WhatsApp extends support for Nokia S40 until December 2018 (but not for Symbian S60)

WhatsApp to continue supporting Nokia/Microsoft S40 phones till 2018

Update (June 2017) – WhatsApp has (again) revised the end-of-support timeline for older mobile platforms recently. In an update to “WhatsApp support for mobile devices” blog post, WhatsApp extended the deadline for all except Symbian S60. The newly declared end-of-support deadlines for various mobile platforms are as follows –

Nokia Symbian S60 June 30, 2017 (no change)
Blackberry OS and BB 10 December 31, 2017
Windows Phone 8 and older – December 31, 2017
Nokia S40 December 31, 2018
Android version 2.3.7 and older – February 1, 2020

whatsapp s40 blogUnfortunately Symbian S60 was not lucky this time – as declared earlier WhatsApp will stop working in these phones after 30 June, 2017. This may be because S40 is still under development and supported by Microsoft. But the same is not true about Symbian S60 – Microsoft has abandoned it long time back.

Following is the older post published in December 2016

Good news for older Nokia mobile phone users! WhatsApp has extended the deadline of ending support for Symbian S60/S40 (and Blackberry) for another 6 months. Which means you can continue using the popular messenger app in your Symbian S60/S40 phone until June 30, 2017. This information has been added recently (as an update) at the official WhatsApp Support for mobile devices blog post. This post was published back in February 2016 announcing the end of support for certain older mobile platforms on December 31, 2016.

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There are still substantial number of users of such devices around the world (especially in developing countries) and WhatsApp does not want to lose them after all. The earlier announcement of year-end deadline was a strategy to encourage old phone users to switch to newer phones. But things did not materialize as per their expectations forcing them to extend the deadline.

BlackBerry phones also get WhatsApp support 

Besides Symbian, WhatsApp will also continue to support old BlackBerry OS and BlackBerry 10 devices until June next year. So it is kind of a Christmas gift from team-WhatsApp to all Nokia (Symbian^3, Anna/Belle, S60v3, S60v5, S40, ASHA), BlackBerry phone users. These devices will also continue to get app updates until mid-2017 – do not expect Video calling though at these devices. However this decision does not apply to some other old mobile platforms like Android 2.1 and 2.2, Windows Phone 7 and iPhone 3GS/iOS 6 (there is very little user base remaining of such devices). You may read this post to know about the latest version of WhatsApp for Symbian.

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5 Responses to WhatsApp extends support for Nokia S40 until December 2018 (but not for Symbian S60)

  1. David March 29, 2017 at 5:30 PM #

    Great – just took my Nokia E90 out of its drawer for a bit of fun yesterday and just got this working (its been a slow day at work!)

    Sorry bit off topic but what is the latest version of Symbian that I can installed on an E90?

    • Shoaib April 1, 2017 at 1:25 AM #

      Hi, glad to hear that! Regarding the latest Symbian firmware version for E90 – it depends upon the model (product code) you have. You can check these details by typing *#0000# at standby screen.

      • chupah July 19, 2017 at 8:58 PM #

        its unfair for us i love n8

        • andy August 5, 2017 at 9:04 AM #

          so unfair for nokia n8 series users. Symbian s60 is such a powerful OS. i never had any bug freeze or hang. like shitdroid does. Or even IOS where i cannot even open music or anything cause of the loop reboot issue .

  2. Marc May 5, 2017 at 3:33 PM #

    Incidentally, since the whole Whatsapp system broke down yesterday reported in the news, I’ve suddenly stopped getting that annoying message says “Whatsapp will stop functioning after December 31….”, which for a time was annoying each time a ‘learn more’ website covered my chat window. Now it seems to be working on my Symbian S60 like it did last year 2016.
    Why do I still use Nokia on S60? Still better than Android. Battery life lasts all day easily without need recharge. Has a brilliant quality camera much better than any Android photo I’ve ever seen and because I don;t have access to WIFI I pay for every megabyte, With the Symbian OS there’s no continual ‘updates’ burning up the data,

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