One of the most popular instant messengers WhatsApp announced that it will no longer support the BlackBerry OS and Windows Phone 8.0 and older in 2018. Therefore, if your mobile device's operating system is one of the listed and you do not want to stop using Facebook to communicate with your friends and family members, act at your own peril and risk.
WhatsApp will continue to work on these devices, but stopping support means that users will no longer be able to create new accounts or re-verify existing accounts. The saddest thing is that the application can stop working at any time, as it was noted: “Because we will no longer actively develop for these platforms, some features may stop functioning at any time.”
But why does WhatsApp stop supporting these operating systems and devices?
“These platforms don’t offer the kind of capabilities we need to expand our app’s features in the future,” the statement said. In order not to lose users, the messaging service advice: “If you use one of these affected mobile devices, we recommend upgrading to a newer OS version, or to a newer Android running OS 4.0+, iPhone running iOS 7+, or Windows Phone 8.1+ so that you can continue using WhatsApp.”
You will not be able to use WhatsApp unless you uninstall the application on an unsupported device if you decide to save an existing phone and get a new one. As the platform noted, “Keep in mind that WhatsApp can only be activated with one phone number on one device at a time.”
WhatsApp also discards other devices, although the timeline is slightly larger. Nokia S40 will no longer be supported from December 31, 2018, while older Android devices (those older than version 2.3.7) will be dropped starting February 1, 2020. Currently, WhatsApp does not offer a tool for transferring chat history between platforms, but if you feel sentimental about your chat history, you can always export your messages as an attachment to an email.