WhatsApp to end support for Symbian, BlackBerry and other older mobile platforms on Dec. 31, 2016

Update (December 2016) – WhatsApp has extended support for Nokia Symbian phones until June 30, 2017 – read more details in this post.

WhatsApp to end support for Symbian, BlackBerry, S40 and WP 7.1 phones

Bad news for old mobile phone users – the popular messaging app WhatsApp may stop working in your phone by the end of 2016. WhatsApp has officially declared that it will stop supporting following older mobile OSes –

Whatsapp nokia symbian

Symbian S60 (all versions)

Nokia S40 and other Java J2ME platforms

BlackBerry including BlackBerry 10 OS

Older Android versions like 2.1 and 2.2

Windows Phone 7.1

The reason is best explained in an official blog-post by WhatsApp team

While these mobile devices have been an important part of our story, they don’t offer the kind of capabilities we need to expand our app’s features in the future.

This was a tough decision for us to make, but the right one in order to give people better ways to keep in touch with friends, family, and loved ones using WhatsApp. If you use one of these affected mobile devices, we recommend upgrading to a newer Android, iPhone, or Windows Phone before the end of 2016 to continue using WhatsApp.

Unfortunately these platforms are no longer under development and their user-base is rapidly declining. So it’s a correct decision to stop wasting resources on the app development for such dead platforms. App developers are leaving these once-popular mobile platforms one by one. And soon these smartphones of yester-years will become feature phones capable of performing only basic functions.

Update (July 2016) – A notification saying “Unfortunately, you won’t be able to use WhatsApp after 31/12/2016 because WhatsApp will no longer support your phone” is now showing at “About” page of WhatsApp in Symbian and other such phones. Besides this message is also appearing as a pop up every now and then. There is a Learn more link at the end of this message which leads to the above blog post.

The “modern” alternatives (Android, iPhone, Windows)

We also recommend that if you are still using an older mobile running any of the above OS, it is time to switch to a latest Android phone, iPhone or Windows (though I do not like the latter two). We have some suggestions for you if you want to switch right now. You may want to have a look at some of the affordable 3 GB RAM or 4 GB RAM Android phones. Or have a look at some 6 GB RAM premium, high-end droids if money is not a problem.

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11 Responses to WhatsApp to end support for Symbian, BlackBerry and other older mobile platforms on Dec. 31, 2016

  1. victor June 20, 2016 at 11:21 AM #

    Whatsapp reason is just crap, blackberry 10 is far more effective than andoid and IOS. The latter reigns simply because it is an app based phone but for you to insinuate that blackberry will become a feature phone simply because whatsapp pulled out is just unfortunate. If blackberry can’t do shit, why is the american government and other nation’s govt still uses them or don’t they know of android or the almighty apple. I’m a proud blackberry user and will always be.

    • Shoaib June 21, 2016 at 12:43 AM #

      You are right dear! BlackBerry OS is a great (stable, secure and user friendly) mobile platform and it’s huge fan following supports this fact. Unfortunately however the Canadian company does not seem to be interested in sustaining the development of their celebrated OS in the future. They have already started the switch to Android via BB Priv phone. So WhatsApp is not the only reason I suggested for the painful switch.

  2. n. user June 21, 2016 at 7:55 AM #

    I have a lot of apps on Nokia 808 that are not supported anymore, opera browser for one but they still work. Do they mean they are switching off at the server or just ceasing to update the app on older platforms.

    • Shoaib June 21, 2016 at 12:36 PM #

      Unfortunately they are switching off the server for these WhatsApp clients. Just like you I have many apps working in my N8 but many have stopped working like Profimail, Google search app, Bolt browser, YouTube downloader apps, Nokia Store etc.

  3. n.user June 22, 2016 at 12:34 AM #

    I am relatively happy with functionality of my 808. I have four facebook apps and tweetian. I use cutetube to download youtube videos and dlna to watch them on tv. I mostly use uc browser as i believe it and web duo browser are the last still supported. I use quickmail app which works on all the email clients. And most importantly i can still upload pics and videos to facebook so im happy to date.

  4. n.user June 22, 2016 at 1:45 AM #

    Hi, my 808 is fully useable with facebook apps , tweetian and cutetube for downloading youtube videos and quickmail for emails also uc browser is still supported as well as web sesrch duo. Im quite happy with its continued functionalit

    • Shoaib June 22, 2016 at 5:46 PM #

      You are a great Symbian fan Sir. Hats off

      • n.user June 23, 2016 at 8:16 PM #

        Thank you. I just want to add that i use bing quite a lot as it renders the pages well i find. I have it bookmarked in uc browser. Like me i am sure you will be interested to see what happens when connecting symbian phone to the inevitable new nokia suite that will have to come when they launch the new nokia albeit an android one later this year i believe. I must be a fan of lost causes becsuse my other favourite phone is samsung wave 3 running bada operating system and samsung could i believe so easily have updated that phone to tizen but chose not to. Ah well lets hope it has a top notch camera..pureview?

  5. Fnetv1 June 22, 2016 at 1:41 PM #

    For those users still interested in continuing to use wattsapp in blackberry you can still do so, but this will require you to create a server (and leave it running somewhet inyour house) where these apps will run and the installation of a front end app into your blackberry that will connect to your server to interact with wattsapp currently running in your server

  6. Mr. Khaled January 21, 2017 at 2:47 AM #

    Hi sir, can you tell me whether Nokia will get updated WhatsApp now. My phone is not working to what is now the old WhatsApp my mobile phone model symbian os nokia 6120c

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