WhatsApp GIF support to arrive soon, already in beta

By: Ivan Jenic
2 minute read

GIF support is finally in the works for WhatsApp soon. In its changelog, the latest beta release for iOS shows the messaging service now supports GIF animations, so users won’t need to open a browser just to see GIFs anymore.

Twitter account @WABetaInfo, known for tracking WhatsApp beta updates, posted a changelog for the latest version 2.16.7.1 of WhatsApp beta for iOS with the information. Now, a received GIF message will autoplay and embed directly into a conversation.

What’s interesting is that the changelog says that users are only allowed to save GIFs as simple images and not as animations. However, we think this will be the case in the beta version only, and that users will eventually able to save GIFs as animations once this feature hits public release. We’re sure WhatsApp will improve GIF support in future releases even more, as this is the very first version that contains such feature.

You can check out the full changelog of WhatsApp beta for iOS version 2.16.7.1 here.

As for Windows 10 Mobile, we don’t know when the ability to receive and send GIF animations via WhatsApp will arrive. Although people from WhatsApp haven’t confirmed anything, we assume users of WhatsApp for Windows 10 Mobile won’t have to wait for too long because the app is updated regularly and usually doesn’t fall behind other platforms.

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