version listed.
On iOS, access the General area of the smartphone’s settings and inside, click on the information option that appears at the top. Search by software version to access the necessary information. whatsapp phone
WhatsApp may soon let you leave groups silently whatsapp phone
One of WhatsApp’s most frustrating sides is alerting all users in a group when you decide to quit one. So yes, if you plan to leave a family group, everyone will get a little note saying you have left, which can be awkward at times. The problem is not limited to WhatsApp and is seen on other instant messaging apps as well. However, that could soon change. WhatsApp is reportedly working on a new feature that will allow users to discreetly exit unwanted groups.
As per WABetaInfo, the feature is currently under development and will be coming to a future update of the app. With the new feature, when a users leaves a group, only group admins will be notified of the exit. Other users will not be alerted.
A screenshot also reveals how the exit prompt will look to users. Check it out below.
The feature has currently been spotted in WhatsApp Desktop beta, but is very likely to also come to WhatsApp beta for Android and iOS later on. As with most features in testing, this one should also come to all devices with WhatsApp when a stable update rolls out, perhaps in a couple of months.