WhatsApp has gone a long way since it was first introduced in 2009. It was a popular messaging platform for thousands of users and by 2014, the app was acquired by Facebook. Since then, the user base ballooned to more than a billion. Initially only available for the iPhone, WhatsApp can now be enjoyed by users of the most popular mobile platforms in the world, including Microsoft Windows Phone.
WhatsApp on the Microsoft Windows Phone platform
A number of phones around the world are running on the Windows Phone platform but only a handful of those can install WhatsApp. In a blog post, the Support Team of WhatsApp announced that by the end of 2016, the app would no longer be supported on Windows Phone 7.
Although users of WhatsApp on the Windows Phone 7 could still use the app until the end of 2016, they could no longer create an account on the device or even move an account after July 1, 2016.
Can WhatsApp still be installed on a Windows Phone?
The answer is YES. However, the following requirements need to be met:
- The Windows Phone platform must be 8 or higher.
- The phone needs to have an active internet connection.
Are the Lumia devices supported?
The best way to answer this question is to know what version of Windows Phone a particular Lumia device runs on. Here are the devices referenced in the title of this post:
- Nokia Lumia 510 – Microsoft Windows Phone 7.8
- Nokia Lumia 520 – Microsoft Windows Phone 8
- Nokia Lumia 535 – Microsoft Windows Phone 8.1
- Nokia Lumia 635 – Microsoft Windows Phone 8.1
Looking at that least, it look like only the Nokia Lumia 510 didn’t hit the minimum requirements.
How to Install WhatsApp on Nokia Lumia devices?
First, check if your device is running Windows Phone 8 or higher and has an active connection to the internet. When both checks are successful, go to the Microsoft Store to download the latest version of WhatsApp.
WhatsApp is a powerful tool to have on your phone and Windows Phone users will be treated to new features in 2017.
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