WhatsApp to stop working on select devices: Find out the list


No doubt, Whatsapp is a popular messaging app on both Android and iOS platforms. The Facebook-owned company is gearing up to end support for a wide range of operating platforms and smartphones by December 31, 2018. The company has released a fresh update with the list of all smartphones that will stop receiving support for the app.

The main intention behind the stoppage of WhatsApp support is due to the fact that the older platforms and smartphones lack the hardware to work smoothly. Going forward, the company is planning to integrate several new features. If a user needs to work on these features, then they would require a powerful smartphone. It is essential for the company to end support for old devices to concentrate on the development of the upcoming smartphones.

In a statement released to the press, WhatsApp requested users to upgrade to newer Android platforms if they are working with old smartphones. In case if users are unable to upgrade due to stock Android, they should purchase the latest smartphone with upgrade capability.

WhatsApp will not be available on Android 2.3.3 and older, Windows Phone 8.0 and older, iPhone 3GS/iOS 6, Nokia Symbian S60 and BlackBerry OS/BlackBerry 10 platforms. It is to be noted that Windows Phone 8.0 was initially launched with great hype by crumbled due to bad marketing tactics and heavy competition from Android.

If you are working with Nokia S40, you can’t work with WhatsApp from December 31, 2018. You can work with Android 2.3.7 and older devices until February 1, 2020. To work with the WhatsApp, you should upgrade to Android 4.0, iOS 8 or Windows Phone 8.1 and above.

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