How to check if your WhatsApp will work on your phone in 2017

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Just to set the record clear, there are some devices that will no longer be supported by WhatsApp at the beginning of 2017 (1 January) and some that have had their support extended until 30 June 2017.

The devices no longer supported from 2017 onwards are:

  • Android 2.1
  • Android 2.2
  • Windows Phone 7
  • iPhone 3GS/ iOS 6

The devices that will be supported untile 30 June 2017 are:

  • Blackberry OS and Blackberry 10
  • Nokia S40
  • Nokia Symbian S60

How to check if your device is affected?

To see whether your device is part of the 1 January 2017 or 30 June 2017 list do this:


  1. Go to your menu
  2. Select “System Settings.”
  3. Scroll down towards the bottom of the menu.
  4. Select the “About phone” option.
  5. Check the number under “Android version” The three numbers listed there indicate your phone’s version.
  6. If the three number start with 2.1 or 2.2 your device will stop running WhatsApp from 1 January 2017.


  1. Go to the home screen of your iOS device and click on Settings.
  2. Click on General.
  3. Click on About.
  4. Scroll down to version
  5. Check the version number, the numbers listed indicate your iPhone version
  6. If the numbers start with 6 or below, your device will stop working on 1 January 2017.


If you have a Nokia running Windows Operating system:

  1. Swipe down (from top of screen) to open notification panel
  2. Select All settings on the top right corner
  3. Scroll down to About
  4. Check the Software version
  5. If the Software Version say Windows 7 then it will no longer be supported from 1 January 2017



Here is a full list of Symbian devices that will no longer be supported from 30 June 2017, check for yours in the list below:

Nokia Asha 201, Nokia Asha 205 Chat Edition, Nokia Asha 206, Nokia Asha 208, Nokia Asha 210, Nokia Asha 300, Nokia Asha 301, Nokia Asha 302, Nokia Asha 303, Nokia Asha 305, Nokia Asha 306, Nokia Asha 308, Nokia Asha 309, Nokia Asha 310, Nokia Asha 311, Nokia Asha 515, Nokia Asha 500, Nokia Asha 501, Nokia Asha 502, Nokia Asha 503, Nokia Asha 230, Nokia C3-00, Nokia C3-01, Nokia X2-01, Nokia X3-02, Nokia X2-00, Nokia X7, Nokia E6, Nokia N8, Nokia C6, Nokia C7, Nokia E7, Nokia 500, Nokia 600, Nokia 603, Nokia 700, Nokia 701, Nokia 808, Nokia 5800, Nokia 5530, Nokia 5230, Nokia 5233, Nokia 5235, Nokia N97, Nokia N97 mini, Nokia X6, Nokia X5-01, Nokia C6, Nokia C5-03, Samsung i8910 Omnia HD, Sony Ericsson Satio, Sony Ericsson Vivaz, Sony Ericsson Vivaz Pro, Nokia 5700, Nokia 6110, Nokia 6120, Nokia 6121, Nokia 6124, Nokia 6700, Nokia 6290, Nokia E51, Nokia E63, Nokia E66, Nokia E71, Nokia E90 Communicator, Nokia N76, Nokia N81, Nokia N81 8GB, Nokia N82, Nokia N95, Nokia N95 8GB, Nokia 5320, Nokia 5630, Nokia 5730, Nokia 6210, Nokia 6220, Nokia 6650 fold, Nokia 6710 Navigator, Nokia 6720, Nokia 6730, Nokia 6760 Slide, Nokia 6790 Surge, Nokia C5, Nokia E52, Nokia E55, Nokia E72, Nokia E73, Nokia E75, Nokia E5, Nokia N78, Nokia N79, Nokia N85, Nokia Lumia 520 ,Nokia N86 8MP, Nokia N96, Samsung GT-i8510, Samsung GT-I7110, Samsung SGH-L870, Samsung SGH-G810 and Samsung SGH-iNNN.BlackBerry 8520, Huawei Y220


All devices running Blackberry OS and Blackberry 10. will not be supported from 30 June 2017.

To check your Blackberry OS version:

  1. Go to System Settings
  2. Select About
  3. Scroll down to Category
  4. Select General
  5. View Software Release

If you are running any blackerry OS release from 10 and below your device will no longer be supported from 30 June 2017.



  1. Anonymous

    let me just laugh bfre i stress my self over my nokia asher kkkkkkk

  2. Anonymous

    kkkkkk you are very funny

  3. Benita

    Seriously are C3-00 whatsup untill 30 June

  4. Benita

    Seriously are Nokia C3-00 meant to have whatsapp untill 30th June 2017

  5. Dhivhah

    symbian os on whatsApp upto June thats great

    send from my Nokia 808 Pureview

    1. Sad

      Mine stop working today. Can’t launch whatsapp on my 808. 🙁
      How about yours?

      1. Sad

        2.16.57 solved it.

      2. Anonymous

        Even my whatsap stopped working. Is there any alernate solution for this?;(

      3. Ahluma

        Wow shame my works bt i can’t chat on my whatsapp #nokia:p;(:x

    2. laxmiprasadbagdas

      watchapps will look after nokia symbian smartphone very expensive phone like puer view 808 ?.

  6. Jaydeep Paul

    My phone Model is Blackberry Leap, this is not longer devices.
    This phone lunched 2016, okay.

  7. Francis

    My Nokia x2-00, ah! It is a pity oooo….

  8. laxmiprasadbagdas

    i have nokia 808 purview smartphone it’s support watchapps after june 2017 help us.

  9. Anonymous

    Mine is nt working already!! It says it has epired bt wen i try to upload it says ”downloading failed”

  10. Anonymous

    M using nokia asha 311,any1 hu can help??

  11. Pitty


  12. Gabriel

    But you people have to leave this because of people that dont have much to buy another phone and they are interested in using whatsapp

  13. Stella

    Mine already stopped working

  14. Fellys

    Seriously? Nokia X2 untill 30 june.. Come on!!

  15. Opolot Brian

    Hi mine Nokia aisha 210 stopped since Dec 2016 why pliz u have help pliz do so to help us am in need ov my phone and whatsapp

  16. Bongz

    My nokia asha 201 is still active on whatsapp come on people of Kuilsriver don’t throw your fonez away kkkkkkk:D

  17. anonymous

    its sad that i must buy knew phone now i like my nokia 201 when we gonna bring us back

  18. Bruce Piek

    I think this whole thing of what’s app not supporting all these model devices is an elaborate scheme to assist the service providers to sell more expensive devices to an already cash strapped community. Their are thousands maybe 100 000 users relying on old devices for easy cost effective ways of communicating to each other. Now every single person across the globe has to adapt to money greedy people to remain in contact with loved ones. What about the poor folk that stay in rural areas that get supported by loved ones working far away in cities? They now have to buy more expensive devices thus having less money for their loved ones. It is all about the rich getting richer and the poor getting poorer because of greed. Whatsapp is used by millions of people, young and old, rich and the poor, so why can cancel out older models? You have the technology to make anything work in your favour, so why not support the very public that assisted in making What’s app so popular. Put your greed in your pocket and start thinking of those that really cannot afford new so called smart devices.

  19. Ntshangase

    Mmm bafets ngumgwebo lo thiwa silahle amafoni ethu mmm

  20. Sbu

    Oo my nokia x2 rest in pc

  21. Wayne Canason

    Whatsapp has stopped working on my blackberry device but it’s not yet the 30th of june, I don’t know what’s wrong but the creators of this app bridged their promise of stopping whatsapp on all old devices, old device users should be able to download whatsapp till the due date june 30th…. Yours sincerely: concerned user

  22. Manqoboza

    Hha jesu saz savelelwa, these touch screen phones angamafekefeke. damn

  23. Ahluma


  24. Anonymous

    My whats app is stop not working Have you any solution please speak with me

  25. Arinawe derick

    It has failed

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