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WhatsApp cutting off millions of iPhones next month – is yours affected?

IPHONE owners are being warned to update their device if they want to keep using WhatsApp.

The popular messaging app is cutting off anyone still using really old versions of iOS next month.


Users have been warned for months that the change is comingCredit: WABetaInfo

After October 24, WhatsApp will stop working altogether on iPhones with iOS 10 and iOS 11.

The minimum required to keep using the service is iOS 12, so if you’re on an older version, you might want to update.

It comes as Apple recently released the latest version of its operating system, iOS 16.

Fortunately, recent iPhone models are all compatible with iOS 12.

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Even the iPhone 5S, iPhone 6, and iPhone 6S can use iOS 12.

But for devices like the iPhone 5 and iPhone 5C this means the end.

Bear in mind that neither of these iPhone models have been supported by Apple with security updates for quite sometime now.

So using them at all opens you up to bugs and hackers.

It’s always best to use the very latest version of iOS as it not only comes with the latest features but will be kept most safe.

A warning popup seen by WABetaInfo recently reads: “Update to the latest version of iOS to continue using WhatsApp.

“WhatsApp will stop supporting this version of iOS after 24 Oct 2022.

“Please go to Settings > General, then tap Software Update to get the latest version of iOS.”

iOS 10 dates back to 2016, and the latest update to it – iOS 10.3 – was put out in 2019.

Meanwhile, iOS 11 was released in 2017 and was last supported in 2018.

iOS 16 release

Apple finally unleashed iOS 16 to iPhone fans this week, with a bunch of major new features in tow.

Lock Screen

Users can customise their Lock Screen on an iPhone for the very first time.

Widgets mean you can add things like weather updates and more.

Notifications also look a bit different, rolling up from the bottom of the display.

Photo album locking

For the first time you can password protect the hidden and recently deleted folders in your photo app.

That means Face ID is needed to gain access – and snoopers can no longer have a quick nose around.

Unsending and editing iMessages

iOS 16 makes it possible to finally “unsend” iMessages.

This catches up with WhatsApp at long last, meaning you can recall any embarrassing texts you regret sending.

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And you can even edit texts too, so you can quickly and easily correct typos or other errors.

But be warned, this feature only works properly if the person on the other end is also on iOS 16.

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