WhatsApp To Add GIF Support

A lot of instant messaging apps include GIF support. If you share a GIF with your contacts, they can watch the animation in the app instead of using a browser to watch it.

This wasn’t the case with WhatsApp. But not anymore.

Whatsapp to Finally Add GIF Support

The latest Beta change notes for the iOS version of WhatsApp indicate that it indeed has GIF support in it. This information was discovered by  the Twitter handle @WABetaInfo which tracks the changes in WhatsApp beta updates.

The account notes that version 2.16.7.1 of WhatsApp will autoplay GIF links and embed them directly into the conversations. However, it doesn’t support sharing a saved GIF animation directly.

Its not even close to the complete GIF support offered by apps like Telegram, Wire or Messenger, but at least its a step in the right direction.

You won’t have to open your browser whenever you want to watch a GIF shared by your friends or family members anymore.

What Else Has Been Added?

Aside from the GIF support, there was also another thing mentioned in the beta changelog. It will allow saving of GIF animations “as a simple image”.

This move seems a little odd considering the purpose of a GIF animation is to watch images in motion and not to be viewed as a single image.

Neverthless, having limited GIF support in WhatsApp is a welcome change. Hopefully other useful features (like stickers) will also be added soon.

You can check the beta changelog here.

Via The Next Web

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  • Ali K

    others already have it…. like Wechat….. It will be fun

    • Oralover Odeveloper

      and it is only for iOS as mentioned.

    • AbdulB1

      Wechat does not have it. Only telegram has it.

  • Oralover Odeveloper

    a request to all, kiya koi aisi service hai, ya app, ya phone ya settings jo location change hone per SMS automatically bhaij de? please zuroor bataeyn meri baiti school jati hai, us k school mein enter hone or bahir aane per SMS alert mere ya wife k phone per aa jaey, woh 8 saal ki hai, karachi k haalat aap sub k saamne hein. JazakAllah email address : [email protected]

    • Ali

      Sir u should buy a watch which is recently introduced for kids! i think zong, ufone and mobilink are offering as for now! so plz go for it:)

      • Oralover Odeveloper

        thank you for your concerns.

    • ScarletCrimson

      Yes, there are a few Android apps to set that up. I’m naming some of them: Automate, Tasker, Condi, Llama, MacroDroid, IFTTT, etc.

      These can be used to automate tasks, such as: when the phone enters and/or exits a predefined area, do something (in this case send an SMS). Take a look at those apps.

    • Tariq

      karachi k halaat pata hain phr bhi 8 saal ki bachi k pas android phone?

    • Zack

      Oral Lover? Seriously? pehlay apnay halaat to theek ker ley

  • Hassam Tahir

    Finally!

  • Asad Khan

    How about multi login of whatsapp with single mobile number

    I used Tablet and phone and sometimesPC for Whatsapp.

    for PC, Whatsapps no worries, But for Phone/Tablet. Only one at a time (with single sim) could be used

    Viber allows to be used on multiple devices.

    So My request to add this functionality.