WhatsApp for Android gets the GIF support. Photograph:( WION )
In times when GIFs are becoming increasingly popular in digital conversations and across social networks, WhatsApp can’t afford to be far behind in the race. Making the chat experience richer, Facebook-owned WhatsApp is bringing the much-awaited GIF support to its messaging service.
The new GIF feature is currently limited to beta testers of the app and will soon be rolled out to users across the world. But if you can’t wait to get it on your WhatsApp, you can sign up for the Android Beta Testing Program by going here.
Here’s how you can send GIFs to WhatsApp users:
1. Once you have the latest build (currently, version 2.17.6) of WhatsApp on your phone, go to any chat window or for that matter, to the chat window of a person you want to send a GIF to.
2. Tap the emoji icon located in the message box (where you type messages) and an emoji tray will pop up.
3. You can now find the “GIF” button located at the bottom of the tray. As you tap on it, you will be taken to the GIF tray with a search bar.
4. You can then search and choose a GIF, add a caption if you want, and send.
There is no word on when the new GIF feature will be officially rolled out for Android users. iOS users, however, got the GIF support within the app back in November 2016.
Besides the GIF support, WhatsApp for Android has also increased the media sharing limit from 10 to 30.