PSA: WhatsApp Will Stop Working on Some Phones on the New Year’s Eve [List]
WhatsApp will no longer support BlackBerry OS and Windows Phone, as the company has confirmed plans to stop supporting these platforms by the year end. This essentially means that this is the last week (too many ultimatums for this week!!) you will be able to use all the features of WhatsApp on these platforms. While the Facebook-acquired messaging app will continue to function on some of these dying platforms, the company warns that some features can stop functioning at any time. So, look for other options…
WhatsApp says farewell to old weight
In its post, the company mentions the following list of platforms that will no longer receive any support since they lack “the kind of capabilities” WhatsApp needs to expand its app’s features. The platforms that no longer receive any kind of support and where the app doesn’t work at all, include:
- Android versions older than 2.3.3
- Windows Phone 7
- iPhone 3GS/iOS 6
- Nokia Symbian S60
The platforms where the app will continue to work (until the specified dates) but you won’t be able to create new accounts or re-verify existing accounts:
- BlackBerry OS and BlackBerry 10 until December 31, 2017
- Windows Phone 8.0 and older until December 31, 2017
- Nokia S40 until December 31, 2018
- Android versions 2.3.7 and older until February 1, 2020
The company has recommended users to upgrade to Android 4.0+, iOS 7+, or Windows Phone 8.1.
If you are switching to a new phone and are worried about losing your chat history, WhatsApp has also shared steps to export your chat history via email on “Android | iPhone | Windows Phone | Nokia S40 | BlackBerry | BlackBerry 10” since the world’s favorite messaging app unfortunately doesn’t allow transferring chat history between platforms.
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