WhatsApp to cease working on older smartphones on New Years' Eve

Muriel Hammond
December 28, 2017

However, over the years the app has become more than just a messenger and now WhatsApp will not be working on older devices from Blackberry and Windows platforms.

As of the January 1, 2018, BlackBerry OS, BlackBerry 10 and devices using Windows Phone 8.0 will no longer support WhatsApp.

WhatsApp will still work on those systems, but it's unclear how long the app will be fully functional.The FAQ page does warn users that some WhatsApp features may stop working on these unsupported platforms because the company is no longer actively developing for those OSes.

The company's blog post added, "While these mobile devices have been an important part of our story, they don't offer the kind of capabilities we need to expand our app's features in the future". A while back the company also stopped supporting the Symbian operating system which was once the pride of Finnish phone maker Nokia.

A year ago in December, WhatsApp extended its support for the BlackBerry operating system as well as the Nokia S40.

WhatsApp is removing itself from old and unpopular platforms to focus on the duopoly of Apple and Android. Blackberry 10 was its ambitious replacement which failed to give iOS and Android a run for its money and was eventually forgotten by Blackberry themselves.

Moreover, few other mobile devices that would not be able to operate WhatsApp include Nokia S40 that would not have an operational WhatsApp after 31 December 2018 and Android versions 2.3.7 and much older after the 1 of February 2020.

WhatsApp has recommended that those who will be affected by the discontinued service should upgrade to a newer handset in order to continue using the messaging tool. If WhatsApp is your go to messaging app, you might want to consider a new device. Yes, believe it or not but Nokia used to make feature phones with WhatsApp support once upon a time.

Are you a Blackberry OS and Windows 8.0 Phone's WhatsApp user?

'However, we provide the option to send your chat history attached to an email'.

The slimming down of platforms and services is set to continue after Blackberry and Windows 8.0.

Windows phone users will have no problem with the app as long as they have the newer operating systems.

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