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WhatsApp will stop working on Windows phones later this year

The messaging service quietly announced its intentions to scrap support for Windows in an old blog post

WhatsApp has ended its support for Windows phones. Reuters
WhatsApp has ended its support for Windows phones. Reuters

WhatsApp has announced its intentions to discontinue support for all smartphones running the Windows operating system.

In an update perhaps intended to go under the radar, the messaging app slipped the news into an old blog post first published in February 2016. The post had originally announced its intent to end support for several varieties of smartphone – including the iPhone 3GS and BlackBerry 10.

In an update attached this week further down the original post, which at this point is three years old, WhatsApp added to that list.

It announced the messaging app would be withdrawn on the following platforms:

  • All Windows Phone operating systems after December 31, 2019
  • Android versions 2.3.7 and older after February 1, 2020
  • iPhone iOS 7 and older after February 1, 2020

"Because we will no longer actively develop for these platforms, some features may stop functioning at any time," the company wrote.

The Windows Phone operating system was developed by Microsoft and launched in October 2010.

But in January 2019, the company announced it would end its support for the software in December 2019, and suggested customers should migrate to iOS or Android phones.

Updated: May 9, 2019 10:54 AM