Developers can no longer ship app updates to Windows Phone 8.x devices

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What you need to know

  • Developers can no longer ship app updates to Windows Phone 8.x devices.
  • Windows Phone 8.x apps running on Windows 10 Mobile can still be updated.
  • The deadline for developers was initially published in August of 2018.

Windows Phone 8.x apps can no longer receive updates if they're running on Windows Phone 8.x devices. In August of 2018, Microsoft announced key dates regarding updating app packages on Windows Phone 8 and Windows Phone 8.1 devices. July 1 is the first key date that directly affects the ability to ship updates to older hardware.

  • July 1st, 2019 – Microsoft will stop distributing app updates to Windows Phone 8.x or earlier devices.
  • You'll still be able to publish updates to all apps (including those with Windows Phone 8.x or earlier packages). However, these updates will only be made available to Windows 10 devices."

While apps running on Windows Phone 8.x or earlier can no longer be updated, if a Windows Phone 8.x app is running on Windows 10 Mobile, it can receive updates.

This change won't affect many users since there are very few users of Windows Phone left, but it will lead to changes for apps like Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp. WhatsApp is losing Windows Phone support at the end of 2019.

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