WhatsApp might stop working on these older iPhones soon, see if yours is affected
Users running outdated versions of iOS might need to update their phones or switch to a newer device, if WhatsApp drops support for these older iPhones.
WhatsApp, probably one of the most popular encrypted apps available today, is constantly adding new features and improving its services. Unfortunately, that means some devices are eventually too old to support certain functionality and cannot run the latest version of the app and the company has to drop support for those devices. According to a new report, WhatsApp is now dropping support for older iPhones.
According to noted WhatsApp feature leaker WABetaInfo, the popular messaging service will drop support for iPhones running iOS version 9 with the arrival of version 184.108.40.206 which is currently in beta testing. The company offers users the opportunity to test new features coming to other users via its Testflight testing service, which is currently closed as there are no new slots.
This means that in an upcoming version of WhatsApp, users running an iPhone 4 and iPhone 4s will not be able to update their WhatsApp app and eventually the app will require an update and refuse to work which means they will need to buy a new phone. Users on iPhone 5, 5s, 5c and newer devices who have still not updated to a newer version of iOS should do so as soon as possible.
According to WABetaInfo, WhatsApp is also working on an improved message archive system, so that when you get a message from a group or chat that you have archived, it won't come back into your main chat list. The company is also working on the ability to set your messages to disappear after 24 hours, in addition to the current seven-day setting, the account tweeted on Saturday.