WhatsApp lovers, here’s some bad news for you. The Facebook owned messaging app will end its support for few phones by the end of this year. The Facebook-owned company has confirmed this via its official blog post. WhatsApp will stop working on devices that are running on BlackBerry OS, BlackBerry 10, and Windows Phone 8.0 and older from December 31, 2017, that is less than a week from now. This means that users using mobile phones, which are running any one of these software’s will not be able to use WhatsApp after this year.
WhatsApp first announced about these outdated mobile platforms in year 2016. it later updated its blog stating that it extended its deadline to June 30, 2017. At the time, WhatsApp had also revealed that the app will stop working for phones running on Nokia S40 from December 31, 2018. The app will stop working on phones running Android 2.3.7 and older (Gingerbread) from February 1, 2020. The messaging app became unavailable on Nokia phones running Symbian S60, from June 30, 2017.
WhatsApp on its blog 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, or Windows Phone before the end of 2016 to continue using WhatsApp.”
So, if your phone has any of the two specified operating systems, you should consider upgrading to a newer phone in order to access WhatsApp properly. WhatsApp updates for other OS versions like Windows Phone 7, Android 2.1, Android 2.2, and iOS 6 were stopped in 2016.