WhatsApp has really been slow when it comes to rolling out a complete GIF support to its app. In August last year, WhatsApp rolled out the ability to convert videos and share them as GIFs, then a couple of months later, WhatsApp allowed users to share GIFs saved on their devices, later it finally added the feature to search and insert GIF through GIPHY, but that was rolled out exclusively for iOS. At last, the search and insert GIF feature has been rolled out to Android as well.
Now you would no more need third party apps like a Giphy client, or the GBoard app, or to have the GIFs saved on your phones beforehand to share GIFs now. In addition to that, WhatsApp has also raised the limit of the maximum number of media files that a user can share at once. Earlier limited to 10, the limit has now been raised to 30 media files at a time.
For Android users, the function shows up within the keyboard when you tap the emoji button in the text box. With the new update, users will be able to see a new GIF option right next to the emoji button at the bottom bar. You can then scroll through popular GIFs and insert them right away or search GIPHY for a keyword to find the appropriate animation for your current state.
When WhatsApp GIF support first launched, users could convert live images or videos into short GIFs and send them on WhatsApp. Later, you could even share saved GIFs with WhatsApp users directly from the phone, and now integration of Giphy makes GIF-sharing seamless.
If you want to try out these options, you need the version 2.17.6 beta of the app, which you can obtain either by joining the Google Play Store beta and downloading it there or by grabbing the APK directly from APK Mirror.
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