Whatsapp has announced that Whatsapp will stop working on some phones starting from December 31, 2017.
Whatsapp can be considered as the most used messaging app by mobile device users. The Whatsapp cuts across various devices and operating systems. Unfortunately, it is looking like it won’t be available for some Smartphone users. And this is because it has been made known to the public that Whatsapp will soon cease to support some Smartphones.
Will Whatsapp really stop working on some phones in 2018?
Earlier this year, Whatsapp hinted that they will look ahead to the Android and IOS platforms. They stated on their Blog:
“As we look ahead to our next seven years, we want to focus our efforts on the mobile platforms the vast Majority of People use”.
Since the inception of Whatsapp, there have been so many upgrades and improvements in technology, especially in the area of operating systems. Having known about all these upgrades and improvements, the Whatsapp Company are now looking to expand their app’s features. And, as a result, might have to part ways with some old smartphones.
The Whatsapp Company through their Blog post stated:
When we started Whatsapp in 2009, people’s use of mobile devices looked very different from today. The Apple App store was only a few months old. About 70 percent of Smartphones sold at that time had operating systems offered by BlackBerry and Nokia. Phone operating systems which are produced by Google, Apple, and Microsoft – accounts for 99.5 percent of sales today, were on less than 25 percent of phones sold at the time.
So, starting December 31, 2017, Whatsapp will stop working on some of the old phones. If you are one of those who loves to use Whatsapp, you had better be sure of whether Whatsapp will keep working on your phone in 2018.
What smartphones would Whatsapp stop working on?
The information about Whatsapp not working on some phones is not something new. On 26 February 2016, through an official blog post, the Whatsapp Company stated that it will cease the app support for some of the outdated mobile platform as from the 31st of December 2017. On June 30, 2017, Whatsapp support for Nokia Symbian S60 was suspended.
Now, the Whatsapp company has announced that as from January 1, 2018, its app will stop working on Blackberry 10, Blackberry OS, Nokia S40 and Windows Phone 8.0 and older. Also, its app will stop supporting Android versions 2.3.7 and older as from February 1, 2020.
It was really a tough decision for the company to make. Like the company said, “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. If you use one of these affected mobile devices, we recommend upgrading to a newer Android, iPhone, Window phone.
Here is the comprehensive list of the phones and Operating System that Whatsapp won’t be supporting and the date they will stop being supported:
- Android version 2.3.7 and older – from February 1, 2020
- Nokia S40 platform – from January 1, 2018
- Windows Phone 8.0 and older – from January 1, 2018
- BlackBerry OS and BlackBerry – from January 1, 2018
- Nokia Symbian S60 – July 1, 2017
So, if you still want to ensure a continuous usage of the Whatsapp messenger app, it will be a great idea for you to check whether your device belongs to one of these categories and know the next action to take.