If you are still using Windows Phone in 2019, you now have another reason to buy a new Android or iOS-based device! WhatsApp is ending support for all smartphone running Windows OS from December 31, 2019.
This means that the not only Windows phones would not receive any future update for WhatsApp, but the app will completely stop working on these smartphones.
The Facebook-owned instant messaging app, WhatsApp has announced that it won’t be supporting the Windows-powered phones from December 31, 2019. WhatsApp’s statement is in line with Microsoft’s decision to end the support for Windows 10 Mobile devices in December.
“Because we will no longer actively develop for these platforms, some features may stop functioning at any time,” WhatsApp says. While the app may initially continue to work, you’ll likely start encountering major bugs as WhatsApp continues to make changes on its end and Windows phone grows stale.
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 percent.
Microsoft has already ended support for all versions of Windows Phone and even asked Windows users to move to Android, iOS and other platforms.
“Following Microsoft’s recent decision to end support for Windows Mobile devices in December, WhatsApp will release its final update for Windows phones in June. WhatsApp will continue working on Windows phones through the end of the year,” said a WhatsApp spokesperson.
Prior to Windows Phone, WhatsApp has ended support for BlackBerry OS, BlackBerry 10, Nokia S40, Nokia Symbian S60, Android 2.1, Android 2.2, Windows Phone 7, iPhone 3G/iOS 6.