WhatsApp appears to have a thing with gaining new features that aren’t actually new. That is, these features tend to be those that have been a long time coming. Well, better late than never.
Such is the case with the latest version of the immensely popular Facebook-owned messaging app, which sees the addition of support for sending animated GIFs.
Previously on WhatsApp
In October, WhatsApp received a major update that, most notably, introduced a set of creative editing tools that allow users to draw and write on photos and videos before sharing them, as in the Stories feature of its fellow Facebook-owned app Instagram, which in turn was copied from Snapchat.
Draw on photos and videos
More often than not, sharing photos and videos as they are to your family and friends is enough. But if and when you want to have a bit more fun, you can now enliven your photos and videos by drawing or writing on them before sending them. Just tap the new editing tools to draw or add text and emojis to a photo or video. You can adjust the brush size or change the font style by dragging left on the color selector. You can also choose between the pixelate and the color remover brushes when drawing.
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What's new in WhatsApp
Through its latest update, WhatsApp has, at long last, gained support for sending animated GIFs.
You can send GIFs straight from your device’s library. Or better yet, you can tap the “Search GIFs” option to look up and browse GIFs to send from Giphy or Tenor’s crazily comprehensive collection.
As with photos and videos, you can also use WhatsApp’s creative editing tools to draw and write on GIFs before sharing them with family and friends.
Send videos as GIFs
You can also send videos as animated GIFs, provided that they’re six seconds or shorter. Don’t worry if what you want to send exceeds the duration limit; you can trim it right within WhatsApp. After picking or trimming a video, just tap the GIF toggle to send it as an animated GIF, looping ad infinitum like a video from the ill-fated Vine. Have Live Photos? You can also send those as animated GIFs. Just 3D Touch a Live Photo while browsing for something to send from your library and then choose “Select as GIF.”
These new features are available now in the latest version of WhatsApp Messenger, which is free to download from the App Store for iPhone.
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