WhatsApp stops working on the phones of millions of users around the world

The WhatsApp application has stopped working on 49 smartphone models as of yesterday, leaving millions without the application, as users with old iPhones and Android devices will need to obtain an upgrade after December 31 in order to use the application at the beginning of the new year.

In total 49 models will be affected – including a number of Huawei, LG and Samsung phones, and the app has reportedly been programmed to issue an alert to those affected before the instant messaging service stops working.

WhatsApp management said: “Hardware and software change often, so we regularly review and make updates to the operating systems we support, and these devices may also not have the latest security updates, or they may lack the functions required to run WhatsApp.”

And she added, “To choose what to stop supporting, every year, like other technology companies, we look at the hardware and software that are older and still used by the fewest people. To update your iPhone’s operating system, go to General Settings and select Software Update.”

Full list of affected makes and models

Iphone 5

iPhone 5c

Archos 53 Platinum

Grand S Flex ZTE

ZTE Grand X Quad V987

HTC Desire 500

Huawei Ascend Dr

Huawei Ascend D1

Huawei Ascend D2

Huawei Ascend G740

Huawei Ascend Mate

Huawei Ascend P1

Lenovo A820

LG Enact

LG Lucid 2

LG Optimus 4X HD

LG Optimus F3 phone

LG Optimus F3Q phone

LG Optimus F5 phone

LG Optimus F6 phone

LG Optimus F7 phone

LG Optimus L2 II

LG Optimus L3 II

LG Optimus L3 II Dual

LG Optimus L4 II

LG Optimus L4 II Dual

LG Optimus L5

LG Optimus L5 II

LG Optimus L5 II Dual

LG Optimus L7

LG Optimus L7 II

LG Optimus L7 II Dual

LG Optimus Nitro HD

ZTE V956 Note

Quad XL

Samsung Galaxy Ace 2

Samsung Galaxy Core

Samsung Galaxy S2

Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini

Samsung Galaxy Trend II

Samsung Galaxy Trend Lite

Samsung Galaxy Xcover 2

Sony Xperia Arc S

Sony Xperia Miro

Sony Xperia New L

Wiko Sync Five

Wiko Darknight ZT

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