Check if WhatsApp will work on your phone from Dec 31

  • Check if WhatsApp will work on your phone from Dec 31

Check if WhatsApp will work on your phone from Dec 31

From 1 January 2018, the messenger service will stop working on certain mobiles because of changes in technology.

Some Malawians should consider upgrading their handsets if they want to continue using popular WhatsApp service whcih will no longer support older phones by the New Year. Meanwhile, Windows Phone users on 8.1 or above needn't worry about a thing (well, apart from Microsoft turning its back on the OS, along with Windows Mobile 10).

And from BlackBerry's perspective, all BlackBerry phones that are on its own OS and not on Android, cannot be used for WhatsApp. Hence it does make sense for WhatsApp to stop its app support for these platforms.

The company made the announcement in an update to said in a blog post. Oh, and WhatsApp claims its app could stop functioning at any time, so maybe it's time for that upgrade. The consumers using these devices can't create new accounts or re-verify WhatsApp accounts.

According to, other devices affected by the move are the Windows Phone 8.0 and older versions of the operating system. Got an Android 2.3 (or older) smartphone? This version of Android, at one point of time, was used by a good number of smartphone brands including Samsung, HTC, LG, HTC and Dell. Hopefully by then Android Gingerbread will be nothing but a faded memory.

The app is also looking to cut support for Nokia S40 devices on 31 December 2018, and devices running Android versions 2.3.7 and older on 1 February 2020.