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Whatsapp has detailed its plans for older mobile operating systems, within a week of year-end. The Facebook-owned app will end support for BlackBerry OS (including BlackBerry 10) and Windows Phone 8.0 (and earlier) on December 31, 2017.
End of support does not mean that WhatsApp will no longer work on these platforms. That said, you will no longer be able to create new accounts or recheck existing accounts. Additionally, WhatsApp cautions, “Because we will no longer actively develop for these platforms, some features may stop working at any time. “
WhatsApp offers the following tips to owners of these older devices:
These platforms do not offer the kind of functionality that we need to extend the functionality of our app in the future. If you are using any of these affected mobile devices, we recommend upgrading to a newer version of the operating system, or a newer version of Android running OS 4.0+, iPhone running iOS 7+, or Windows Phone 8.1+ so that you can continue to use WhatsApp.
Once you have one of these devices, just install WhatsApp and verify your phone number on the new device. Keep in mind that WhatsApp can only be activated with one phone number on one device at a time.
There is currently no option to transfer your chat history between platforms. However, we do offer the option of sending your chat history as an attachment to an email. Find out how to export your chat history to: Android | iPhone | Windows Phone | Nokia s40 | Blackberry | BlackBerry 10
If you are a BlackBerry user and want to continue receiving WhatsApp updates, you will need to upgrade to a BlackBerry device running Android. Earlier this month, BlackBerry announced that BB10 would be supported for “at least two” more years.
If you are using Windows Phone, you should always get WhatsApp updates on Windows 10 Mobile devices. That said, given that Windows 10 Mobile is dead, now is a good time to upgrade to Android or iOS.
WhatsApp announced a similar move in late 2016, ending support for older mobile operating systems, including BlackBerry and Nokia. In fact, BlackBerry 10 was supposed to be on the cutting block, but WhatsApp kept the support going for another year.
As for Nokia, WhatsApp also shared that support for the Nokia S40 will be discontinued on December 31, 2018. Older Android devices (version 2.3.7 and earlier) have the longest duration: they will be supported until February 1, 2020.
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