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Developers of WhatsApp never stop to roll out updates to the popular messaging app to improve user experience. As a multi-platform mobile app, WhatsApp messenger allows users to send text messages for free with WiFi connectivity, send images, audio and video files. Another feature is the ability to make calls.

With the version 2.16.232.0 update, the app now allows support for sending of GIFs via the video sending page. While it does not mean that the user can actually send a GIF, there are steps to turn a video into a GIF file and send it.

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To make this possible, the app has the ability to save a six-second video into GIF and let the user be able to send the converted file to the chosen recipient. Moreover, existing videos in the gallery can also be converted into GIFs and be sent to other people.

The GIF files are saved as MP4 files without the audio and once sent, these files can start playing automatically on the chat window of the recipient. The file can be found inside the media folder of WhatsApp. From the media folder, go to WhatsApp Animated GIFs and then to Send folder. Conversely, to alert the recipient, notification is a GIF file that can be found in the chat tab.

Before being available on Android Beta, the GIF support was first rolled out to iOS Beta moths earlier. Users who want to try this Beta version on Android need to sign up for the beta program and then go to Google Play Store to download the app.

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WhatsApp messenger was bought by Facebook in 2014 for $19 billion and in February, the messaging app already has more than 1 billion users worldwide, including users in Europe, South America, India and Africa.

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