WhatsApp new beta version lets you search and send GIFs

The new version also increases the limit on files that can be sent at a time from 10 to 30

Tech Desk January 11, 2017
The new version also increases the limit on files that can be send all at once to 30. PHOTO: REUTERS

WhatsApp added GIFs support to its app last year which was late considering the fact that every other messaging app already had the feature. However, the popular messaging platform didn’t offer GIFs in its app support as it does for emojis and as such required users to get their own animations. Thankfully, that’s about to change.

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The latest beta version of the app, v2.17.6 to be precise, now features support for Giphy and Tenor’s library which will allow WhatsApp users to search and send GIFs from a wide range available.


To send a GIF, users simply tap the emoji icon next to the text input space and select an emoji or a GIF. In addition to this the new beta version also increases the limit media files that can be sent at once from 10 to 30.

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It is worth mentioning that these features are still in the testing phase and therefore aren’t confirmed to be rolled out by WhatsApp in the next update. However, the widespread use of GIFs puts up a case for this new feature.

This article originally appeared on The Next Web.


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