WhatsApp for iOS has today been updated to version 2.16.16, which brings support for sending and receiving animated GIFs, as well as Live Photos and short videos. The update also lets you search for animated GIFs right from within the app. Simply tap Attach to access your Photo/Video Library, and tap on the GIF search button on the bottom left to get started.
You can not only share animated GIFs in your Photo Library, but can also send Live Photos as animated GIFs. Just 3D Touch any live photo from Attach > Photo/Video Library, and choose “Select as GIF”. For videos that are 6 seconds or shorter, you can now send them as animated GIFs using the same method.
From the official iTunes description:
- Search for the perfect animated GIF right from within WhatsApp. Just tap Attach — Photo/Video Library and tap on the GIF search button on the bottom left to get started.
- You can now send and receive animated GIFs
- For videos that are 6 seconds or shorter, you can now send them as animated GIFs. Just tap the GIF toggle after picking a video. (requires iPhone 6s or iPhone 7)
- Send Live Photos as animated GIFs. Just 3D Touch any live photo from Attach — Photo/Video Library and choose “Select as GIF.”
You can grab the free update using the following App Store link:
Download WhatsApp for iPhone [Direct Link]