About supported operating systems
Currently, we provide support for and recommend using the following devices:
- Android running OS 4.1 and newer
- iPhone running iOS 12 and newer
- KaiOS 2.5.0 and newer, including JioPhone and JioPhone 2
Once you have one of these devices, install WhatsApp and register your phone number.
- WhatsApp can only be activated with one phone number on one phone at a time.
- Your phone must be able to receive SMS or calls during the verification process. We don’t support setting up new accounts on WiFi only devices.
How we choose what to support
Devices and software change often, so we regularly review what operating systems we support and make updates.
To choose what to stop supporting, every year we, like other technology companies, look at which devices and software are the oldest and have the fewest number of people still using them. These devices also might not have the latest security updates, or might lack the functionality required to run WhatsApp.
What happens if your operating system is no longer supported
Before we stop supporting your operating system, you'll be notified directly in WhatsApp ahead of time and reminded a few times to upgrade.
We’ll update this page regularly to ensure that the latest operating systems that we support are listed.
- About supported Android devices
- About supported iPhones