WhatsApp has finally added the ability to send GIFs to its iOS app, a feature that the firm's huge user base has wanted for some time.
The feature has been available on the firm's Android app since September, and allows iPhone users to send animated images to friends. WhatsApp had been notably behind the curve on offering this support.
Once updated to the latest version, WhatsApp for iOS lets you send GIFs stored on an iPhone or via Giphy. The latter option is a bit long-winded, as you'll need to install Giphy and send GIFs using the app's built-in sharing options, rather than via WhatsApp directly.
WhatsApp is late to the GIF-sharing game, but the firm offers some additional features that you won't find elsewhere. There's a GIF editor that lets you add captions, stickers, drawings and emoji to animations, and offers the ability to trim clips to the desired length.
The latest version of WhatsApp also lets you turn videos that are six seconds or shorter into GIFs before sending them. To do so, simply select a clip from the camera roll and tap the GIF toggle to convert it.
Finally, those with an iPhone 6S or iPhone 7 can also send Live Photos and GIFs. To do this, select Attach > Photo Library and 3D Touch any live photo from the video library and choose 'select as GIF'.
The addition of GIF support on iOS comes after the firm recently became one of the first to make use of iOS 10's support for third-party Siri integration.
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