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WhatsApp drops support for 49 phones starting December 31

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As the year ends, so does official support for as many as 49 older Android and iOS devices. These include older devices such as the iPhone 5 and older Samsung, Sony, LG and Huawei devices, among others, that don’t regularly get OS or security updates anymore. 

It’s normal to see old devices losing support for apps as the latter often releases far more updates than the former, and older devices can’t keep up after some time. Instead of spending resources developing bug fixes and special security updates for these devices, companies often drop support for them. 

Starting December 31, these 49 devices will no longer get any feature updates and bug fixes, with full support dwindling to zero in some time. 

Here are all the phones categorised by the manufacturers losing support this year. 


  • iPhone 5
  • iPhone 5c


  • Ascend D
  • Ascend D1
  • Ascend D2
  • Ascend G740
  • Ascend Mate
  • Ascend P1


  • Enact
  • Lucid 2
  • Optimus 4X HD
  • Optimus F3
  • Optimus F3Q
  • Optimus F5
  • Optimus F6
  • Optimus F7
  • Optimus L2 II
  • Optimus L3 II
  • Optimus L3 II Dual
  • Optimus L4 II
  • Optimus L4 II Dual
  • Optimus L5
  • Optimus L5 Dual
  • Optimus L5 II
  • Optimus L7
  • Optimus L7 II
  • Optimus L7 II Dual
  • Optimus Nitro HD


  • Galaxy Ace 2
  • Galaxy Core
  • Galaxy S2
  • Galaxy S3 Mini
  • Galaxy Trend II
  • Galaxy Trend Lite
  • Galaxy Xcover 2


  • Xperia Arc S
  • Xperia miro
  • Xperia Neo L


  •  Memo ZTE V956
  •  HTC Desire 500
  •  Quad XL
  •  Lenovo A820
  •  Archos 53 Platinum
  •  Grand S Flex ZTE
  •  Grand X Quad V987 ZTE
  •  Wiko Cink Five
  •  Wiko Darknight ZT

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Yadullah Abidi

Yadullah Abidi

Yadullah is a Computer Science graduate who writes/edits/shoots/codes all things cybersecurity, gaming, and tech hardware. When he's not, he streams himself racing virtual cars. He's been writing and reporting on tech and cybersecurity with websites like Candid.Technology and MakeUseOf since 2018. You can contact him here: