Barclays kills its mobile banking app for Windows phone

Barclays has been remained one of the few major banks to continue supporting its Windows phone app, even as Microsoft has largely put the platform into maintenance mode. However, even Barclays is now preparing to pull out in the near future.

In an email to customers, Barclays says that it will drop support for its mobile banking app on Windows phone in 2018. Starting in February, the bank says, you'll no longer be able to log into the app from your Windows phone. Barclays explains:

We're making some important updates to your mobile banking app. From February you'll no longer be able to log into your app from your Windows phone. We're sorry for any disruption this may cause.

We're committed to providing you with the best, most secure version of the app. With these devices we're no longer able to meet the extremely high standard that we set ourselves and that you deserve. We hope that the options below will allow you to continue carrying out your banking quickly and easily.

As we've seen with other retiring apps, Barclays recommends that anyone currently use the app look to the Barclays apps on other devices instead. Alternatively, of course, you can use the Barclays website or telephone banking as well.

Barclays originally launched on Windows phone in 2014 as a way for customers to manage their accounts and locate nearby ATMs. And although Windows phone has been on its way out, Barclays has kept the app occasionally updated to continue working.

For now, you can still make use of the Barclays app on Windows phone if you already have it installed, but your time is running out. For everyone else, it looks like the app has already been pulled from the Store.