WhatsApp to block all Windows phones at the end of 2019

Date:9 December 2019 Author: Leila Stein Tags:, ,

In 2016, Whatsapp announced a host of mobile phones which it will no longer support.

Marking their seventh anniversary, WhatsApp explained that they wanted to focus on devices running operating systems used by the vast majority of people.

“About 70 percent of smartphones sold at the time [that they started] had operating systems offered by BlackBerry and Nokia. Mobile operating systems offered by Google, Apple and Microsoft – which account for 99.5 percent of sales today – were on less than 25 percent of mobile devices sold at the time,” they said in the blog post.

This year, WhatsApp expanded the list, the biggest surprise being that all Windows phones operating systems will no longer be supported after the 31 December 2019.

The full list includes:

  • Nokia Symbian S60 after June 30, 2017
  • BlackBerry OS and BlackBerry 10 after December 31, 2017
  • Nokia S40 after December 31, 2018
  • All Windows Phone operating systems after December 31, 2019
  • Android versions 2.3.7 and older after February 1, 2020
  • iPhone iOS 7 and older after February 1, 2020

This doesn’t mean WhatsApp will completely shutdown on these systems but since they are not being actively developed, features will stop functioning at any time, without notice.


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