WhatsApp stops working on Windows Phones

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Last year, Facebook’s WhatsApp made a decision to stop support for Windows Phone. As reported by Windows Latest, popular messaging app was supposed to stop working on 1 January 2020, but the company extended support till 14 January. This follows Microsoft’s release of the last ever build for Windows 10 Mobile OS.

Effective 15 January 2020, those using devices running Windows Phone 8.1, Windows 10 Mobile or older will no longer be able to use the app.

An end of support warning is display when you launch WhatsApp on your Windows Phone device. You will not be able to view your existing conversations.

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The message reads, “You can no longer use WhatsApp on this phone, because WhatsApp no longer supports it. Tap to learn about switching to a supported phone.”

Naturally, you will longer be able to create a new account with WhatsApp for Windows Phone. Also, you’ll not be able to re-verify an existing account using a Windows Phone.

Facebook encourages Windows Phone users to migrate to Android or iOS if they wish to use WhatsApp.

The company also plans to end support for Android Gingerbread devices on 1 February 2020. The base requirement for Android devices is now Android 4.0 or newer.


The WhatsApp app has been pulled from the Microsoft Store.

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Besides WhatsApp, other popular apps like Facebook and Instagram have also stopped working on Windows Phones.

Are you using a Windows Phone device? Are you moving to an Android or iOS device?


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  • Minusone

    Is there a way I would just use it to use the QR code verification for watsapp desktop. That restricts old conversation’s as well?

    • Minusone


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