WhatsApp will stop working on these phones from 2023

2022 is coming to an end and it can be a problem for the least expected reason: the compatibility of your mobile with WhatsApp. It is that with the change of the year, several phone models will no longer be able to run the popular messaging application. This will force many to update their device; especially those who have been hooked on mobile for many years.

On December 31, the current minimum requirements to download and install WhatsApp on both iOS and Android will expire. Therefore, from January 1, 2023, some smartphones will definitely be obsolete.

This won’t be a problem for those using relatively new phones, of course. But let’s not forget that the Meta platform boasts of being compatible with both the latest generation equipment and those that already have several “battles” behind them.

As you can see, WhatsApp will still be available on phones up to a decade old. After all, Android 4.2 was released in October 2012; while iOS 12 is quite a bit newer (2018), but it’s wildly outdated compared to the features included in iOS 16.2, the most recent version of Apple’s software.

In the case of Android, after all, the phones on which WhatsApp will no longer be able to run from 2023 are the following.

List of phones

  • Samsung Galaxy Core;
  • Samsung Galaxy Trend Lite;
  • Samsung Galaxy Trend II;
  • Samsung Galaxy Ace 2;
  • Samsung Galaxy s3 Mini;
  • Samsung Galaxy X cover 2;
  • Huawei Ascend Mate;
  • Huawei Ascend G740;
  • Huawei Ascend D2;
  • Sony Xperia M;
  • Lenovo A820;
  • LG Optimus L3 II Dual;
  • LG Optimus L5 Dual;
  • LG Optimus L7 Dual;
  • LG Optimus F3;
  • LG Optimus F5;
  • LG Optimus F7;
  • LG Optimus F3Q;
  • LG Optimus L2 II;
  • LG Optimus L3 II;
  • LG Optimus L4 II;
  • LG Optimus L5 II;
  • LG Optimus L6;
  • LG Optimus L7 II;
  • LG Enact;
  • LG Lucid 2.

Debugging the list of compatible mobiles

If your phone doesn’t appear on this list, but it’s still running Android 4.1 and can’t be upgraded to a newer version, it won’t be able to run WhatsApp from 2023 either.

In the case of Apple, WhatsApp will stop working on devices that use versions prior to iOS 12.1.


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