IOS updating WhatApp problem

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Hello,

When I try to open WhatsApp on my iPhone (iOS version 14.5) the app just puts up a screen saying it needs to update to proceed. However, updating fails due to an issue that Apple have been unable to resolve other than getting me to remove and re-install any apps that fail to update. This is fine, if annoying, for most apps but I don't want to lose WhatsApp's chat history, and since I can't currently enter it to activate backups, I'm not sure how to proceed. Is there a way to save WhatsApp chat history without actually going in via the WhatsApp app itself?

Thanks!