WhatsApp for iPhone Finally Supports GIFs

Facebook-owned WhatsApp two days ago gained support for sending and receiving animated GIFs, as well as sending short videos or Live Photos as GIF attachments. Today the team issued a small update to WhatsApp’s iPhone application in the App Store, bumping version number to 2.16.16 and adding another handy feature: a built-in option that lets you find animated GIFs to attach to your messages from within the app.


Just like Messages in iOS 10, WhatsApp lets you search for GIFs from within the app — so that you don’t have to find and download them to your camera roll first. To do this, tap the plus icon alongside the text box inside any chat, then choose the “Photo & Video” option.

Now tap the GIF search button in the bottom left corner and search for an image using keywords. When you find one you like, tap it to select it. WhatsApp will give you the option to trim or crop the GIF, and add a caption before you send it.

WhatsApp’s built-in editor pops up letting you optionally trim the animation, type some text on it, crop or annotate it and more. When satisfied with the edits, type your message and hit the blue Send button.

You can get the new update for free via the App Store.

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