How to get WhatsApp working again in Symbian S60 phones?

Update (July 21, 2017) – Unfortunately the trick described below does not work anymore. They have patched the “date changing” bug within 24 hours after we reported here. Now the app is giving errors like “Phone verification failed” or “not connected to internet” etc. If any of you has a workaround please share via comment. Otherwise the chances of WhatsApp working in Symbian phones now are NIL.

As we reported yesterday, WhatsApp stopped working in Symbian S60 phones on July 18, 2017. It came as a shock to many who are still using older Nokia S60 mobiles like Nokia 808, 5800XM, N8, E72, C5, C7, E7 etc. Despite frequent warnings “WhatsApp will no longer work in this phone after June 30, 2017…” many users continued to use it. And finally the doom’s day struck – on July 18, 2017 WhatsApp stopped completely.


Many of our readers contacted us to solve this problem as they “were devastated” by this WhatsApp blackout. So we tried to explore some methods to get it working again. Fortunately WhatsApp did not release an update for Symbian app to disable it. It is same old app version (2.16.57) which is not working now. So we thought it can be fooled by changing the phone date and this method actually worked! Here is how you can also get WhatsApp working again in your good old Symbian S60 mobile phone –

Simple method to get WhatsApp working again in Symbian S60 phones?

  • Set the phone date to any date before June 30, 2017 like June 15, 2017. But not too old, preferably not before May 2017. Make sure that the “Automatic time and date” option in the phone is set to “Off” under Time and date settings. If this option is “On” – the date and time will automatically set to current by mobile network.
  • Now close WhatsApp completely (simply exiting it will not work as WhatsApp continues to run in the background). To force close WhatsApp completely you can use WhatsApp modifier app or you can simply switch off and then restart the phone as it will also close and relaunch WhatsApp.
  • And bingo! WhatsApp will be fully functional again as it was running before July 18, 2017. Now you can send or receive messages as usual and back up your chats by sending them via email or Bluetooth.

But better hurry up as we do not know upto when this trick will work. It will eventually cease to work for sure. So we recommend that you backup all your chats and start using WhatsApp in a supported phone as soon as possible. We will also upload a video explaining this method soon.

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39 Responses to How to get WhatsApp working again in Symbian S60 phones?

  1. MusahMusah July 21, 2017 at 3:39 PM #

    It worked but the whatsapp will only be displaying connecting not connected

  2. Dash99 July 21, 2017 at 11:05 PM #

    Oops! It worked! I will at least jot down the contacts because I do not know how long it will last. I have work contacts that if I lose, it was already! The annoying thing is that WhatsApp implied with the Java platform, but do not know that a lot of people can not afford a cell phone of almost 2000.00 at hand, so it was for a Nokia Asha of life. A lack of respect with those who bought the phone and would have TELEGRAM one day resolve to make a java application because it is better and more efficient. There is an option in Zapp to use on the pc, but the old ones do not read QRCodes … .. Ahhhhhhhh A lot of antics cut the application!


  3. Koala July 22, 2017 at 2:58 AM #

    Unfortunatly they fixed this bug as well very quick (within two days!). The trick you discribe above was a nice one. I immediatly did it after midnight. Now the app asks for verification of my mobile number, which doesnt work because it assumes I dont have an internet connection, which is false of course. I hope somebody can find a gap in de system. I dont want/need al the extra features the app has on IoS of Android. Just let me stay in touch, with a simple version.

    • Shoaib December 15, 2017 at 12:30 AM #

      Sadly you are right dear. We don’t need fancy features in Symbian WhatsApp just a simple messaging app. Zuckerberg, are you listening?

  4. Steve July 22, 2017 at 3:39 AM #

    Looking to get it working on Nokia C7….

  5. Faisal July 22, 2017 at 12:58 PM #

    plz anyone tell me how to use whatsapp on Nokia N-8
    i also change my dates but still not working
    asking for registering failed mobile data something like that msgs
    pz solve this problem

    • Shoaib July 22, 2017 at 1:26 PM #

      Sorry! No solution to this problem now… Better use WhatsApp in a supported phone. It will work even in a S40 phone.

      • xhesakh November 23, 2017 at 8:24 AM #

        the S40 app is a Java applet which should work on S60/Symbian^3 too

        • Shoaib November 23, 2017 at 12:25 PM #

          I have tried but unfortunately it does not work giving “failed to initialize” error.

  6. Hanzla Aziz July 31, 2017 at 3:48 PM #

    I’m using Nokia E5, my problem is that whatsapp is not working in my mobile… plz help me and text me at this num +92303xxxxx

    • Shoaib July 31, 2017 at 6:22 PM #

      God damn it! I am getting irritated by writing the same answer again and again! Why don’t you guys understand? Didn’t you read the pop-up flashing in WhatsApp since last one year? Now you CAN NOT use Whatsapp in any Symbian phone anyhow.

  7. Nests99 August 1, 2017 at 12:25 AM #


    1. Upadate Your WhatsApp for 2.16.12 for Wi-Fi.
    2. Deactivate update date automatic for evoid what the automatic update original date for your mobile.
    3. Change your mobile date to the previous dates, but below the 20th or 21st of July.
    4. Turn off your cell phone.
    5. Turn it back on and join WhatsApp.

    Result: It will work, but will no longer update the order of contacts for outgoing messages and their status and profile phrase disappear (here it happens). You will still be able to send and receive: texts, videos, images and audios.

    Good look

  8. Nests99 August 1, 2017 at 2:39 AM #

    Dear Miserable of this site, I want to know if you will fucking suck forbidding me to pass the solution of WhatsApp problem to people. What I did worked yes! But if you are an asshole that gets in the way of people helping others, then your site and you are BOOKS! I wasted my time posting the solution, but I want to see you on YouTube prevent me from helping, TRY IT! DOUCHEBAG!

    • Shoaib August 3, 2017 at 1:27 PM #

      OK I have published your comment! You are a star, you have given the solution to the world. You are GOD. Happy???
      In fact you are an ASS**LE suffering from the Delusion of Grandeur! You don’t know what you are writing and want me to publish your crap here to fool people.

      What the hell is “Upadate Your WhatsApp for 2.16.12 for Wi-Fi.”?
      Where is version 2.16.12 of WhatsApp? (there was no such version for Symbian) and from where people will get it? You are FUC***NG miserable in writing English! For your information “Update” means installing a newer version; certainly not downgrading it. If by “Upadate” you mean installing an older version then provide the sis file.

      If you can’t write in English then why trying it? Use your native instead. Wake Up from the influence of weed!

  9. Usman August 17, 2017 at 11:44 PM #

    i have nokia C5-002 mobile phone my whatsapp is not working i have changed date and time but whatsapp shows again time and date is please tell me about whatsapp how to start whatsapp.. plz send me link or solution PLZZZZz

    • Shoaib August 18, 2017 at 12:23 AM #

      The “set time to back date” trick described above is not working now. They have patched the bug so you can’t use Whatsapp in any Symbian phone now. There is no way out. Sorry!

      • Usman August 18, 2017 at 4:42 PM #


  10. Hermanto October 25, 2017 at 11:48 PM #

    Yes in symbian every trick i try,but still not working,it’s must change the phone with newer,than it’s work,,, 😀 me nokia e63

  11. amal das October 30, 2017 at 6:32 PM #

    please help me… i can’t open whatsapp in my nokia 5800

    • Shoaib November 3, 2017 at 11:13 AM #

      Ask Mark Zuckerberg or kill him

  12. Shakti let December 5, 2017 at 11:38 PM #

    I have Nokia 5800 xpressmusic mobile phone whatsapp verification erorr(unable to connect.please chack that you are connected to the internet and try again.) Please Help Me

  13. f... whatsappp December 6, 2017 at 1:44 PM #

    why changing phone? just change app…. use ‘telegram’ the app…

    • Shoaib December 13, 2017 at 12:11 PM #

      FYI we are talking about Symbian here, not Android. Telegram is not available for Symbian OS

  14. Mark Zuckerberg December 14, 2017 at 3:29 PM #

    These comments are amazing.

    • Shoaib December 14, 2017 at 6:23 PM #

      Look who is here! Are you really MZ? If yes why did you do this to Symbian?

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