WhatsApp has confirmed plans to drop support for Nokia S40 in December 2018, and iOS 7 and Android Gingerbread in February 2020.
After this deadline, WhatsApp users will no longer be able to send or receive text messages, voice or video calls within the popular chat app.
As a result, WhatsApp users with an iPhone 4 or older will be forced to either upgrade to a new phone, or find an alternative to the world’s most popular chat app.
WhatsApp has set the same deadline for Android smartphone owners running version 2.3.7 and older, known as ‘Gingerbread’.
Following the announcement of the end of support, WhatsApp stopped new users setting up an account with the messaging service on either iOS 7 or Android Gingerbread handsets.
Existing accounts can send and receive messages until the end of support date.
However, WhatsApp has warned that some features could stop working at any time between now and the final deadline in early 2020.
Handsets that will no longer support WhatsApp after February 2020
- iPhone 3G
- iPhone 3GS
- iPhone 4
- Google Nexus One
- Samsung Galaxy S
- HTC Desire HD
- HTC Wildfire
- HTC Wildfire S
- Sony Xperia X10
- Sony Xperia Arc
This list is not exhaustive. Any Android-powered smartphones running version 2.3.7 and older will stop working on 1 February 2020.
WhatsApp users with an iPhone 4S or older will be forced to either upgrade to a new phone, or find an alternative to the world’s most popular chat app
WhatsApp periodically drops support for older operating systems so that it can guarantee its entire user base enjoys the same experience and features.
As the messaging service adds new functionality to its app, it is sometimes unable to replicate these features on smartphone running outdated operating systems.
On January 1 2018, WhatsApp removed support for phones running BlackBerry OS, BlackBerry 10 and Windows Phone 8.0, leaving these users unable to download the app, send or receive texts.
The Menlo Park-based developer has previously dropped support for —
- Android versions older than 2.3.3
- Windows Phone 8.0 and older
- iPhone 3GS/iOS 6
- Nokia Symbian S60