WhatsApp will stop supporting these phones later this year

WhatsApp has announced that it will cease to provide further technical support for certain handsets later this year. This follows the company’s announcement that it would stop support for some other phones earlier this year.

Have a look at the list below to see if your phone might be one.

• Support for the Nokia Symbian S60 stopped on 30 June 2017.
• Support for Blackberry OS and Blackberry 10 will stop after 31 December 2017.
• Support for the Windows Phone 8.0 and older will stop after 31 December 2017.
• Support for the Nokia S40 will stop after 31 December 2018.
• Support for Android versions 2.3.7 and older will stop after 1 February 2020.

What does it mean?

When an app stops technical support for a given mobile phone, it means that there will not be any more software updates released for that handset. This opens the door to glitches and bugs that will not be able to be fixed, and users of these phones will also not have access to any new features.

This means that WhatsApp will not just abruptly stop working when support for the handsets mentioned above ceases, but that the user experience of the app will be adversely affected by features that might stop working.

If you are reliant on WhatsApp for business or personal communication and have one of the phones mentioned above, it might be time to upgrade. Contact us for advice and upgrade information.

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