WhatsApp is undoubtedly the largest instant messaging application in the world. Billions of users use the service to communicate on a daily basis and new features are arriving every week making the user experience better and better. However, these new functions need technical requirements that many devices do not have. That is why Every year WhatsApp stops supporting certain devices. For this 2023, iPhone 5 and iPhone 5C will not be compatible with WhatsApp.

New year, new policies: WhatsApp says goodbye to the iPhone 5 and 5C

Keeping our devices up-to-date is essential, but without good hardware that supports the functional innovations of software and other applications, updates don’t matter. That is why every year many companies they stop giving support and compatibility to devices that are not updated to the new versions. The objective is none other than to guarantee the safety of the users and offer the maximum functions. This is how WhatsApp justifies it:

To choose which ones to stop supporting, every year, like other tech companies, we look at which devices and software are the oldest and have the fewest people still using them. It is also possible that these devices do not have the latest security updates or lack the necessary functions to run WhatsApp.

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A list of More than 50 devices will no longer be supported on December 31, 2022. And as we have been commenting, the iPhone 5 and iPhone 5C are included in that list. This means that starting tomorrow, users with these devices will no longer be able to access their messages, conversations, and the full functionality of the app.

For the most curious and in case you have an Android device, WhatsApp also ceases support for the HTC Desire 500, the Lenovo A820, the LG Optimus and the Samsung Galaxy S3. The recommendation is that users who have any of these devices that are no longer supported please back up your conversations for when they access another device.