WhatsApp soon to quit older phones; Check if yours is safe

WhatsApp discontinued on certain phonesWhatsApp discontinued on certain phones

The prevalent messaging application, WhatsApp, which has more than a billion clients around the world, declared recently that it will no longer continue on older phones.

Changes in technology will see the immensely well-known application quitting specific mobiles, implying that some users will be obliged to upgrade their handsets in order to continue the app running.

The news comes following a notice prior this year that the Facebook owned organization would promote it for more established models, and that the due date to upgrade was quick to approach.

A similar blog entry was then made stating that a few telephones would be upheld until June 30, 2017, while the service would be suspended on others before the last year gets over.

Following smartphone models will never again be supported with WhatsApp after the end of 2016:

  • BlackBerry, including BlackBerry 10: All sorts of Blackberrys, including the Bold, Curve, Pearl and Touch, essentially if it says “Blackberry” it won’t work.
  • Nokia S40: Whole series of Nokia that keep running on old Nokia S40 programming: Asha, X2, X3, C2.
  • Nokia Symbian S60: Some more Nokia; those that run Symbian S60 programming: C7, E5, Nokia 5530 Xpress Music, and N97. It’s secure to state that if it is Nokia then the chances are exceedingly likely that it will never again be supported.
  • Android 2.1 and Android 2.2: A pack of Android smartphones; mostly the old and moderate ones.
  • Windows Phone 7.1: It would seem that this kind of smartphone is old to the point that there is nothing on the web that talks about it. However, if you have a ‘Lumia Mango’ you can check while dialing *#0000# on your Nokia phone that has Windows 7.1.


In an announcement,that was posted on the company’s blog WhatsApp wrote: “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.

“So, by the end of 2016, we will be ending support for WhatsApp Messenger on some mobile platforms

“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.”

WhatsApp explained, ‘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.”

WhatsApp will soon quit dealing with the iPhone 3GS – the second iPhone model, released in 2009.

The upgrade will likewise influence devices running the older framework iOS 6. Any iPhone 4, 4S or 5 or iPad that hasn’t been redesigned to iOS 10 will be affected.

To check what form of iOS you have, go to Settings, General then Software Update, which will demonstrate to you what your telephone is running right now and whether you can upgrade it.

Changes in our smartphone likings mean the affected devices are a great deal less famous now than they were when WhatsApp was released, with Google, Apple and Microsoft working frameworks representing 99.5 percent of offers today.

In any case, when WhatsApp was initially made accessible, 70 percent of cell phones were run on BlackBerry or Nokia frameworks. These smartphones now just represent a minor portion of the flexible market.

WhatsApp prefer their texting solution to be delivered as a cross-platform offering, permitting clients on various frameworks to talk with each other.

Notably however, company gave users of BlackBerry OS, BlackBerry 10 OS, Nokia S40, and Nokia Symbian S60 devices some leeway. The company said it will keep on supporting these devices until June 2017.

Sadly, this does not reach out to devices running Android 2.2 Froyo and more established forms, Windows Phone 7 and more seasoned adaptations, and iOS 6 and more established variations.

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Ayra Joseph
Ayra is part of the news team at Broadband London, and focuses her efforts on the latest providers of mobile and fixed line internet.

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