WhatsApp Ending Support for Windows Phone 7 Devices
Windows Phone 7 owners will no longer have WhatsApp support; other phones aren't far behind. See if your phone will be losing support in June.
Chatting giant WhatsApp recently announced the end of Windows Phone 7 support. At the time, they also mentioned ending support for other devices in an official document as well. If your phone isn’t one of the ones affected by this change (see the list below), chances are it could still stand to feel like new again. WhatsApp makes it easy to amass large amounts of files. These files are likely taking up way too much space on your phone, which will cause your phone to slow down. Use dfndr security’s WhatsApp Cleaner to start removing old, unwanted files from the app:
To use WhatsApp Cleaner, click the link above or else open the dfndr security app. Then, go to “Tools” and then select the “Clean WhatsApp” feature. Decide which files you actually want to keep, but resist the temptation to keep the rest of them. You can choose to remove old photos, videos, GIFs, or audio files. Click “Delete Selected Files” to remove the individual files that you no longer wish to have on your device. Every file chosen for inclusion will be deleted from your phone. It will definitely give you more room on your phone — and improve your phone’s performance, too.
Why WhatsApp Ended Windows Phone 7 Support
It’s been 7 years since WhatsApp began. In that time, the company looked at their work as a whole, determining where they wanted to concentrate their focus in the years to come. The official statement, as released by WhatsApp on the WhatsApp blog, shared that they would cease support for the following phones at the end of 2016.
- BlackBerry OS and BlackBerry 10
- Nokia S40
- Nokia Symbian S60
- Android 2.1 and Android 2.2
- Windows Phone 7
Some of those items listed above have changed. WhatsApp did include an official update to extend support for BlackBerry OS, BlackBerry 10, Nokia S40, and Nokia Symbian S60 until June 30, 2017.
Here’s what WhatsApp had to say about the decision: “When we started WhatsApp in 2009, people’s use of mobile devices looked very different from today. The Apple App Store was only a few months old. About 70 percent of smartphones sold at the time had operating systems offered by BlackBerry and Nokia. Mobile operating systems offered by Google, Apple, and Microsoft — which account for 99.5 percent of sales today — were on less than 25 percent of mobile devices sold at the time.”
Now, WhatsApp will put their energies towards the technology that people are actually using in large numbers. WhatsApp recommends a phone upgrade ahead of the deadline for WhatsApp users who want to continue with uninterrupted service.