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A handful of users around the world have stated some complaints regarding the fact that WhatsApp has suddenly stopped working on their respective devices. If you are put in the situation of facing the same problem, bad news awaits. If you want to make use of this popular messaging app you might want to upgrade its software or completely replace it with a newer one.

WhatsApp stated that they will cut all the support of outdated smartphones as of the end of 2016. The devices which run Android 2.1, Android 2.2, Windows Phone 7 and the iPhone 3GS will not be able to use the app after December 31st .

Being the most popular messaging app as of the last seven years has been busy with issuing updates which bring increased stability and security features as well as making it more practical and functional. These updates are simply too much to handle on older devices as they don’t pack the power to run them.

Users that sport devices which run under BlackBerry OS, BlackBerry, Nokia S40, Symbian S60 have just dodged a bullet as they will continue to enjoy support from WhatsApp up to June 30th this year. These affected devices should be upgraded to a newer version of software or entirely, as even the developers is recommending doing so in a blog post.

No matter which messaging app you continue to use, we strongly recommend having the latest updates which are made available on your device. If you cannot update your software and still have issues running a certain app we also recommend replacing your device completely as developers are continuously shutting down support for them and this may lead to unwanted security issues.