The social media giant has started sending out emails warning users they won’t be able to use the app in mere days
THE FACEBOOK Messenger app is set to stop working on a number of older smartphones from as early as this week.
While owners of recent iPhone and Android models need not panic, the popular messaging app – which has over a billion monthly active users – will no longer be supported by Windows Phone 8.1 or earlier.
Facebook has already started sending out notification emails to those still using the app on devices set to be hit by the change.
The email reads: “Thank you for choosing to use Messenger.
“We regret to inform you that since the end of March, the app version you’re using is no longer supported and you can no send and receive messages.”
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It adds: “To continue to send and receive messages from Facebook on your phone, update your Facebook app to the latest version.”
Luckily, the change shouldn’t affect too many people, as Windows Phone’s smartphone market share has fallen well below the 1 per cent mark in the past year.
The firm has seen a steady decline in users.
Facebook Messenger isn’t the only app to stop supporting old Windows Phone handsets in recent weeks.
Microsoft ended Skype support for older Windows Phone devices earlier this month.
And WhatsApp confirmed it will not be supporting its app on the platform earlier this year.
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