WhatsApp will stop working on some Samsung phones by year’s end

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Last updated: September 7th, 2021 at 21:38 UTC+02:00

WhatsApp is dropping support for older mobile OS versions, including Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich, meaning that several Samsung Galaxy smartphones will no longer be compatible with WhatsApp. Support will be dropped beginning November 1.

WhatsApp will reportedly cease to function with Android and Galaxy smartphones running Ice Cream Sandwich (4.0.4) or older versions of Android OS.

Is your Samsung phone on the list?

Thankfully, there aren’t many Galaxy smartphones left out there that still run Ice Cream Sandwich or older versions. Even the original Galaxy Note got updated to Android Jelly Bean many years ago, so in case you’re still rocking the original S Pen flagship, you’ll still be able to use WhatsApp, at least for a while longer.

Galaxy smartphone owners among us who may be affected by this news and won’t replace their phones by November 1 will no longer be able to use the WhatsApp mobile app. Even if you use WhatsApp Web on your computer, you’d still need the phone version in order to use the browser-based version.

Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich was released nearly ten years ago, in October 2011. Most Samsung customers have upgraded their smartphones at least once since, but if you count yourself among those who haven’t, we’d love to learn about your experience in recent years. Feel free to leave a comment below.

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