The WhatsApp 4.0.4 update is no longer compatible on Monday (1st) with Android 4.0.4 and older versions (see below how to identify your version) . To continue with the app, users need to update their mobile phone or transfer their account to a device with a newer version of Google’s operating system .
The warning about the end of support for older phones appears on the app’s website. “As of November 1, 2021, WhatsApp will no longer be compatible with Android devices running OS 4.0.4 and earlier versions,” the notice reads.
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With the decision, WhatsApp will only work on the following systems:
Sought by g1 , WhatsApp said that the way people use devices is constantly changing and therefore revises older hardware and software models to withdraw support for systems with fewer users.
“It is standard practice for technology companies not to maintain support for older and smaller hardware and software models indefinitely in order to use these features to support new and growing operating systems,” said the Whatsapp.
Android 4.0.4, known as Ice Cream Sandwich, was released by Google in December 2011. It was succeeded by Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean), released in July 2012. Today, the latest version is Android 12 .
The g1 asked Google what percentage of users with Android 4.0.4, but the company does not disclose this data.
The WhatsApp website does not address iOS changes, but the recommendation is to use the latest version of Apple’s system.
Due to changes made by manufacturers, the steps to find the Android version may be different for each phone. Check out how to find information on cell phones of two brands: