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Fact check: is WhatsApp banning phones, as reported?

There is an inappropriate reports, that the Sun UK, reported that some phones will no longer access WhatsApp and the list of phones were given  

From the INTEL, INTEL REGION gathered. we  discovered that, the sun published that some phones will be affected, but did not give the exact phones that will be affected 

According to the Sun The WhatsApp block will take place in just a few weeks, affecting both iPhone and Android.

And affected users will need to either buy a new phone, or update their software if they can.

Some users will have handsets that are too old to update – forcing them to pay for new smartphones.

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Android phones blocked – which ones are affected?

More than 40 different smartphone models are expected to be affected.

For Android users, you’ll need to be running Android 4.1 or later.

That means a host of popular phones will lose access, including the Samsung Galaxy S3 and the Huawei Ascend Mate.

Find out how to check your Android version.

For Apple, you’ll lose access on an iPhone 4S or older.

That’s because iOS 10 can’t be installed on the iPhone 4S or earlier.

And if you’ve never updated your iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S Plus or iPhone SE (2016) – or iPhone 5 and iPhone 6 variants – you’ll lose access until you update.

That’s because they launched on iOS 9 or older.

But you can update all three models to iOS 15 – the latest version – and keep access to WhatsApp.

On iPhone, go to Settings > General > Software Update to find your iOS version.

Why is WhatsApp blocking old phones?

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Using outdated software can also be a huge security risk – so it’s important you update, or upgrade if you can’t.

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