Users of some older iOS devices will no longer be able to support WhatsApp from October. The instant messaging app has said that it will be dropping support for iOS 11 and 10 unless devices update to newer software.

Many older Apple devices aren’t able to upgrade to the latest firmware due to their old age. The instant messaging app’s support page already states that the app is supported by iOS 12 and later.

Currently, Apple iPhone 5, Apple iPhone 5C and older iPhones are running iOS 11 or older versions. As a result, users of these devices will need to either upgrade or replace their iPhones with newer iPhones or Android devices.

The change will come into effect on 24 October, 2022, giving users some time to replace their current devices. With the expected release of the upcoming iPhone 14 on 7 September, it may be a good time for many to purchase newer Apple devices. For those users switching to the Android ecosystem, WhatsApp does provide support for transferring all account data including chat backups to your new Android OS device.

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