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.