WhatsApp has warned that it will drop support for iOS 10 and iOS 11 devices later this year, meaning iPhone 5 and 5c owners will need to find an alternative way to use the app. Meanwhile, those with newer phones may need to update to a newer version of iOS.
wabetainfo.com was the first site to report the plan, which was corroborated by information on the WhatsApp support site. He explains: “We currently support and recommend using the following devices: Android with OS 4.1 and newer; iPhone with iOS 12 and later; KaiOS 2.5.0 and later, including JioPhone and JioPhone 2”.
Despite what it says on the support page, owners of iOS 10 and 11 devices can still use WhatsApp, but have started receiving warnings that they must “update to the latest version of iOS to continue using WhatsApp.” These messages indicate that the change is scheduled for October 24. From then on, anyone running an older version of iOS will not be able to use WhatsApp.
The move, or something similar involving just iOS 10, was rumored late last year, but it ultimately didn’t happen. But WhatsApp has evidently decided that it needs to act this year. “To choose what to stop supporting, every year, like other technology companies, we look at which devices and software are the oldest and have the fewest people still using them,” he explains in the support article. “These devices may not have the latest security updates or may lack the necessary functionality to run WhatsApp.”
Even if you’re not currently running iOS 12 or later, you can likely upgrade your iPhone to something newer. The problem arises if you have an iPhone 5 or 5c, as these phones cannot install iOS 12. They are quite old, so if WhatsApp is essential for you, it might be worth buying a new iPhone.