WhatsApp will stop working on all Windows smartphones

The May update will go live later this month

The Facebook-owned instant messaging app, WhatsApp has announced that it won't be supporting the Windows powered phones from December 31, 2019.

WhatsApp will soon end support for Windows Phone devices.

The market share of Windows phones is now 0 percent, so only a few users are likely to be impacted by WhatsApp's departure. (Not that installing pre-release software without expecting to encounter some major problems is ever really advisable.) Microsoft said the build doesn't support its Your Phone app, isn't compatible with certain SD cards from Realtek and has various other known issues besides. Even after the update, the app will continue to work on Windows Phone devices but it will end on December 31, 2019.

'You'll no longer be able to use all Windows Phone operating systems after December 31, 2019, ' they wrote.

"Because we no longer actively develop for these operating systems, some features might stop functioning at any time".

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Let's say that WhatsApp had said past year that WhatsApp will not work after February 1, 2020, on the smartphones running on Android version 2.3.7 and earlier, operating on iOS 7 and older operating systems.

If you are a Windows Insider in the Skip Ahead ring, you can update to the Insider Preview Build 18894 by going into Settings - Update & Security - Windows Update and then checking for new updates.

Windows Phone, a discontinued operating system from Microsoft, has a mere 0.28 percent mobile OS market share, according to Statcounter. This, for reference, is against Android's 74.85%. Moreover, if you're using a device that runs these older Android and iOS versions, you won't be able to create new accounts, nor reverify existing accounts, as of right now.

WhatsApp says that when they focus on the next seven years, their focus is on those mobile phones, which are being used by more and more people.

The mobile app had earlier ended support for Nokia Symbian S60, Nokia Series 40 operating system, BlackBerry OS and BlackBerry 10. Separately however, WhatsApp beta watcher WABetaInfo has tipped a Universal Windows Platform (UWP) app is in development, said to be available for both Windows Desktop and Windows Phone platforms.

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