If you are a WhatsApp user on an older firmware like iOS 6, you should have seen this message by now:
Unfortunately,…you won’t be able to use WhatsApp on this phone as WhatsApp will no longer support older versions of iOS.
To me, this basically mean it’s time to buy another iPhone, in fact, a newer one like the iPhone 7 *smiley face*.
Just kidding, don’t lose hope now as there are many workarounds. By that, I don’t mean an actual solution that will make you happy.
Here’s a thing. Not all applications are compatible with our “changing iOS firmware version” method. The upcoming update that WhatsApp is rolling out will probably be server sided.
This means that you can’t spoof your iPhone version for the app to continue to work. While it’s sad to see WhatsApp being pulled away from iOS 6, I think this is a good move.
The Facebook-owned company can’t be concentrating on many different iOS versions, especially an old firmware like iOS 6. WhatsApp just wants what’s best for its users, ensuring the overall quality and security of the app.
If you’re talking about an actual solution that could get WhatsApp to work on iOS 6 again, then the answer is No. But there are several things you can do if you want to keep using WhatsApp.
- Buy a newer iPhone. It doesn’t have to the latest
- Upgrade to iOS 7 or higher (if your device is compatible, if not, see the first one)
- Move to a different messaging app.
A simple Google search can bring up tons of WhatsApp alternatives. Some of my favorites are Telegram, Messenger, Viber, and of course, iMessage.
I’ve seen a lot of comments on Reddit saying that moving to Telegram was the brightest decision they’ve ever made. Not sure what that means but I guess the app must be better than WhatsApp.
Ultimately, upgrading to the next major firmware is also good. Better design (may vary), more secure, and anything higher than iOS 6 will support WhatsApp.