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Facebook ends support for Messenger and Facebook apps on Windows Phone 8.1

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Old mobile and Desktop apps will be discontinued

Facebook has announced on its official blog that three old apps for Windows will stop working by the end of March 2017. The company is ending support for Facebook and Messenger for Windows Phone 8 and 8.1, and Facebook app for Windows 8 and 8.1 PC.

Affected customers who want to use these apps after March can upgrade to the latest version of Windows or use the browser. Currently, many older Windows phones don’t have the option to upgrade to Windows 10 officially and Microsoft didn’t push the update actively to the eligible devices, but instead released Windows 10 Mobile as an optional update. This resulted in a small percentage of Windows 10 mobile devices in the whole market of Windows Phones. Currently, more than 80% of the phones are still on Windows Phone 8.1 or older, which means these devices won’t have Messenger and Facebook apps.

To continue using Messenger and Facebook apps on a Windows phone you need to update the device to Windows 10 Mobile.

Here is a list with supported models:

Nokia / Microsoft Lumia 430, 435, 532, 535, 540, 635 (1GB RAM version), 640, 640 XL, 730/735, 830, 930, 1520, Nokia Lumia Icon, BLU Win HD w510u, BLU Win HD LTE x150q, MCJ Madosma Q501.

How to: Install and Uninstall Windows 10 Mobile Preview