WhatsApp could one day just stop working on your old phone and there’s nothing you can do but get a newer device. This is because WhatsApp no longer supports older mobile OS in 2018.
The following OS will no longer offer support for BlackBerry 10 and Windows Phone 8.0, starting with 31 December. This doesn’t mean that you won’t be able to use the app on these platform, but you won’t be able to re-verify accounts or create new ones. WhatsApp also claimed that their app might no longer function and this means that it’s time to upgrade.
In the last months WhatsApp has released some great features, like quick delete for the texts you send, live location sharing and new emojis. But old platforms are not capable to support what WhatsApp has planned for the future, so it’s time for them to move on and let go, if they want to go forward.
WhatsApp Recommends Users to Upgrade to a New OS/New Device
Blackberry will no longer have support for WhatsApp, so if you like to use this app, you should get an Android device. A good news for Windows Phone users is that if they have an 8.1 version of OS, they will still get to use the messaging app – it was time for some good news, after Microsoft let go of their OS.
WhatsApp has released an article, informing us of all the platforms that they will not support in 2018: Android OS older than 2.3.3, Windows Phone 7, iPhone 3GS/iOS 6, Nokia Symbian S60.
These next platforms will not let users create new accounts or re-verify existing accounts, but they can still use the app: BlackBerry 10, Windows Phone 8.0 and older – until December 31, 2017, Nokia S40 until December 31, 2018, Android versions 2.3.7 and older – until February 1, 2020.
If you want to upgrade to a new device, WhatsApp stated in their article that users cannot transfer their chat history between platforms, but they can send it in an email attachment.