WhatsApp no longer supports Windows phones

WhatsApp for Windows 10 Mobile
WhatsApp for Windows 10 Mobile (Image credit: Windows Central)

What you need to know

  • WhatsApp dropped support for all Windows Phones today.
  • This comes after Microsoft ended support for Windows 10 Mobile earlier this month.
  • WhatsApp initially announced the December 31 end-of-support date earlier in 2019.

As 2019 reaches its end, WhatsApp is also coming to an end on Windows phones. WhatsApp officially dropped support for its Windows phone app today — a move that was initially announced earlier this year. This also comes just a few weeks after Microsoft officially ended support for Windows 10 Mobile.

"Because we will no longer actively develop for these platforms, some features may stop functioning at any time," WhatsApp said in a May 7 blog post. While WhatsApp may continue to work for some, it's likely you'll encounter bugs as time wears on. Additionally, it will no longer be possible to download WhatsApp for Windows phones from the Microsoft Store.

WhatsApp was one of the last major platforms to still support Windows phones. Facebook, WhatsApp's parent company, already dropped support for the Facebook and Instagram apps on Windows phones some time ago. And with Windows 10 Mobile already in the grave, Microsoft has shifted its mobile efforts to a robust set of app offerings across iOS and Android.

WhatsApp users can continue to use the app on iOS and Android devices, as well as through the WhatsApp desktop app (opens in new tab) for Windows 10.

Dan Thorp-Lancaster is the former Editor-in-Chief of Windows Central. He began working with Windows Central, Android Central, and iMore as a news writer in 2014 and is obsessed with tech of all sorts. You can follow Dan on Twitter @DthorpL and Instagram @heyitsdtl

7 Comments
  • Can anyone help how to move the chat message that are backed up on the SD card or OneDrive to whatsapp on Android.?
    I have been trying since three weeks with no luck.
  • Check out the app called WinWazzapMigrator.
  • Can't get those files to work as they are encrypted.
    You need to find a thread in xdadevelopers where they discussed on the Lumia reg editor + interop unlock to get the messages.db within the Lumia internal storage.
    Then we can use the .db file to be transferred to an android phone with WinWazzapMigrator.
    Transferred my chats and it worked flawlessly.
  • On my Lumia it shows the end date will be on 14 January 2020.
  • I guess the Windows phone is only good for a sextapes now
  • WhatsApp still works, support is extended to 14 Jan 2020.
  • Alas! Whatsapp has started their journey from Nokia, later turned into Microsoft flagship devices. Now it's farewell time. 👋👋👋