When things get too quiet in a group chat, GIFs come to the rescue. Ranging from funny, sweet to downright cringy, they can be anything you want. Here's how to send GIFs directly on WhatsApp, no third party app needed.
The WhatsApp app on iPhone and Android comes with a built-in GIF search, send and stare tool (supported by the excellent GIPHY service). Everything happens from the keyboard view in the chat.
To start, open the "WhatsApp" app on your phone and navigate to a chat. Here, tap the Stickers icon at the end of the text box.
This will replace the keyboard with the stickers section. From here, tap the "GIF" button at the bottom to switch to the GIFs section.
You will see the trending GIFs. Swipe up to browse all popular GIFs or swipe left or right to switch between different sections. On the right side you will find GIF collections based on topics (like Love, Sad, Haha and more).
Let's try looking for a GIF. Tap the search icon (shown through a magnifying glass) in the bottom left corner.
This will open a full screen search window. Search here for a GIF. It can be something specific, like a show or a movie, or it can be something general, like a mood or an emotion.
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When you find the GIF you want to send, tap its thumbnail.
This will open WhatsApp & # 39; s media editor. You can trim the GIF, add a sticker or even scribble over the animated image. When you're done editing, tap the Send button to share the GIF in the chat.
With the GIF function in WhatsApp you can also use favorite GIFs.
To mark a GIF as a favorite, you just need to star the image. When in chat, tap and hold the GIF and then select the "Star" option.
Starred GIFs appear in the Starred section in the GIF Chooser window.
To view recently used GIFs, tap the "Recent" button in the top left corner of the GIFs section .
What's more fun than GIFs? Learn how to make your own personalized stickers for WhatsApp.
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