The instant messaging service WhatsApp will no longer support the application on operating systems of the Android 4 family – the messenger requires the Android 5.0 platform or newer released in 2014. The changes come into effect on October 24th.
Every year, WhatsApp administration reviews supported platforms and disables support for outdated operating systems with a minimum number of users. Devices running these operating systems may lack the latest security updates and features required for WhatsApp to function. Before support for devices is deactivated, their owners will receive notifications from Messenger.
Until October 24th, WhatsApp will work on devices with Android 4.1 and higher. From this point on, Android 4.1, 4.2, 4.3 and 4.4 users will lose access to the application – according to some estimates, the number of such devices today exceeds 1 million. With the release of 2023, WhatsApp will no longer work on the iPhone 5/5c and several dozen outdated Android smartphones.