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WhatsApp will stop running on these devices at the end of the year

28th December 2017

Many WhatsApp users will see how the beginning of the year 2018 means that they will no longer be able to use the instant messaging service on their smartphones. As the service managers have announced, there is already a list of devices and operating system versions that are going to run out of messaging service.

The fact is that this is already commonplace at the start of a new year, as last year from WhatsApp it was announced that on smartphones with the Android 2.1 and 2.2 operating systems, Windows Phone 7 and iOS 6 would stop running the instant messaging service. As well as later we could see how phones like Symbian S60 also stopped receiving support from the application managers.

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Operating systems that run out of WhatsApp

This year it’s time to run out of instant messaging service for smartphones running BlackBerry OS, BlackBerry 10 and Windows Phone 8.0 or earlier. Apparently, these versions no longer adequately process the new messaging service features. It also confirms that Nokia S40 phones are also not supported for messaging.

A little further away is the date of February 1,2020 to sentence to death the devices that have Android 2.37 operating system, so these still have months to go to the idea. As always happens in these cases, WhatsApp people recommend switching devices with a more up-to-date version of the operating system, and being able to send your chat history by email if you migrate to a different operating system from another platform. The truth is that these changes in the end usually affect very few users, and boom we are talking about really very old versions of the system that few users still use.

In Summary, WhatsApp stops working in:

The following platforms are no longer supported:

  • Android versions older than 2.3.3
  • Windows Phone 7
  • iPhone 3GS/iOS 6
  • Nokia Symbian S60

For the following platforms, you can no longer create new accounts, nor re-verify existing accounts. However, you’ll be able to continue using WhatsApp:

  • 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

Note: Because we will no longer actively develop for these platforms, some features may stop functioning at any time.

These platforms don’t offer the kind of capabilities we need to expand our app’s features in the future. If you use one of these affected mobile devices, we recommend upgrading to a newer OS version, or to a newer Android running OS 4.0+, iPhone running iOS 7+, or Windows Phone 8.1+ so that you can continue using WhatsApp.


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