WhatsApp to end support for Windows Phone, older Android and iOS versions

WhatsApp to end support for Windows Phone, older Android and iOS versions
WhatsApp has just confirmed that it will end support for Windows Phone, as well as some older versions of Android and iOS. Starting from December 31, 2019, WhatsApp for Windows Phone will stop working, while next year the developer will no longer support devices running older versions of Android and iOS.

In case you're wondering why WhatsApp has decided to turn off support for Windows Phone ahead of 2020, it's worth mentioning that this is consistent with Microsoft's decision to end support for their mobile operating system.

Concerning the other two operating systems, WhatsApp will stop working on devices running Android version 2.3.7 and older starting February 1, 2020. Also, devices powered by iOS 7 and older will no longer be compatible with WhatsApp effective February 1, 2020.

However, since WhatsApp won't be developing for these operating systems anymore, some features that are now available might stop working even before the deadline, so you might want to switch to a newer device if you want to continue to use WhatsApp.

Moreover, if you're using a device that runs these older Android and iOS versions, you won't be able to create new accounts, nor reverify existing accounts, as of right now.

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4 Comments

1. libra89

Posts: 2282; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Aw man. That sucks that they are pulling support. Considering the number of people that use WhatsApp (in general), I can see the numbers of users further plummeting with Windows Phone.

2. gdawilson

Posts: 299; Member since: Jul 21, 2014

I was going to comment separately to this but, I forgot Windows Phones were a thing! I've only ever seen 2 people have one at the beginning of this decade. "I can see the numbers of users further plummeting with Windows Phone." - that's what happens when a company ends their support for X device/OS

3. libra89

Posts: 2282; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

This is true, but I personally know some diehards. I can't think of anyone who would give up WhatsApp just to keep using this platform. It's easy to say that apps don't matter when you have your communication apps working.

4. gdawilson

Posts: 299; Member since: Jul 21, 2014

It's their call to keep using an obsolete OS after WhatsApp ends it's support for it lol

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