Instant messaging app WhatsApp has updated its support feature, updating the list of smartphones that will stop working soon. In the run-up to the offering better service to consumers, the Facebook-owned chat messenger will reportedly stop working on a host of devices. The latest update from the messaging company has confirmed that the list of devices would no longer be compatible with the messaging app.
Many old devices will not be able to run WhatsApp as they will fail to meet the requirements for new features that the company is coming up with. The company said some devices will not be able to run WhatsApp with immediate effect while other devices will lose support by end of 2018.
The company said, “These platforms don’t offer the kind of capabilities we need to expand our app’s features in the future. If you use one of these affected mobile devices, we recommend upgrading to a newer iOS version, or to a newer Android running OS.”
The reason, WhatsApp says is because “we’ll no longer actively develop for these operating systems, some features might stop functioning at any time”.
The following operating systems are no longer supported:
- Android versions older than 2.3.3
- Windows Phone 8.0 and older
- iPhone 3GS/iOS 6
- Nokia Symbian S60
- BlackBerry OS and BlackBerry 10
For the following operating systems, you can no longer create new accounts. However, you’ll be able to continue using WhatsApp on:
- Nokia S40 until December 31, 2018
- Android versions 2.3.7 and older until February 1, 2020
- iOS 7 and older until February 1, 2020
If you currently use an older operating system, WhatsApp recommends upgrading to a newer version, or to one of the following:
- Android running OS 4.0+
- iPhone running iOS 8+
- Windows Phone 8.1+
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, WhatsApp provides the option to send your chat history attached to an email.