WhatsApp leaves iPhone 5c and iPhone 5

WhatsApp will no longer support the iPhone 5c and iPhone 5 from December 31.


The popular messaging app will retire on nearly 50 devices by the end of the year after iOS 11 and iOS 10 support ended in October. This means that iPhone 5c and iPhone 5 users were no longer able to install WhatsApp on their phone.

The iPhone 5c was launched in 2013 and had iOS 7, while the iPhone 5 was launched in 2012 and had iOS 6. Both products had the same A6 chip and received support until 2019.

Currently, the WhatsApp app is available for iPhone users running iOS 12 or later. It is recommended that users back up or transfer their chat data and history before the end of December.

WhatsApp says dropping support on older phone models will allow them to improve the app experience on modern smartphones. The company said only a few users are still on the iPhone 5c and iPhone 5.

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