Popular messaging app WhatsApp has ended support for a long list of Nokia phones, and will cut support for older Android and iOS systems in 2020.
As of 1st January, 2019, devices running Nokia’s Series 40 operating system will no longer be supported.
Although the smartphones are older models, with the last S40 device released in 2013, this could still cause a problem for some phone users hanging on to their beloved device, or for older users who tend to keep their phones for longer instead of upgrading regularly.
The operating system was phased out in 2014, but before that time, it has been installed on more than 1.5 billion phones.
WhatsApp has previously prevented S40 devices from creating any new accounts, but those already using the app beforehand have been able to continue to do so. However, these users may now be unable to connect, as WhatsApp noted: “Because we'll no longer actively develop for these operating systems, some features might stop functioning at any time.”
The following Nokia devices are affected by WhatsApp’s end of support:
- Nokia 206 Single SIM and dual SIM models
- Nokia 208
- Nokia 301 Single SIM and dual SIM Chat Edition
- Nokia 515 Preinstalled WhatsApp New
- Nokia Asha 201
- Nokia Asha 205 Chat Edition
- Nokia Asha 210
- Nokia Asha 230 Single SIM and dual SIM models
- Nokia Asha 300
- Nokia Asha 302
- Nokia Asha 303
- Nokia Asha 305
- Nokia Asha 306
- Nokia Asha 308
- Nokia Asha 309
- Nokia Asha 310
- Nokia Asha 311
- Nokia Asha 500
- Nokia Asha 501
- Nokia Asha 502
- Nokia Asha 503
- Nokia C3-00
- Nokia C3-01
- Nokia X2-00
- Nokia X2-01
- Nokia X3-02
- Nokia X3-02.5
In addition to this, as of 1st February, 2020, WhatsApp will end support for devices running Android versions 2.3.7 and older and iOS 7 and older.
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