Which phones will WhatsApp stop working on? These are the devices which will not support WhatsApp from January 1 2018
WhatsApp has become one of the most popular messaging services to date over the past few years due to its ability to work on all devices – something which iMessage does not have.
Some phone users will have to say goodbye to the app from January 1 2018 though.
The service was bought by Facebook in 2016 but 2018 will see it become incompatible for older devices.
The reason behind this is that when the service was founded in 2009, the mobile landscape was very different. Back then, everybody thought a Blackberry was the phone to have but now they are seldom seen.
“About 70% of smartphones sold at the time had operating systems offered by BlackBerry and Nokia,” the company explained.
“Mobile operating systems offered by Google, Apple and Microsoft – which account for 99.5% of sales today – were on less than 25% of mobile devices sold at the time.”
So which phones will WhatsApp stop working on?
The full list of unsupported devices from January 1 2018:
BlackBerry OS and BlackBerry 10
Android 2.1 and Android 2.2
Windows Phone 7 (and any phone using Windows 8 or older)
iPhone 3GS/iOS 6
In the future
Nokia S40 (from December next year)
Android 2.3.7 and older (from February 2020)