By Ron Howells • 28 September 2021 • 7:42
WhatsApp will be blocked on MILLIONS of phones forever in a few weeks
WhatsApp messaging service will be blocked on MILLIONS of mobile phones forever in a few weeks time.
Users of Android and Apple have been urgently warned to update their software. The November deadline is fast approaching – and will lock some iPhones and Android phones off WhatsApp forever.
Operating systems need to be updated by the owners of the mobile phones. On the Android front, that means a host of popular phones will lose access, including the Samsung Galaxy S3 and the Huawei Ascend Mate for example.
For Apple iPhone 4 owners or older, they will lose access to WhatsApp. Also, if these older devices have never been updated then iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S Plus or iPhone SE (2016), owners will lose access until they update- because they were launched on iOS 9.
However, it is possible to update all three models to iOS 15 – the latest version – and keep access to WhatsApp. Tech companies regularly stop supporting older devices. Google did just that with old Android phones for Gmail, YouTube and Google Maps.
Sometimes it’s because it’s simply not cost-efficient to keep apps working on very old versions of iOS or Android. That’s especially the case if only a small percentage of users are running these old versions of software.
Using outdated software can also be a huge security risk – so it is important to update, or upgrade if it is not possible to do so.
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Ron actually started his working career as an Ophthalmic Technician- things changed when, during a band rehearsal, his amplifier blew up and he couldn’t get it fixed so he took a course at Birmingham University and ended up doing a degree course. He built up a chain of electronics stores and sold them as a franchise over 35 years ago. After five years touring the world Ron decided to move to Spain with his wife and son, a place they had visited over the years, and only bought the villa they live in because it has a guitar-shaped swimming pool!.
Playing the guitar since the age of 7, he can often be seen, (and heard!) at beach bars and clubs along the length of the coast. He has always been interested in the news and constantly thrives to present his articles in an interesting and engaging way.
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