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WhatsApp to Turn off Support for Windows Phones: Report

However, you’ll be able to continue using WhatsApp on these platforms

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FILE - The WhatsApp app logo is seen on a smartphone in this picture illustration. VOA

WhatsApp would stop support for Windows Phone on December 31, 2019 which is aligned with Microsoft’s decision to end support for their operating system, the Facebook-owned platform said on Tuesday.

After Microsoft pulls support in December, device backups for settings and some apps will continue for three months until March 10, 2020.

“Following Microsoft’s recent decision to end support for Windows Mobile devices in December, WhatsApp will release its final update for Windows phones in June.

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WhatsApp on a smartphone device. Pixabay

“WhatsApp will continue working on Windows phones through the end of the year,” a company spokesperson said in a statement.

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In an updated FAQ Page, WhatsApp said that you can no longer create new accounts, nor reverify existing accounts for the following operating systems: Android versions 2.3.7 and older until February 1, 2020, iOS 7 and older until February 1, 2020 and Windows Phone operating systems after December 31, 2019.

However, you’ll be able to continue using WhatsApp on these platforms. (IANS)

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WhatsApp Reveals its Dark Mode Having Some Hidden Features

According to WABetaInfo, the feature will be initially available for group chats only and can be enabled by the group's administrators. Once enabled, the feature can be toggled in Contact Info or Group Settings

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Silhouettes of mobile users are seen next to logos of social media apps Signal, Whatsapp and Telegram projected on a screen in this picture illustration. VOA

Dark Mode for WhatsApp has been in the news for long and now a new beta update with the build number 2.19.353 has revealed some hidden features which will offer three options for activating the dark mode.

The light theme would offer a white background. Dark theme, as the name suggests, would enable dark mode on WhatsApp, according to WABetaInfo, a fan website that tracks WhatsApp updates.

The third option, which is ‘Set by Battery Saver’, dark mode would be activated only when the smartphone’s battery level drops below a certain point. This third option is said to be available only for smartphones running on Android 9.0 or older.

WhatsApp dark theme comes with a dark grey background and the text highlighted in white colour. Light theme is essentially a lighter version of the dark theme.

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FILE – The WhatsApp app logo is seen on a smartphone in this picture illustration. VOA

Meanwhile, users will be able to choose between light and dark theme according to their preference.

Recently, WhatsApp beta version 2.19.348 for Android devices was released and it was spotted adding a self-destructing ‘Delete messages’ feature.

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Once available, the “Delete Message” feature will come with a toggle on/off button and users can choose a stipulated time — 1 hour, 1 day, 1 week, 1 month or 1 year — for the messages to automatically disappear.

According to WABetaInfo, the feature will be initially available for group chats only and can be enabled by the group’s administrators. Once enabled, the feature can be toggled in Contact Info or Group Settings. (IANS)