WhatsApp will drop BlackBerry OS and Windows Phone support on December 31

December 29th, 2017
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The Facebook-owned app will end support for BlackBerry OS (including

BlackBerry 10) and Windows Phone 8.0 (and older) on December 31, 2017.


														
							

The end of support doesn’t mean WhatsApp will no longer function on these platforms. That said, you will no longer be able to create new accounts or re-verify existing accounts. Furthermore, WhatsApp warns: “Because we will no longer actively develop for these platforms, some features may stop functioning at any time.”

If you’re a BlackBerry user and want to keep getting WhatsApp updates, you’ll need to switch to an Android-powered BlackBerry device. Earlier this month, BlackBerry shared that BB10 will be supported for “at least two” more years.

If you’re a Windows Phone user, you should still get WhatsApp updates on Windows 10 Mobile devices. That said, given that Windows 10 Mobile is dead, this is as good a time as any to switch to Android or iOS.

WhatsApp announced a similar move at the end of 2016, ending support for older mobile operating systems including from BlackBerry and Nokia. In fact, BlackBerry 10 was supposed to be on the cutting block, but WhatsApp kept support around for another year.

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