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Got an older Android smartphone? You may need a new phone to keep using WhatsApp.

USA TODAY
USA TODAY
 2021-10-23

WhatsApp users with older Android operating systems may need to start looking for a new phone.

Starting Nov. 1, the Facebook-owned messaging app WhatsApp will drop support for Android smartphones running on systems older than Android 4.1, according to its website.

The company’s website suggests affected Android users upgrade to a device with a supported operating system to continue using the app or save their chat history.

According to WhatsApp's website , the app also provides support for smartphones running iOS 10 and newer and KaiOS 2.5.0 and newer.

Android's latest operating system, Android 12, is available on certain devices . Apple launched iOS 15 last month .

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