On October 24, 2022, the new requirements in WhatsApp will come into force, which a smartphone must meet in order for WhatsApp to run. In recent weeks, users have been informed of upcoming changes via an in-app notice if their device is running an operating system that will no longer be supported as of October 24, 2022.
Effective immediately, support for versions of iOS 10 and 11 will end. This means that at least iOS 12 must be running on an iPhone in order to use Whatsapp.
Whatsapp support for these operating systems
Supported Android devices will remain unchanged from October 24, 2022. The minimum requirement that at least Android 4.1 must be installed on an Android smartphone in order to use Whatsapp still applies here. All iPhones from iOS 12 and all KaiOS devices from KaiOS 2.5.0, including JioPhone and JioPhone 2, are also supported.
Android 4.1 was released in the fall of 2012 and will be 10 years old this year. iOS 11 was released in 2017 and was later replaced by iOS 12 a year later.
“If you have one of these devices, you can install WhatsApp and register your phone number,” explains Whatsapp this support page. Basically, Whatsapp recommends that users always keep their smartphone and mobile operating system up to date. Every year, Whatsapp explains, look at the oldest devices and software used by the fewest users. Based on this, the list of devices and operating systems compatible with Whatsapp will be adjusted.