WhatsApp for Symbian updated to version 2.16.57

Update – WhatsApp will end support for old mobile platforms including Symbian and S40 by the end of 2016. It was officially declared in a recent post at WhatsApp blog. Read more about this here.

WhatsApp for Symbian got an update to version 2.16.57 recently. WhatsApp is one of the very few apps left now for Symbian which are still getting official updates. Rest of the app publishers have stopped the development of their apps for “now-dead” mobile OS. This is indeed a sad state of affairs considering the fact that millions of users (especially in developing countries of Asia and Africa) are still using Symbian^3/Belle based phones. Microsoft has already discontinued every online service related to Symbian including the original Nokia Store website and app. Thus it is not possible now for developers to update any app via Nokia (Ovi) Store.

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What is new in WhatsApp 2.16.9?
No official change-log is available for the new version. However we have noticed a new message displaying under chats which reads “Messages you send to this chat are now secured with end-to-end encryption. Click for more info“. Touching on this message further says “……which means Whatsapp and 3rd parties can’t read them”. A “Learn more” link is also given at the end of this message. This end-to-end encryption feature is available when the latest version of Whatsapp is installed on both ends (receiver and sender). So now you can be rest assured about the privacy of your messages sent or received.

How to update? – If you have a Symbian phone with WhatsApp installed then launch it (phone must be connected to internet) – WhatsApp has a built-in automatic update-check function – it will notify you of the available update. Besides you can also manually check for update via Menu – Settings – Updates – Check for updates – wait for a while as the app checks and shows the available update – if available select the “Install update” button – wait as the new version is downloaded and installed. Alternatively you can also download the latest version of WhatsApp for Symbian (sis file) free from the official site.

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17 Responses to WhatsApp for Symbian updated to version 2.16.57

  1. Sanan December 17, 2015 at 6:35 AM #

    and thank you for keeping news for symbian

    • Roohi December 17, 2015 at 12:27 PM #

      You are welcome dear 🙂

      • Ashok October 2, 2016 at 3:57 PM #

        My phone nokia 6120c whatsapp not support why

        • Shoaib October 2, 2016 at 6:11 PM #

          Nokia 6120 is a Symbian phone and is mentioned in the list of supported devices at the official https://www.whatsapp.com/nokia page. Perhaps the problem is with your phone – a hard reset (type *#7370# at the dialer) may fix this issue.

  2. junaid December 22, 2015 at 3:47 AM #

    i want voice calllllllllllllllllllllll

    • Roohi December 23, 2015 at 12:47 AM #

      I don’t think it (voice calling) will ever make to the Symbian version of WhatsApp 🙁

  3. josh December 25, 2015 at 12:08 AM #

    i hate when microsoft neglect old things………………………………….. i mean atleast do something fair to nokia n8 like voice calling 🙁

  4. late808 March 16, 2016 at 2:45 AM #

    Such a shame they (whatsapp ) are ending support for symbian at end of 2016 though.

  5. nick dero April 7, 2016 at 9:08 AM #

    so sad that it aint changed . why updated it when its just the same as the older version??

  6. Laura July 1, 2016 at 10:00 PM #

    Hmmm those people are going to lose so many customers especially in Ghana and Nigeria.

  7. late808 October 2, 2016 at 6:20 PM #

    I have already uninstalled whatsapp from my 808. It seemed to deplete my battery daily and was always on. At least facebook messenger works.

    • Shoaib October 2, 2016 at 6:39 PM #

      Due to it’s always ON nature Whatsapp uses a lot of battery. However you may use Whatsapp modifier app in Symbian to close down Whatsapp anytime. I use it and it saves a lot of battery. This allows us to use Whatsapp only when we launch it just like other apps.

  8. late808 October 2, 2016 at 6:47 PM #

    Hi, i was aware there was an app to close it but because of the short life on symbian of whatsapp decided not to bother.The 808 is no longer my main daily phone to be honest but i do take it out when i go family weddings and other functions were i want quality photo and video memories. I use cutetube quite a lot as it has a download feature which allows me to then use dlna to watch youtube videos on the tv.

    • Shoaib October 2, 2016 at 7:08 PM #

      Right said Sir almost everyone has moved over now. I also occasionally use N808 and N8 now just because I love their cameras (and of course Symbian!). Thanks for your feedback!

  9. shailesh November 5, 2016 at 7:28 AM #

    but i m still using nokia e6 and nokia n79 regularly. I also uses nokia n9. Little bit upset whatsapp ending support. But im using tv out fm transmitter everthing.

  10. LIL CHUKZ November 12, 2016 at 1:47 PM #

    pls i think the whatsapp company should not discountinue #Whatsapp from”2017″ next year becus, some countries do not have new phones & even if they have,, not all people can afford it, pls think of this, & also think of the loss whatsapp company will get of over 3million whatsapp users stop using whatsapp, pls let whatsapp be supported for both the old phones and new once. #Think of all these & concider

  11. abdulkarim January 24, 2017 at 6:01 AM #

    pls do smthng about our symbian phones,bcox now its no longer supporting watsapp

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