Whatsapp will stop working on multiple phones next year

Joanna Estrada
December 10, 2019

In a blog post on its support page, the company announced the app will no longer work phones using the Windows Mobile operating system, which is likely to affect many Microsoft phone users.

The popular messaging app has announced it will stop working on certain mobile phones.

Facebook-owned WhatsApp has rolled out the much-awaited "call waiting" feature in its Android app. Apple iPhone users already had access to this feature as WhatsApp for iOS had been upgraded about a month ago.

Meanwhile, WhatsApp had indicated that the iOS and Android blocks would not take effect until February 1, 2020.

However, this news also has implications for people using older versions of iPhone and Android software.

This is particularly true for phones with AMOLED screens, where black pixels are actually switched off - and it seems that WhatsApp will have an additional extra-dark interface especially for these devices to make the most of this feature.

WhatsApp said to justify why it routinely strips support for older operating systems.

"While these mobile devices have been an important part of our story, they don't offer the kind of capabilities we need to expand our app's features in the future".

As well as ditching older systems, WhatsApp is focused on adding new features for current systems.

The good news is if you do have a phone running any of the above versions or a Windows Smartphone and want to save your chat history before the version ceases to work, there's a very simple way to do so. It is reportedly now working on a dark mode which should help reduce its battery usage a bit, but this is not available for general release.

Once the feature is activated, if you are in the middle of a WhatsApp call, and another call comes, you will be shown two options.

This will let you choose between the light and dark side of WhatsApp, but also tick a box marked "battery saver". However, this feature is now not available on WhatsApp and you can either choose to connect with the existing call or disconnect the ongoing call and accept the second incoming call.

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