WhatsApp for Windows Phone might be dropped from the Microsoft Store after July 1

What you need to know

  • WhatsApp might be removed from the Microsoft Store after July 1, 2019.
  • Windows Phone is losing support for WhatsApp at the end of 2019.
  • Other older operating systems are also losing support.

WhatsApp might not be available from the Microsoft Store after July 1, 2019. An update appeared on the WhatsApp FAQ page (via OnMSFT) that includes new information about Windows Phone:

You'll no longer be able to use all Windows Phone operating systems after December 31, 2019, and WhatsApp might not be available in the Microsoft Store after July 1, 2019."

This phrasing is a bit vague since it uses the word "might," but it seems likely that WhatsApp will be removed from the Microsoft Store sometime in the relatively near future.

It was already known that the Windows Phone version of WhatsApp is losing support by the end of 2019. In addition to the Windows Phone version losing support, Android versions 2.3.7 and older and iOS 7 and older are also losing support, though those are supported until February 1, 2020.

Once a version of WhatsApp is no longer supported, features might stop working since it's no longer being developed. If you already have WhatsApp on your Windows Phone, it might work for some time after support is ended, but could stop functioning at any moment.

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