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You Can Now Send GIFs on WhatsApp

Dave Parrack 10-11-2016

WhatsApp has added support for GIFs. This means you can now send those annoying repeating images to friends and family, whether they’ll appreciate them or not. Just don’t overdo it, or you’ll find your contacts blocking you left, right, and center.


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It has taken a while for WhatsApp to jump on board the GIF bandwagon, but it has now finally done so. People using WhatsApp for iOS can now search, create, and send GIFs directly from within the app. As long as they have the very latest update.

Multiple Options for Sending GIFs

You can send GIFs on WhatsApp in a multitude of different ways…

  1. You can instantly send any GIFs you have saved on your smartphone.
  2. You can copy and paste any GIF you find online into the text field in WhatsApp.
  3. You can convert any video into a GIF by editing the length down to less than six seconds.
  4. You can send a Live Photo as a GIF, as long as you’re using a device which supports 3D Touch.
  5. You can select a GIF from the integrated GIF search engine (powered by Giphy and/or Tenor).

Available on iOS Now, Coming to Android Later

At the time of writing, support for GIFs is only available on WhatsApp for iOS. You just need to make sure you have v2.16.15 installed on your iOS device. However, Android is bound to get the same update within weeks, and if it doesn’t we urge you to send angry GIFs to WhatsApp on Twitter.


Do you use WhatsApp? If so, why do you use it over the other messaging apps available? Do you love or hate GIFs? Will you be sending GIFs through WhatsApp? If you’re an Android user, are you annoyed at iOS getting GIFs first? Please let us know in the comments below!

Image Credit: Alan Levine via Flickr

Related topics: GIF, Giphy, WhatsApp.

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  1. Boet
    May 8, 2017 at 3:39 pm

    please advise how to turn off GIF images on WhatsApp for BlackBerry Priv!
    will be much appreciated...