WhatsApp to stop operating on thousands of smartphone models from today

31st December 2019

The messaging service will no longer be supporting old versions of Android, iOS and the Windows Phone OS.

WhatsApp, one of the most popular messaging services around the globe, will be ending its support for older operating systems. This will impact smartphones that use Android, iOS as well as the Windows Phone OS.

The messaging service, owned by Facebook, confirmed that it now only supports devices running Android OS 4.0.3+, iPhone running iOS 9+ and select phones running KaiOS 2.5.1+, including JioPhone and JioPhone 2.

From today, 31 December 2019, WhatsApp will no longer be supported on the Windows Phone operating system as it no longer develops for that OS. From February 2020, iPhones running iOS8 and Android phones with software versions 2.3.7 or older will also be affected.

One of the phones to be impacted by this move is the Nokia Lumia, which is the last to use the Windows operating system created by Microsoft.

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WhatsApp to stop operating on thousands of smartphone models from today