Several outlets reported this month that WhatsApp will stop working on certain older phones from January 2021. It might seem like credible news, WhatsApp had discontinued support for certain models in the past.
However, that isn’t the case this time around, as confirmed by WABetaInfo, a trusted source about WhatsApp news and updates.
WhatsApp is not dropping the support for older iPhones. It’s fake news.WABeta Info, Twitter, 22 December 2020.
Let’s clarify. The news is true, but the timeline is all wrong.
WHATSAPP WON’T SUSPEND SUPPORT FOR OLDER PHONES
Recent reports indicated that iPhones running on iOS 9 – such as the iPhone 4 and earlier models – would lose WhatsApp support in the new year. Anything from an iPhone 4S and newer would reportedly be safe.
Users were instructed to upgrade to iOS9 as soon as possible. However, unlike in the past when WhatsApp announced which devices would not receive updates any longer, the FB-owned hasn’t shared any announcement recently.
As we reported in December 2019, Whatsapp already dropped support for older phones at the start of 2020. The new version was only available on phones running on iOS 9 and Android 4.0.3 or newer since February 2020.
Billions of WhatsApp users have been living with this change for an entire year already. There really isn’t anything to be concerned about. Chill.
WHY IS THIS REPORTED AS ‘FACT’?
A quick look at WhatsApp official blog shows that the recent changes to the world’s biggest chat app include a new feature called Carts, and an announcement about ways in which users in India can send payments over WhatsApp.
WhatsApp initially said some phones would lose support in January 2021, but those changes have already been rolled out in 2020. WhatsApp amended its official statement on June 2019 to include the correct dates.