In 2019, WhatsApp made a ‘tough decision’ to drop millions of
users from the messaging app. WhatsApp for Windows Phone was
originally supposed to stop working on January 1st, but the
Facebook-owned company extended support by two weeks after
Microsoft decided to support Windows 10 Mobile till January 14.
Starting January 15 2020, those using a device running Windows
Phone 8.1, Windows 10 Mobile or older will no longer be able to
use the app. If you launch WhatsApp on your Windows Phone, end
of support warning is displayed and you cannot view your
“You can no longer use WhatsApp on this phone, because WhatsApp
no longer supports it. Tap to learn about switching to a
supported phone,” the message reads.
It’s also no longer possible to create a new account with
WhatsApp for Windows Phone. Additionally, a user cannot
reverify an existing account unless the associated phone number
is loaded on a supported phone.
Facebook also pulled WhatsApp Windows Phone app from the
Microsoft Store last week.
According to Facebook, Windows Phone users being left without
WhatsApp by these changes can address the problem by migrating
to Android or iOS. Since you cannot install Android or iOS on
your Windows Phone, it might be time to purchase a new handset.
WhatsApp is also planning to end support for Android
Gingerbread-powered device on February 1st, 2020. WhatsApp says
Android users must have Android 4.0 or newer to use the
Other apps to also stop working on Windows Phone
Windows Phone ship sailed a long time ago and support for all
versions of Windows 10 Mobile has reached EOL (End of Life) on
January 14. Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, and several other
popular apps have already stopped working on Windows Phones.
Microsoft Store, first-party and third-party apps are still
working, but Microsoft recently made changes to the app store
that blocks developers from publishing updates for Windows