Download and Install WhatsApp on UnSupported S40 Java Phones

As the era of S40 Java or Symbian phones is slowly reaching its end, it is common knowledge that several users currently battle with downloading and using popular messaging applications, WhatsApp on their Java devices.

As you already know, Android, iOS, and Blackberry are mainly the popular mobile operating system right about now, and luckily for us, Android and Blackberry phones are getting cheaper as the years roll by. Even if this is great news for lots of smartphone users, it won’t be cool if we completely ignore those who still enjoy using their S40 Java and S60 Symbian phones.

Reports have been saying that users of S40 Java and S60 Symbian phones keep finding it hard to use WhatsApp Messenger on phones like Asha 200, 205, and Nokia 2700 because it is now unsupported, but it really doesn’t have to be that way with tutorials like this one that can proffer a solution to this problem and break everything down further for your easy understanding.

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Requirements To Download Whatsapp Messenger On UnSupported S40 Java Nokia Phones:

There are some basic things that must be kept in place to make the process of downloading Whatsapp Messenger on unsupported phones smooth, and we highlight them below:

  1. You must own a PC. (A smartphone will work but it is simpler to use a computer.)
  2. Download these 2 files here and here and do not open them after your download is complete.
  3. You should have more than 10MB of data on your SIM card.
  4. Nokia Asha phone users should ensure the 2 SIM cards slots are occupied with SIMs.

Install Whatsapp On Supported Java S40 Phones:

  1. Before anything else, copy the 2 files downloaded to a folder on your memory card and rename the whatsapp_jar to Whatsapp.jar and Whatsapp_jad to Whatsapp.jar.
  2. Once the memory card is placed back in your smartphone, copy the apps to “My Apps,” or “Games.”
  3. Head back to both files on the memory card and get rid of both of them.
  4. Now launch the WhatsApp application on your smartphone, press “Option,” and “Update Version.” Hold on for the updating process to complete. Once it is complete, open it.
  5. You’ll see a “get updating notification enabler” message, allow it to load. Be aware that loading will eventually fail, but you shouldn’t panic because that happens to phones that are not supported. Do not panic, just close the application and your WhatsApp will be installed and ready to serve.
  6. Head back to the WhatsApp application on your smartphone and launch it, it should work smoothly.

Potential Issues When Installing Whatsapp On Nokia Asha 200, 205, 2700:

Even if the guidelines for installation should work seamlessly, you might still battle certain unexpected errors. Let’s highlight a few of them:

  1. If you get an error while adhering to the instructions above, simply perform a factory reset on your Nokia Asha Phone.
  2. Once done, launch your browser and update the new Nokia XPress. When you are through with that, you can begin the entire process all over again.
  3. As for Nokia Asha owners, ensure you have 2 SIM cards in your phone before starting the process. However, kindly note that you’ll only be needing one of the SIM cards to browse the internet, the second SIM will not be serving any purpose.

Which Phones Are No Longer Supported To Use WhatsApp?

As you already know, a new WhatsApp update led to the ban of the popular messaging application from functioning on several devices from the 1st of January, 2021. In summary, ancient Android and iPhone devices have stopped supporting the latest version of the app, and this has led to owners updating their mobile operating system or purchasing a new smartphone.

In fact, any iPhone that is not running iOS 9 or newer, or any device that is not running at least Android 4.0.3, a.k.a Ice Cream Sandwich, can no longer access WhatsApp. Meaning, all iPhone models up to the iPhone 4 no longer support WhatsApp because these devices cannot update to iOS 9.

As you already know, the iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPhone 5S, iPhone 6, and iPhone 6S all got launched before 2010, however, it is still possible for users to update to the operating system if that hasn’t happened yet. As for Android phones that currently lack WhatsApp support, the Samsung Galaxy S2, HTC Desire, and LG Optimus Black are not excluded.

To confirm the software your device is using, simply access your Phone’s Settings. If you use an iPhone device, head to Settings > General > Software Update. If you use an Android phone, head to Settings and then check “About Phone” for the Android version your mobile device is running on.

Fortunately for us, among the 2 billion WhatsApp customers across the globe, most users have really not been affected by this change at all since their devices are more than qualified.

Phones That Lost WhatsApp Support On 1 January 2021:

  1. Apple iPhone 1-4
  2. Samsung Galaxy S2
  3. HTC Desire
  4. LG Optimus Black
  5. Motorola Droid Razr
  6. Any Android released before 2010.

Phones That Require Update To At Least iOS 9 Or Android OS 4.0.3:

  1. Apple iPhone 4S
  2. iPhone 5
  3. iPhone 5S
  4. iPhone 6
  5. iPhone 6S
  6. Samsung Galaxy S3 and newer
  7. Samsung Galaxy Note
  8. HTC Sensation
  9. LG Lucid
  10. Motorola Droid 4
  11. Sony Xperia Pro and newer.

As you must’ve found out, WhatsApp has also updated its Terms of Service this year and this new move compels users to agree to fresh privacy rules to keep using the messaging platform. In fact, not agreeing to the new terms automatically means losing access to all previous chats on the application.

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Change Phone Operating System To Use WhatsApp:

  1. Ensure that your device has a minimum of 200 MHz processor, 32 MB RAM, and 32 MB Storage. It is no recommended CPU or RAM for Android 2.3.3, however, it is the minimum requirement. A processor with over 500 MHz, a 128 MB RAM is needed as well.
  2. Head to the XDA Developers site and you’ll find all sources that can be used there.
  3. Tap on the full bundle zip and have it downloaded. Just ensure you have a new phone before downloading the system.ext2 (zip) file. This immediately updates the OS. 2.3.3 that will support the use of WhatsApp.
  4. An attached file named “” will then be visible, download it to your PC as well.
  5. Connect your Windows smartphone to your PC.
  6. Ensure your smartphone is backed up before formatting it. You can simply format the disk of your phone on the PC.
  7. After that, you’ll have to unzip the bundle zip to your device’s SD Card.
  8. Unzip “” to the root of the SD Card.
  9. Head to SD Card > STARTUPS > Blackstone > Copy Startup file and Paste in SD Card’s main file.
  10. You are now done with your PC.
  11. Run haret.exe to install Android 2.3.3.
  12. Head to the Google Play Store, download and install the app. If you get an error in installation or download, just download directly from

There you go, if you need help with installing WhatsApp on unsupported devices, you now know what to do and how to go about it.

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