How Can You Download WhatsApp for Nokia Asha?
If you’ve just heard of WhatsApp now, or if you have just decided to use it, you might think that you’re late to the party. Well, this is kind of true since WhatsApp has been around for several years and has even reached one billion users. But remember: it’s never too late since you can download and use the popular messaging app whenever and wherever you want!
This is true even if you own a Nokia Asha since WhatsApp supports Nokia phones that run either on Nokia S40 or Symbian. There are two ways to get your hands on this app: download it from the Nokia Store or get it directly from the WhatsApp website.
If you choose the first option, just open the Nokia Store app on your phone and search for “WhatsApp S40”. Browse through the search results to find the app named “WhatsApp S40 Messenger” and click on the “Install” button. Just follow the instructions that would appear on the screen to download and install the app.
If you decide to get the app from the WhatsApp website, just pull up a web browser on your Nokia Asha phone and type http://www.whatsapp.com/s40/ on the address bar. Alternatively, you can search for the WhatsApp site using a search engine and navigating to the S40 download page. Once you get to the page, click the “Download” button and follow the instructions to install the app in your phone.
If you download WhatsApp from the website now, you’ll be able to get version 2.16.38. This version doesn’t really bring new features to the app, so you won’t be able to enjoy voice calling and other services that are available for iOS and Android devices. However, the updated version brings additional security and stability to the app and prevents frequent crashes, which Nokia Asha users have been complaining of. 2.16.38 is still a beta version so there might be some glitches in this performance, but these should be taken care of when the stable version is released.
Here’s what you should know, though: in 2017, WhatsApp will no longer be supporting Nokia Asha phones as well as devices that run on Nokia Symbian, Blackberry, Windows Phone 7.1, and Android 2.1 and Android 2.2. According to their blog, these platforms are no longer popular among mobile device users and don’t have the capability to support the future improvements that WhatsApp plans to make. So, if you want to continue using WhatsApp next year and beyond, you’ll need to upgrade from a Nokia Asha phone to an iOS or Android device.