In today`s latest trend of GIFs from Giphy’s massive library, WhatsApp is now adding support for GIFs to its messaging app on Android, and even with that, it required users to bring their own animations to the platform.

The latest beta version v2.17.6 includes a new feature that lets you search and send GIFs from Giphy’s massive library (or Tenor for some users, as I discovered while testing it on my phone in India). You can invoke it by tapping the emoji button next to the text input field and then toggle between emoji and GIFs from the new bottom bar.

WhatsApp GifsWhatsApp’s iOS app was updated with support for GIFs last November, which was awfully late considering the fact that virtually every other messaging app offered the feature. But at least it allowed users to pick GIFs from Giphy or Tenor and embed in their conversations from very first day of its launch. So now its considerably available for Android users too.

Another change showing in the WhatsApp app is the raise of the limit on shared media. Previously, you couldn’t send more than 10 photos or videos through WhatsApp in one go, you had to pick 10, send, pick 10 others, send, and so on. Now the limit is 30 items so you can share more photos and videos in one go with less risk for duplicates or forgotten itemsHowever, it’s worth noting that both these features aren’t available in the more recent beta version, v2.17.8 for now.

If you’d like to try it right now, install the v2.17.6 beta by grabbing the APK from APK Mirror

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