WhatsApp to cease working on older smartphones on New Years' Eve

Facebook-owned mobile messaging app WhatsApp will stop working on a number of platforms from December 31, the company has confirmed. "However, you'll be able to continue using WhatsApp", although it warned that as it "will no longer actively develop for these platforms, some features may stop functioning at any time".

The company's blog post added, "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".

WhatsApp also announced that it will end support for Nokia S40 on December 31, 2018.

WhatsApp is bidding farewell to older mobile operating systems as the year draws to a close.

WhatsApp is preparing to bid farewell to two long-term partners with the start of the new year, ditching support for Blackberry and Windows 8.0 or older smartphones.

WhatsApp is removing itself from old and unpopular platforms to focus on the duopoly of Apple and Android. Then be prepared to switch to Android or iOS in 2018. If you're a BlackBerry user who prefers the messaging app over BBM (who doesn't?), you can always grab a newer device that runs on Android.

"If you use one of these affected mobile devices, we recommend upgrading to a newer Android, iPhone, or Windows Phone to continue using WhatsApp", a blogpost on its website read. WhatsApp will not be working on your older windows phones but the devices running Windows 10 are pretty safe for now. However, it does provide the option to send a person's chat history attached to an email, and provided instruction links on its web page.

There still are quite a few Windows Phone 8.0 users, though, refusing to give up the sturdy Nokia hardware and Windows OS.

Windows phone users will have no problem with the app as long as they have the newer operating systems.

  • Valerie Cook