WhatsApp, the most popular messaging app in the world with more than 2 Billion Monthly active users has stopped supporting some of the older phones starting today. The company has completely ended support for the devices running on Nokia S40 OS. The Nokia S40 OS running on budget phones like Nokia Asha 201, Nokia Asha 205, Nokia Asha 210, Nokia Asha 230, Nokia Asha 500, Nokia Asha 501, Nokia Asha 502, Nokia Asha 503, Nokia 206, Nokia 208, Nokia 301, Nokia 515.
WhatsApp said that these devices won’t offer the kind of capabilities the company needs to expand the messaging app. Back in 2017, the Facebook-owned messaging platform had already stopped supporting devices running on Nokia Symbian S60, BlackBerry OS, BlackBerry 10, and Windows Phone 8.0. Starting from February 2020, the company will end support for devices running on devices with Android v2.3.7 and older and also iOS v7 and older. Further, users coming from older platforms will not be able to transfer their chat history to their new device, as the company has stopped supporting the devices. In a blog post, WhatsApp said “This was a tough decision for us to make, but the right one in order to give people better ways to keep in touch with friends, family, and loved ones using WhatsApp. Those who own a phone powered by this very platform has no choice but to upgrade their device if they wish to continue using WhatsApp.”
To conclude, the only way to use the service for the users currently on the above listed is to switch over to a new phone which is supporting the WhatsApp messenger. WhatsApp also supports JioPhone and JioPhone 2, which is available for INR 2,999 in India.
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