GIF-sharing now available on WhatsApp for iPhone users

The WhatsApp app is displayed on an iPhone in San Anselmo, California.
The WhatsApp app is displayed on an iPhone in San Anselmo, California. PHOTO: AFP

IPhone users can now share GIFs on WhatsApp, according to the latest update by the messaging service on the App Store.

In the update dated Nov 6, the Facebook-owned app informed users that they can now send and receive animated GIFs, short for Graphics Interchange Format.

They are short animated messages - without sound - that netizens regularly use to convey a reaction.

WhatsApp said videos that are six seconds or shorter can also be sent as GIFs - users need only to tap the GIF toggle after picking a video.

It also allows iOS' Live Photos to be sent as GIFs, although users will require an iPhone with 3D Touch.

An integrated search engine, powered by Tenor or Giphy, has been included for users to look for available GIFs.

These can be selected as "favourites" to be used again in the future.

While the feature is not yet available for Android users, The Telegraph reported that this is likely to come soon as a beta version of the app already has GIF support.