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After the launch of Video Calls , the company has launched GIF Search support as a hidden feature in the latest WhatsApp beta for Android. The update introduces a separate tab for GIFs to the right of the Emoji tab along with a ‘Search’ button to search the GIFs related to your search term. You can select the GIF you want to send out of the search result and tap on it, which will bring you to a full-screen preview of the GIF along with the ability to add a caption. The GIF search is powered by Tenor and you will get a faint watermark on GIF previews in chat for the ones sent by search.
WhatsApp also introduced the ability to convert Live Photos in iOS as GIFs. To do this, you need to select the plus icon in any individual or group chat and choose ‘Photo & Video Library.’ This will bring you to the ‘Camera Roll’, where to send Live Photos as GIFs and you need to scroll to the particular Live Photo and swipe upwards to bring the option to ‘Send as GIF’. This automatically converts the Live Photo into a GIF and sends to the contact. A simple tap on the live photo without swiping up will send the Live Photo as a simple photograph.