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WhatsApp will stop working on these smartphones at the end of March

As usually happens from time to time, WhatsApp has updated the privacy policies of its application. With the arrival of new measures, certain disadvantages also tend to come, and that is that the service stops its support for some smartphone models. Now, the company has published a list of devices that will run out of WhatsApp at the end of this month. Is your mobile one of them?

To be specific, WhatsApp will leave 19 models without service as of next March 31. The owners of these terminals who wish to continue using WhatsApp will have what to count on Android 4.1, As a minimum. In the case of iPhones, the requirement is iOS 10 onwards. For this reason, although some apple teams are on the list, they should be safe as long as they are updated to their latest version.

WhatsApp will stop working on these smartphones at the end of March
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Mobiles that are left without WhatsApp

The list is made up of 19 devices in total, some more recent than others. Note that some of them, such as iPhones, can maintain support only by updating their operating system to the latest version available.

  • Samsung Galaxy Trend Lite
  • Samsung Galaxy s3 Mini
  • Samsung Galaxy Xcover 2
  • Samsung Galaxy Core
  • LG Lucid 2
  • LG Optimus F7
  • LG Optimus L3 II Dual
  • LG Optimus L4II
  • LG Optimus L2II
  • LG Optimus F3Q
  • LG Optimus L3 II Dual E435
  • ZTE Grand S Flex
  • ZTE V956
  • Sony Xperia M
  • Huawei Ascend G740
  • Huawei Ascend Mate
  • Huawei Ascend D2
  • iPhone 6S
  • iPhone SE
  • iPhone 6SPlus

Changes in WhatsApp policy and how it affects users

Also, WhatsApp has published some changes to your privacy policy. As reported, those accounts that remain inactive for 120 days in a row. For this reason, if you want to keep your user in the service, you will have to send at least one message sporadically to one of your contacts during that time window.

Another of the applied changes directly affects those who use modified versions of WhatsApp. As announced by Meta, those people who modify the app; either to add extra features or customize it, will see their accounts canceled. This also applies to those who have two simultaneous numbers on the same mobile. In case of incurring any of these activities, your access to the messaging service will be canceled eventually.

The app will take action against those who send messages recurring spamming, spread fake news, or use groups and lists to share unwanted content en masse. At the same time, if your number is blocked by a high number of people within the same day, the company will take action and disable your access to the account.

Other news for the messaging app

WhatsApp is working on including new features in its app as time goes by. We recently saw a new limitation in one of the beta versions of the app on Android. The place WABetaInfo explains that it is a chat limit when forwarding a message. Although the company has not explained the reason for this change, we can infer that they have to do with the mass dissemination of false information about events like the war in Ukraine, COVID-19, and much more.

However, not everything is bad. Now you can listen to audio in the background. This feature came to iOS some time ago, but recently the company released it for Android as well. It is one of the most requested features for the app and one that Telegram already included for several years.


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