WhatsApp has announced plans to discontinue support for Nokia S40 in December 2018 and for iOS 7 and Android Gingerbread in February 2020.
After this period, WhatsApp users will no longer be able to send or receive text messages, voice or video calls within the popular chat app.
WhatsApp users with an iPhone 4 or older must 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 with version 2.3.7 and older (Gingerbread).
After announcing the end of the support, WhatsApp has encouraged new users to set up a messaging service account on iOS 7 or Android Gingerbread phones.
Existing accounts can send and receive messages until the end of the support date.
However, WhatsApp has warned that some functions may be discontinued at any time until the last date in early 2020.
Handsets that no longer support WhatsApp after February 2020
- iPhone 3G
- Iphone 3 g s
- 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. All Android smartphones version 2.3.7 and older will stop working on February 1, 2020.
WhatsApp users with an iPhone 4S or older must either upgrade to a new phone or seek an alternative to the world's most popular chat app
WhatsApp adjusts support for older operating systems at regular intervals to ensure that the entire user base has the same features and functionality.
Because the messaging service adds new features to its app, it sometimes can not replicate these features on smartphones with legacy operating systems.
On January 1, 2018, WhatsApp removed support for BlackBerry OS, BlackBerry 10, and Windows Phone 8.0 phones, so they could not download, send, or receive the app.
The Menlo Park-based developer previously supported the following:
- Android versions older than 2.3.3
- Windows Phone 8.0 and older
- iPhone 3GS / iOS 6
- Nokia Symbian S60