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GIF support has been introduced in WhatsApp for Android in September, while other messaging applications have been using it since their launch. iOS uses have been requesting this feature the moment it became available in WhatsApp for Android and their wishes have been listened. From now on, iPhone owners who chat with their WhatsApp friends every day will be able to send animated images to them.

WhatsApp 2.16.15 can be downloaded from the Apple Store and the file has a size of 127 MB. After installing the new update, you will be able to send and receive GIFs, as well as Live Photos and shorter videos, which can be converted to GIFs. If you want to convert a video to an animated GIF, it mustn’t be larger than six seconds, but f you want to send a Live Photo as a GIF, you will use the 3D Touch feature which is found in the “Attach” interface. While you’re here, you will choose the option “Select as GIF”, and the Live Photo will be selected from your Photo and Video Library.

Besides the option to send GIFs, Live Photos or videos from your iPhone, WhatsApp has also brought an integrated GIF search engine powered by Giphy. Also, when you search through available GIFs, you will have the possibility to select items and mark them as Favorites, to share them on WhatsApp. Moreover, after selecting your favorite GIF, you can edit it, by trimming the clip, or you will rotate it, add emoji or colorful text, then hit “Send”.

These additional changes have rolled out to the Android version of WhatsApp yet, but most likely, the developer will make an official statement soon. During the testing period, these features were available and at some point, the default GIF search engine was switched from Giphy to Tenor. Giphy’s Director of Biz Dev, David Rosenberg said that “We’ve been working with WhatsApp since they started exploring integrating GIFs.”

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