WhatsApp the most popular and widely used messaging app in the world will stop working in some older smartphones like iPhone, Windows Phone, Nokia, Android and BlackBerry from June 30.
BlackBerry (including BlackBerry 10), Nokia S40, Nokia Symbian S60, Android 2.1, Android 2.2, Windows Phone 7.1, iPhone 3GS / IOS 6 phones of these operating systems WhatsApp will not work on after June 30.
The Facebook-owned app had revised its end-support date from December 2016 to June 2017 after Blackberry expressed disappointment with its decision. Support for Windows Phone 7, iOS 6, and Android 2.2 Froyo was ended by WhatsApp in December last year.
WhatsApp said that the support for the messaging app will end on many smartphones because they do not ‘offer the kind of capabilities’ needed by it to expand the features of the app.
If users use one of these affected mobile devices, it is recommended to upgrade to a newer OS version, or to a newer Android running OS 2.3.3+, iPhone running iOS 7+, or Windows Phone 8+ to continue using WhatsApp,” it said in a blog post.
There is currently no option to transfer chat history between platforms. However, there is an option to send chat history attached to an email. For Android users: Open the chat> Menu> More>Email chat> Attach media or not. You chat history will be emailed with a .txt document attachment. In case you select to attach media, your most recent media sent will be added as attachments. When sending with media, you can send up to 10,000 latest messages. Without media, you can send 40,000 messages. These constraints are due to maximum email sizes. iPhone users can use iCloud backup feature to store their chat history.