WhatsApp blocked! Your phone to stop working on app; check list, how to solution

WhatsApp blocked! Yes, your phone will be blocked by this app soon. You can see if you are affected by checking this list of phones. Here’s how to make sure you can still send messages after support for these phones stops.

| Updated on: Aug 21 2022, 20:47 IST
WhatsApp Blocked
WhatsApp blocked threat stems from what the app has officially stated and teh deadline is very near - November 1, 2021. Many Android smartphones will stop receiving support from WhatsApp after this date. (MINT_PRINT)
WhatsApp Blocked
WhatsApp blocked threat stems from what the app has officially stated and teh deadline is very near - November 1, 2021. Many Android smartphones will stop receiving support from WhatsApp after this date. (MINT_PRINT)

It is official. WhatsApp blocked is a message that will soon hit many people with these phones. The list of phones includes iPhones too. If you add up the numbers, these phones have sold in the range of tens of millions and that is how many people may be affected. So, even though WhatsApp may have overtaken all of its rival mobile messaging apps, including Facebook Messenger, and boasts over two billion active monthly users, it has indicated its unwillingness to help out certain users with these phones. The app, which was acquired by Facebook in 2014, has grown in numbers by leaps and bounds and has become the most widely used messaging service in the world. WhatsApp is used in several countries, and is supported on a wide number of devices on Android, iOS and even KaiOS. It is being reported it will be very much present of JioPhone Next too. However, no device receives hardware support forever, and WhatsApp is no exception – it will stop working on certain phones in November.

WhatsApp blocked: Who will be impacted? As of November 2021, WhatsApp will stop working on devices that are running the outdated and old Android 4.0 or Ice Cream Sandwich. This means that users who have an old Android smartphone that is running Android 4.0 in November will no longer be able to use the service and will stop receiving updates. Instead, WhatsApp has bumped the minimum requirement for Android devices to Android 4.1, or Android Jelly Bean. This means that if users have an old device that is running Android Jelly Bean or higher, should be able to use WhatsApp just fine for the time being.

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While it was previously suggested by leaker WABetaInfo that WhatsApp would stop supporting Android 4.0 starting in November, the company recently updated its website to show the date by which support for older devices will be discontinued. Supporting older versions of Android can be tricky, and leads to unwanted bloat in an app as well as reduced optimisation. “WhatsApp will no longer support Android phones running OS 4.0.4 and older on November 1, 2021. Please switch to a supported device or save your chat history before then,” the company says.

WhatsApp Blocked: List of phones affected

If you have an older smartphone like the Galaxy S3 or the LG Optimus L3, Galaxy Core, Huawei Ascend G740 and other similar devices, you will not be able to do anything as these devices do not have an upgrade available to Android 4.1 – necessitating a new smartphone, in this case. Users on iPhone 4S or older models will also not be able to use the messaging service as only iOS 10 and above will be officially supported from that date onwards.

WhatsApp Blocked: Solution

If you do have a system update beyond Android 4.0, you should upgrade the operating system in order to keep using the app. For old iPhone owners, WhatsApp is working on chat migration from Android to iOS (after releasing the ability to transfer from iOS to Android) which could come in handy for users thinking of making the switch.

Whatsapp Blocked: Full list of phones (43)


iPhone SE

iPhone 6S

iPhone 6S Plus


The Samsung Galaxy Trend Lite

Galaxy Trend II

Galaxy SII

Galaxy S3 mini

Galaxy Xcover 2

Galaxy Core

Galaxy Ace 2.


The LG Lucid 2

Optimus F7

Optimus F5

Optimus L3 II Dual

Optimus F5

Optimus L5

Optimus L5 II

Optimus L5 Dual

Optimus L3 II

Optimus L7

Optimus L7 II Dual

Optimus L7 II

Optimus F6


Optimus L4 II Dual

Optimus F3

Optimus L4 II

Optimus L2 II

Optimus Nitro HD and 4X HD

Optimus F3Q


ZTE Grand S Flex

ZTE V956

Grand X Quad V987

Grand Memo


Huawei Ascend G740

Ascend Mate

Ascend D Quad XL

Ascend D1 Quad XL

Ascend P1 S

Ascend D2.


The Sony Xperia Miro

Sony Xperia Neo L

Xperia Arc S


Alcatel One Touch Evo 7

Archos 53 Platinum

HTC Desire 500

Caterpillar Cat B15

Wiko Cink Five

Wiko Darknight

Lenovo A820

UMi X2

Faea F1


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First Published Date: 30 Sep, 15:16 IST
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