WhatsApp could STOP working THIS month - Chat app to drop support for THESE phones



WHATSAPP will stop working for millions of users later this month. If your smartphone model is on this list, then you’ll need to either upgrade your device – or move your conversations from WhatsApp to another chat app.

WHATSAPP will stop working for millions of users later this month. If your smartphone model is on this list, then you’ll need to either upgrade your device – or move your conversations from WhatsApp to another chat app.


WhatsApp changes means the chat app will no longer support older iPhones, Android or BlackBerry
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WhatsApp changes means the chat app will no longer support older iPhones, Android or BlackBerry
Some  users will be in for a nasty shock later this month.
The world’s most popular chat app, which currently boasts more than one billion active users, is on the verge of ending support for a number of older smartphone models – leaving millions unable to send or receive messages, make VOIP phone calls or video chats.

Earlier this year, the -owned company announced that older versions of Android and iOS, as well as BlackBerry and Nokia devices would no longer be supported by the chat app. The company has advised anyone running any of the named devices to buy a new one before the end of 2016.
But at the end of this year, WhatsApp will no longer work on the iPhone 3GS, Windows Phone 7 devices, and phones running Android 2.1 or Android 2.2.
WhatsApp first announced the change back in February when the chat app celebrated its seventh birthday.
The Facebook company  says technology has changed dramatically since its birth, something which led to its decision to drop support for ageing mobile platforms.
In an official statement on the company blog, WhatsApp writes: "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."
Facebook is in control of the two most popular mobile messaging apps, WhatsApp & Facebook MessengerWHATSAPP
Facebook is in control of the two most popular mobile messaging apps, WhatsApp & Facebook Messenger
Although no official date has been set for switch-off it appears that, come January 1st, there could be a lot of WhatsApp fans in desperate need of smartphone upgrade.
WhatsApp updated its initial blog post to confirm that it will extend support BlackBerry OS, BlackBerry 10, Nokia S40 and Nokia Symbian S60 until June 30, 2017.

Here is a list of devices that will no longer support WhatsApp by 2017 –

  • Any device running Android 2.1
  • Any device running Android 2.2
  • Windows Phone 7
  • iPhone 3GS
  • Any device running iOS 6
Fortunately, WhatsApp is adding a slew of new features to those apps still supported by the company.
 was launched last month on iOS, Android and Windows devices.
The feature, which allows callers to see one another via the front-facing camera when they chat over a home wifi or mobile data connection.
In a statement, WhatsApp said: "We’re introducing this feature because we know that sometimes voice and text just aren’t enough."
Source - Express

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