Now you can send and receive GIPHY animations on Whatsapp too

WhatsApp may have been the leading third-party messaging app for years, but it’s only recently begun adding some of its best features that have been around on other services for a while. On Android, it added GIF support months ago so GIFs are probably not new to you as a Whatsapp user. However, the app only supported locally saved GIFs to be sent until now which, if you are into GIFs, might have been a bit troublesome to find and download and then send.


Whatsapp had introduced the GIF library to its iOS app in November last year. It had also added the feature of sending and receiving shorter videos and live photos, all of which could be converted into GIFs. The feature also included editing the GIF by trimming, rotating or adding text or smiley to the GIF.

The latest update to WhatsApp beta (2.17.6) introduces GIF search on Android, allowing you to search for and add GIFs without leaving the messaging platform. It’s late sure and perhaps not a feature that was dearly missed, but it is indeed awesome to have it.

The GIF search is accessible by selecting the emoji button to the left of the text field. Once you’re in the emoji selection window, you’ll see an option to toggle between emoji and GIFs. The latter tab shows you a list of popular GIFs.

You can select the GIF you want to send out of the search result and tap on it, which will bring you to a full-screen preview of the GIF along with the ability to add a caption. The GIF search is powered by Tenor or GIPHY and you will get a faint watermark on GIF previews in chat for the ones sent by search. Android Police says :

The GIF feature is powered by both Giphy and Tenor. According to a Tenor rep, WhatsApp users are divided between both on a 50/50 basis and randomly assigned one or the other with an even split across the population.

GIPHY is one of the largest and quite popular online collection of GIF animations if not the largest and also happens to have an Android app. The GIPHY gallery is already supported by a few other messenger services such as Facebook Messenger and Hike.

Also in the new beta, as discovered by Android Police, WhatsApp has raised the limit on the number of pics you can share at once. Previously, you could only pick 10 at at time, but the new beta raises it to 30, which should be more than enough for grandparents and cat lovers.

The update is in beta currently but should soon roll out as stable builds to your Android via the Playstore. In case you wish to go ahead of the curve and install the beta, you can get the apk from APKMirror.

Via : Android Police

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