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whatsapp has detailed its plans for older mobile operating systems, with less than a week to go until the end of the year. The Facebook-owned app will end support for BlackBerry OS (including BlackBerry 10) and Windows Phone 8.0 (and earlier) on December 31, 2017.
The 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 re-verify existing accounts. Additionally, WhatsApp warns, “Because we will no longer be actively developing for these platforms, some features may stop working at any time.”
WhatsApp offers the following tips for owners of these older devices:
These platforms don’t offer the kind of features we need to expand the functionality of our app in the future. If you are using one of these affected mobile devices, we recommend that you upgrade to a newer version of the operating system or to a newer version of Android running OS 4.0+, iPhone running iOS 7+ or Windows Phone 8.1+ so you can continue using 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 a device at a time.
There is currently no option to transfer your chat history between platforms. However, we offer the option of sending your chat history as an email attachment. Learn 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 an Android BlackBerry device. Earlier this month, BlackBerry announced that BB10 would be supported for “at least two” more years.
If you are a Windows Phone user, you should always get WhatsApp updates on Windows 10 Mobile devices. That said, since Windows 10 Mobile is dead, now is a great 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 Nokia S40 will be dropped 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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