WhatsApp block may stop app working on your smartphone tomorrow
There’s some bad news coming for some WhatsApp fans if you don't typically keep yourself updated on all the news regarding the world’s most popular communication app.
Though it's been known for some months that the app would end its support for a number of smartphones in 2020, the day is almost finally upon us and it will leave millions unable to send or receive messages.
Such is the rate at which smartphones and apps are improving year on year it's no surprise that the Facebook-owned firm has to occasionally end support for older models with each year that passes.
In the past this has meant dropping WhatsApp support for handsets like several Nokia phones and Blackberry as their influence dwindled.
In 2020, WhatsApp will stop supporting certain Apple iOS and Android devices, forcing millions to essentially stop using the service or buy a new phone.
But in the more immediate future there's another group of smartphones who are more imminently impacted.
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Anyone using a Windows phone will be unable to utilise WhatsApp on December 31.
It's unclear exactly what time support will end, but safe to say, we don't think you'll be able to send or receive any New Years Day messages from friends or family.
In a statement on their blog WhatsApp explained the decision, telling users:
"As we look ahead to our next seven years, we want to focus our efforts on the mobile platforms the vast majority of people use. So, by the end of 2016, we will be ending support for WhatsApp Messenger on some mobile platforms
"While these mobile devices have been an important part of our story, they don't offer the kind of capabilities we need to expand our app's features in the future.
"This was a tough decision for us to make, but the right one in order to give people better ways to keep in touch with friends, family, and loved ones using WhatsApp.
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As mentioned previously, WhatsApp is also scheduled to stop supporting on a variety of Apple iOS and Android phones too.
A full list of smartphones that will no longer be supported can be found just below, as per an update posted to the WhatsApp support page recently.
Those of you still reeling from the news about your out of date Windows phone shouldn't be too surprised, mind. Microsoft gave up on its smartphone efforts several years ago.
But if you're particularly wedded to the idea of keeping a phone that's not made by the likes of Samsung or Apple, then good news because Microsoft surprised the industry with plans to make a return in 2020.
In October earlier this year, the firm revealed early details about a new foldable device known as the Surface Duo.
That being said, it's expected to run on Android OS instead of the Microsoft-developed operating system. Still, it's something.
Keep reading for those details of when WhatsApp support is ending in 2020 for iOS and Android.
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Smartphones that previously stopped supporting WhatsApp include:
• Nokia Symbian S60 after June 30, 2017
• BlackBerry OS and BlackBerry 10 after December 31, 2017
• Nokia S40 after December 31, 2018
Smartphones that will soon stop supporting WhatsApp include:
• All Windows Phone operating systems after December 31, 2019
• Android versions 2.3.7 and older after February 1, 2020
• iPhone iOS 7 and older after February 1, 2020
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