Superfans and holdouts using some older smartphone operating systems will have to bid adieu to WhatsApp messenger soon—or at least the most updated versions of the app. According to an FAQ page, the Facebook-owned messaging app won’t support Blackberry OS, Blackberry 10, or Windows Phone 8.0 and older after December 31, 2017. That means that on the first day of 2018, users will no longer be able to create new accounts or re-verify existing accounts on those operating systems.
WhatsApp will still work on those systems, but it’s unclear how long the app will be fully functional.The FAQ page does warn users that some WhatsApp features may stop working on these unsupported platforms because the company is no longer actively developing for those OSes.
To avoid issues, WhatsApp recommends users of those platforms to either update to a newer OS version, or use WhatsApp on a device running Android 4.0 or newer, Windows Phone 8.1 or newer, or an iPhone running iOS 7 or newer.