Last year, WhatsApp made some bold moves where it announced that a number of phones will no longer be supported come 2017.
The company confirmed that starting January 1, 2017, those using smartphones that are powered by Android 2.1 and Android 2.2 will have to buy a newer Android phone in order to keep using the app. This announcement did not just affect Android users, but also those using the older Windows Phone 7 as well as Apple’s iOS 6, which powers the iPhone 3GS. So far, this has been the case and those using the models in question can no longer access the services of WhatsApp on their phones.
In addition to Android 2.1, Android 2.2, Windows Phone 7 and iOS 6, the Facebook-owned company also confirmed that several other devices will get the axe by mid this year. Well, we only have a month left before this date comes by, which is June 30. The devices that are next in line to lose WhatsApp support are those based on BlackBerry OS, BlackBerry 10, Nokia S40 as well as Nokia Symbian S60.
As you may have heard, BlackBerry made the shift to Android OS back in 2015 with the BlackBerry Priv and last year, the Canadian company confirmed that it will no longer be manufacturing phones based on its in-house operating systems. This means that there is no support for the two operating systems from BlackBerry itself, which made WhatsApp’s decision to discontinue their support even much easier.
As for Nokia, the tech giant has also moved to Android, meaning that the Nokia S40 and Symbian S60 operating systems are no longer on the company’s radar. This has also made the decision to ditch the support for WhatsApp an easy one for Facebook.
So, if you are using any of these operating systems on your phone, you have one month to buy a newer phone, otherwise, you may have to forget about using WhatsApp on your current phone.