WhatsApp could stop working on your smartphone by the end of this year. WhatsApp will stop working on millions of smartphones using outdated operating systems after December 30, 2016. This means that owners of old phones including iPhone 3GS and other devices running Android 2.1, Android 2.2 and Windows Phone 7 operating system will not be able to use the free services of WhatsApp by the end of this year.
WhatsApp announced this news on its official blog.
WhatsApp could stop working on your smartphone as there are millions of people still using these outdated mobile platforms for which WhatsApp will be ending its support by Dec 2016:
- Android 2.1 and Android 2.2
- Windows Phone 7
- iPhone 3GS/iOS 6
And for these mobile platforms, WhatsApp will end its support by June 2017:
- BlackBerry OS and BlackBerry 10
- Nokia S40
- Nokia Symbian S60
If you are the user of one of these affected mobile devices, you should upgrade to a newer Android, iPhone, or Windows Phone before the end of 2016 to continue using WhatsApp.
WhatsApp has been rolling out updates to feature greater security and increased functionality. However, these updates aren’t supported by older cellphones that have outdated hardware and operating systems.
WhatsApp is the most popular cross platform messaging app which is now 7 years old having more than 1 billion users. It was incorporated in 2009 by Brian Acton and Jan Koum. Facebook bought WhatsApp in February 2014 for approximately $ 19.3 billion.