WhatsApp has decided to finally end support to older mobile operating system as the year ends. Specifically, WhatsApp is ending support for BlackBerry OS including BlackBerry 10 and Windows Phone 8.0 or older. Though you will able to use the app on these platforms, but users won’t be able to create new accounts or re-verify existing accounts. The WhatsApp might stop functioning anytime, so it’s better to upgrade.
WhatsApp is ending support for outdated operating systems to focus on Android and iOS. WhatsApp will stop working on BlackBerry OS and Windows Phone. While those platforms might see the end by December 31st 2017, there are other platforms like Nokia’s Series 40 which will get an additional year of support from WhatsApp team. WhatsApp will end support to Nokia S40 platform by December 31, 2018.
Lastly, WhatsApp will stop working on smartphones running on Android versions running older than Android Gingerbread 2.3.7 after February 1, 2020.
In WhatsApp’s own words – “This was a tough decision for us to make, but the right one in order to give people better ways to keep in touch with friends, family, and loved ones using WhatsApp.”
WhatsApp Support Timeline:
- BlackBerry OS including BlackBerry 10 support ends by December 31st, 2017.
- Windows Phone 8.0 or older supports ends by December 31st, 2017.
- Windows Phone 8.1 will continue to get support.
- Nokia’s Series 40 supports end by December 31st, 2018.
- Android Gingerbread 2.3.7 or older supports end after February 1st, 2020.
- WhatsApp main focus would be on Android and iOS.