WhatsApp raises maximum media sharing limit to 30, adds GIF search through Giphy

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Credit: http://venturebeat.com/2016/02/01/whatsapp-passes-1-billion-monthly-active-users/

WhatsApp is doing just enough to stay ahead of the chasing pack. Though, coming a bit late, the Facebook-owned chat app has added the ability to search for GIF files. What this new update means is that you can now look up the animation files and quickly send them to your friends and loved ones.

The new feature is available on the latest WhatsApp beta v2.17.6 for Android; but users on the stable version won’t have long to wait as the feature is expected to roll out pretty soon. Recall that the new feature recently went live on the iPhone version of WhatsApp; indicating that it is only a matter of time until Android users get to start using it.

Giphy is a popular online search engine and database for GIF files. Both companies [WhatsApp and Giphy] entered into a partnership agreement in 2016—an agreement that introduced GIF support to WhatsApp.

How to use Giphy on your WhatsApp: It’s pretty simple, simply tap the emoji button next to the text input field and the toggle between emoji and GIFs from the new button bar. It’s really simple, and won’t take too much of your time trying to get used to it.

Last November, WhatsApp finally joined the GIF train, but only restricted its availability to iOS users at the time. iPhone users were able to send and receive unlimited Gifs from their friends. This probably should have been added long before the November update, but better late than never.

The new update comes with a powerful GIF editor, which lets you add captions, stickers and drawings to your animation. The editor also allows you to trim your clips to your desired length.

The iPhone version that was released last year, comes with a powerful GIF editor, which lets you add captions, stickers and drawings to your animation. The editor also allows you to trim your clips to your desired length.

There is even more; the last version of WhatsApp for iPhone lets you convert your videos not longer than 6 seconds into GIFs before sending them to the recipient. Turning your short video clip into GIF is easy too; select a clip from your camera roll and tap the GIF toggle to convert it.

The Giphy library has tons of GIFs where you can search for available ones to send to your friends. You can also send GIFs that have been stored on your handset.

WhatsApp also rolled out a massive, and perhaps, much sought-after feature to the app when it raised the maximum media sharing limit to 30. What this means is that you will now most certainly be able to send as much as 30 media files to your friends instead of the previous 10. Great in my opinion, considering how stressful it can be trying to attach so many files, but can’t do that because the app only allows a maximum of 10.4.

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Author: Ola Ric

Ola Ric is a professional tech writer. He has written and provided tons of published articles for professionals and private individuals. He is also a social commentator and analyst, with relevant experience in the use of social media services.

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