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WhatsApp won't support Windows phones anymore
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WhatsApp won't support Windows phones anymore

Rishabh Pachory

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Though the app WhatsApp is an integral parts of our lives- no matter what OS you're using, there's time for everything to end. Those of you who are still Windows phones users must note that no longer will the company support the operating system, which means that either you have to get a new phone or not update the app.

WhatsApp will stop support for Windows Phone on December 31, 2019 which is aligned with Microsoft's decision to end support for their operating system, the Facebook-owned platform said on Tuesday.

After Microsoft pulls support in December, device backups for settings and some apps will continue for three months until March 10, 2020.

"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," a company spokesperson said in a statement.

In an updated FAQ Page, WhatsApp said that you can no longer create new accounts, nor reverify existing accounts for the following operating systems: Android versions 2.3.7 and older until February 1, 2020, iOS 7 and older until February 1, 2020 and Windows Phone operating systems after December 31, 2019.

However, you'll be able to continue using WhatsApp on these platforms. At any rate, since the number of apps for Windows Phone OS is rather less and is dwindling down, this could be the perfect time to switch to an Android or iPhone smartphone.