As announced earlier, WhatsApp, the most popular and widely used instant messaging app will end its support for old software platforms like BlackBerry OS, BlackBerry 10, Nokia S40, and Nokia S60 platforms from June 30. So if you are among those still using a phone with these software platforms, then it’s time to upgrade your smartphone if you want to use the messaging platform or find alternatives of WhatsApp that supports your phone.
Last year, the company had announced that it will drop support for a few platforms. As said, the company did end the support for Android 2.2 Froyo, iOS 6, and Windows Phone 7 in December 2016. However, WhatsApp had extended the time for the aging BlackBerry and Nokia software from December 2016 to June 2017.
The Facebook-owned company has also advised the users who want to keep chatting with friends via WhatsApp, to upgrade to a newer operating system or a new device. WhatsApp in its support page has mentioned why it is ending its support to those smartphones, which said:
“These platforms don’t offer the kind of capabilities we need to expand our app’s features in the future. If you use one of these affected mobile devices, we recommend upgrading to a newer OS version, or to a newer Android running OS 2.3.3+, iPhone running iOS 7+, or Windows Phone 8+ so that you can continue using WhatsApp.”
The messaging service provider also clarifies that currently there is no way users can transfer their chat history between platforms though the company will provide the option to send their chat history attached to an email if requested by users. You can head to WhatsApp’s Support page to understand the steps.