Why WhatsApp Stopped Working on Lots of Phones and How to Fix It

WhatsApp recently dropped support for the next batch of older versions of iOS and Android. WhatsApp has cleary stated on it recently updated system requirements — your device must run at least iOS 10 or Android 4.1 to access WhatsApp after Nov. 1, 2021.

Some users can upgrade their phone’s Operating System (OS) to get back access to WhatsApp if you’ve been ignoring system upgrade notifications for a while.

If your Phone OS is longer supported — not receiving updates themselves, then it’s time to upgrade your phone.

Here are the full list of phones losing WhatsApp support starting today:


  • iPhone 6S
  • iPhone 6S Plus
  • iPhone SE (2016 edition)


  • Archos 53 Platinum
  • Ascend D Quad XL
  • Ascend D1 Quad XL
  • Ascend D2
  • Ascend G740
  • Ascend Mate
  • Ascend P1 S


  • Best L2 II
  • Best L3 II
  • Best L4 II
  • Best L5 II
  • Best L7 II
  • Lucid 2
  • Optimus F3
  • Optimus F3Q
  • Optimus F5
  • Optimus F6, Enact
  • Optimus F7
  • Optimus L3 II Dual
  • Optimus L4 II Dual
  • Optimus L5
  • Optimus L5 Dual
  • Optimus L7
  • Optimus L7 II Dual
  • Optimus Nitro HD
  • Optimus 4X HD


  • Galaxy Ace 2
  • Galaxy Core
  • Galaxy SII
  • Galaxy S3 mini
  • Galaxy Trend II
  • Galaxy Xcover 2


  • Xperia Arc S
  • Xperia Miro
  • Xperia Neo L


  • Grand Memo
  • Grand X Quad V987
  • ZTE V956


  • Alcatel
  • Caterpillar Cat B15
  • Lenovo A820
  • HTC Desire 500
  • Run F1
  • THL W8
  • UMi X2
  • Wiko Cink Five
  • Wiko Darknight

To know your OS compatibility, you can check your Android iPhone versions regularly and update when an upgrade is available. If there’s any update available under Settings > About Phone. iPhone users can do the same in Settings > General > Software Update.

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