WhatsApp has announced that it will end support for older mobile platforms like Blackberry 10, Blackberry OS, Windows Phone 8.0 and older on December 31, 2017. The Facebook-owned messaging app updated it in their FAQ Page. However, users will be able to continue to use the service but won’t be able to create new accounts or re-verify existing accounts using those operating systems. You will still be able to send or receive messages but there is no clear information on when it will stop functioning.
WhatsApp noted on their FAQ page, “Because we will no longer actively develop for these platforms, some features may stop functioning at any time.”
The following platforms are no longer supported:
- BlackBerry OS and BlackBerry 10 until December 31, 2017
- Windows Phone 8.0 and older until December 31, 2017
So Why is WhatsApp terminating support for these platforms?
These platforms don’t offer the kind of capabilities we need to expand our app’s features in the future. If you use one of these affected mobile devices, we recommend upgrading to a newer OS version, or to a newer Android running OS 4.0+, iPhone running iOS 7+, or Windows Phone 8.1+ so that you can continue using WhatsApp.
At the same time, they don’t want to lose users and are recommending to upgrade to a newer OS. If you choose to upgrade to a new device, you won’t be able to access the same account simultaneously on both devices. So, uninstall the app on the unsupported device.
WhatsApp doesn’t provide any software or app to transfer your chat history between platforms. However, there is an option to send your chat history attached to an email. Nokia S40 will lose support from December 31, 2018, While, Android versions 2.3.7 and older from February 1, 2020.