WhatsApp will stop running on older phones from 2017

WhatsAppIf you are using a phone that is running on software outdated by five or six years, chances are that WhatsApp will no longer work on your phone. Right from the New Year’s eve, reports of the instant messaging app not running has surfaced. The app now shows a message that the phone is not supported and exits. Phone running on older Android, Windows, iOS or Symbian operating systems are affected.

WhatsApp say on their website:

“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.

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.

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, or Windows Phone before the end of 2016 to continue using WhatsApp.”

Affected Devices

The operating systems that are affected are Android 2.2 and below, Windows Phone 7, iOS 6 or older and Symbian S60 and S40 phones. Most of these are essentially older phones. Most Android 2.2 and Windows 7 phones no longer exist in market. Same goes for Symbian phones. iPhone 3GS is no longer supported. iPhone 4, 4S or 5, along with iPads (basically older Apple devices), which are not updated to iOS10 cannot use WhatsApp. Some older Samsung phones will be affected too, because of an older Android version.

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Extended Support for Blackberry and Nokia Phones

Nokia devices that are using Symbian S60 and S40 can only use WhatsApp till June 30, 2017. The same goes for Blackberry devices. Some Sony Xperia devices that originally came with the Symbian OS can also enjoy the extended support for WhatsApp.

Source: TechZim, The Sun

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