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WhatsApp to stop running on older smartphones

WhatsApp will no longer run on older smartphones
WhatsApp will no longer run on older smartphones

From January 2017 messaging service WhatsApp will start phasing out support for older mobile device platforms. The changes will affect older Windows, Android, Apple, Blackberry and Nokia.

The reasoning behind WhatsApp’s decision is that the older smartphone platforms can no longer keep up with the latest features being rolled out for the app.

In the early stages of their evolution, most smartphones used the platforms offered by Blackberry and Nokia. Now the situation is very different with platforms from Google, Apple and Microsoft being the preferred platform for most smartphones.

WhatsApp pointed out that the affected smartphones don’t offer the kind of capabilities WhatsApp need to expand their app’s features in the future, although the Nokia Symbian open source operating system, launched in 2007, is the oldest operating system that can run the app.

WhatsApp was launched in 2009 when seven out of ten had operating systems offered by Blackberry and Nokia, but it is now used by more than one billion people worldwide on a diverse range of smartphone platforms.

Read the full list of affected platforms below to find out if you may have to treat yourself to an upgrade this Christmas.

Mobile phones that will no longer be able to use WhatsApp

By the end of this year Whatsapp will no longer work on:

– Android 2.1 and 2.2

– Windows Phone 7

– iPhone 3GS/iOS 6

In June 2017, WhatsApp will no longer be supported for:

– BlackBerry

– Nokia S40

– Nokia Symbian S60

Useful WhatsApp tricks

WhatsApp to make significant changes
WhatsApp to make significant changes

See when your messages are read: Go to a chat, tap and hold on any of the messages you’ve sent, followed by the info option.

Mute group chats: Tap on the group chat and the name to bring up ‘Group Info’, where you will find the option to ‘Mute’ the chat for eight hours to one week or even a year.

Shortcuts to conversations: Tap and hold on the chat and a tab will pop up.

Select the ‘Add Conversation Shortcut’ option and the chat in question will appear as the person’s profile photo on your mobile desk top – can only be used by Android users.

Send public messages privately: On the top-left hand corner just below the search bar, you’ll notice a ‘Broadcast Lists’.

Tap on it for the option to create a new list of contacts you want your message to go out to, and message away like you would normally.

Make calls: Make sure you’re using the latest version of WhatsApp.

You should see a new ‘Calls’ tab alongside the usual ‘Chats’ and ‘Contacts’.

Just send a voice call invite to another WhatsApp user and you’ll be chatting away in no time.

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