With over one billion users, WhatsApp is definitely a widely used app. While popular makers like Samsung and Apple do support the app on several of their phones, what about other phones that are deemed as old? Do users of those devices get to enjoy the benefits enjoyed by Android and iOS users?
To answer those questions, we have to understand what constitutes an old phone. Is it those phones that can’t download apps? Is it phones released from a certain year? Truth be told, it’s quite difficult to answer the question in a straightforward manner as there’s lots of factors that go into something being called old. But we can start at looking at the devices that have lost WhatsApp support.
Devices no longer supported by WhatsApp
Even though WhatsApp will no longer be supported on several devices beginning sometime in 2017, users might still be able to use the app but will no longer receive updates. But this might not be the case for others.
In a blog post, the Support Team of WhatsApp announced that support will be terminated for a few devices by the end of 2016. However, that post was updated to mention that support for the devices given the plug was extended to June 30, 2017. Despite the extension, the meaning is clear: there will be devices losing WhatsApp support. What are these devices?
The Android FAQ page on WhatsApp’s official site lists down the minimum requirements needed to run the app. There are only two, and these are:
- Android version 2.3 or newer
- Android phone that can receive SMS or calls (needed during the verification process)
This means that Android 2.1 and Android 2.2 will no longer be supported by WhatsApp. What this means is that phones released between 2010 and 2011 that haven’t received any updates will be affected.
Blackberry OS and Blackberry 10 were among the devices included in the list of devices that will no longer receive WhatsApp support by the end of 2016. However, the WhatsApp team announced that support for the devices will be extended until June 30, 2017.
The only model from the iOS family to make the list was the iPhone 3GS. In terms of iOS version, the post made it clear that phones running on iOS 6 won’t have WhatsApp support. The iPhone 3GS and phones with iOS 6 will lose support at the end of 2016.
Nokia S40 and Nokia Symbian S60 were among the devices that won’t have WhatsApp Support when 2016 ends. However, just like the Blackberry devices mentioned above, support was extended until June 30, 2017.
WhatsApp is no longer supported on Windows Phone 7, a certainty that was made real at the end of 2016. However, devices running on Windows Phone 8 or higher can still use WhatsApp.
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