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WhatsApp: Update sends GIFs

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I always had to watch how others kept sending their funny GIFs. I was only able to do it if the file was also on my iCloud - but now I can get started.

A new WhatsApp update was released yesterday, which enables users to send GIF files to contacts. Initially, this function was only available for the Android beta version, but now it should also be possible on iOS.

The animated images called GIFs have become indispensable these days. It is possible to send or create GIF files on various platforms, although WhatsApp only decided on this file format later.

So far, you could download the files via Android prosend without problems, but that was not possible with iOS. These users had to take certain detours, which included sending the file only via iCloud. But since yesterday, the function should be activated for all users.

With Android you select the "Gallery" to send in WhatsApp, there you select the new tab called "GIFs" and send the desired animation.

In iOS it works as usual: Click on the "+" symbol next to the text field and select the GIF file under Photo / Videos.

Convert videos to GIF

With the new version it is also possible to record a video yourself and convert it into a GIF file. To do this, click on the camera icon and record the video. In order to convert the video into a GIF, this video can only be a maximum of 7 seconds. You can then process and send it in edit mode.

So far, not every user has this version, but WhatsApp is in the process of enabling this function for all users.

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I always had to watch how others kept sending their funny GIFs. I was only able to do it if the file was also on my iCloud - but now I can get started.

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And what about Windows Phone? How do you send the GIFs there? It's a shame that only iOS and Android are discussed again!

Martin Schneider

This function is probably not yet available for Windows Phones. Also, in my opinion, it's not worth it at all, as the parts are not used enough anyway. Android and iOS are at the forefront and therefore also have more range. But thank you for your hint!

David Wurm

That's right - but unfortunately that's the case. Android and iOS are always preferred. New features in WhatsApp for Windows Phone are always rolled out quite late.