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The first GIF support instance has shown up in WhatsApp and some guys was able to verify it on beta version 2.16.242. It’s probably there on the two newer releases and maybe even on slightly older versions of the app, but I can at least tell you it’s there on 2.16.242.
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So, where is this GIF support hidden? Well, you can’t yet share GIFs from your gallery app or attach them as media files inside WhatsApp (they get sent as photos – wow), you can’t send a GIF link to someone and hope it’ll show the animated image inline (it just shares the URL), you can’t try to attach an existing video then convert it to a GIF (the option isn’t there). But you can convert a newly recorded video to a GIF and send to someone.
How to Send Videos as Gif on WhatsApp
- Tap the attachment icon in any WhatsApp conversation
- Choose Camera, then Record video
- Record the video and select OK
- In WhatsApp’s interface for trimming the video, tap the upper right corner camcorder icon, it’ll switch to a GIF icon
After that, the video will be converted to a GIF and inserted into the conversation to play inline. But if you’re looking for the GIF on your phone, you won’t find it easily.
The WhatsApp -> Media -> WhatsApp Animated GIFs -> Sent folder only shows the original MP4 file that was recorded, but rest assured that what is actually sent and received is a GIF indeed. After all, it animates inline in the conversation (unlike videos) and it gets labeled in the conversation list and the notification as a GIF.
Although it seems saved locally as MP4, the file is sent as GIF (animates inline + icon in chats list)
And this is the only way to send a GIF in WhatsApp (again, unless you have hacked the functionality) that we have found. (You can obviously forward a received GIF too.) It’s still a very limited support for GIF sending on WhatsApp, but it gives us hope that the feature is maybe just around the corner. It won’t be too soon – but will surely come.
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