When it comes to messaging apps, WhatsApp Messenger remains to be one of the most popular choices for users. With its extensive support to Android, Windows Phone, Blackberry and iPhone devices, its users ballooned to more than 1 billion in February this year. Aside from these smartphones, this instant messaging app also supports Symbian and Nokia phones. While it is not available for old Java phones, it is still possible to install WhatsApp in Nokia Asha phone series, although not all.
While Android phones and iPhones dominate the scene, there are still a great number of people who have Nokia phones, like in India. Nokia used to be a household name and the number one distributor of GSM phones for so many years, before smartphones from Samsung, Blackberry and iPhones entered the picture. That said, it is not a surprise that many phone users prefer to hold on to their Nokia phones.
With the goal of WhatsApp to have a broader market base, they made sure that some of the phones in the Asha series and the like are supported. And while it is not as easy to install this app in Nokia phones which are not smartphones, it is possible.
In the case of Asha 501, the latest software comes with the pre-installed app. To install, go to settings and choose “phone update”. To download phone updates, mobile data will be used. After download, the phone will restart. When it turns on again, WhatsApp icon will appear in the home screen and is ready to use.
Other phones in the Asha series that are supported by WhatsApp messenger include Nokia Asha 502, 503, 305, 200, 202, 205, 210, 230, 300, 305, 306, 308 and 311. To install the app, it should be first downloaded onto the phone and the .jar and .jad files need to be saved. Next, these files should be installed from the location where it was copied.
However, by the end of this year, WhatsApp will not work on some Asha phones, Blackberry, Symbian phones and Android phones with earlier OS versions, Windows 7.1 as well as 3G iPhones and those with iOS 6. The discontinued support will also affect Nokia Asha phones. But there is still time to enjoy the features of WhatsApp before 2017 so if you have one of these phones, you can still make the most of it.
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