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WhatsApp for Android Adds GIF Support & More

Dec 6, 2016

Good news if you are running WhatsApp on an Android device as there was just an update released that adds a couple of new features, including GIF support. If you have WhatsApp already downloaded on your Android device, you should be getting the update over-the-air or you can go ahead and download the new version of WhatsApp from Google Play.

WhatsApp for Android Adds GIF Support in Update

There are a couple of new features on the Android version of WhatsApp, and users of this social app will really enjoy them. If you had WhatsApp Beta for Android then you have already been playing with the two new features, but now those features are coming to the official WhatsApp for Android.


The first new change is that there is going to be GIF support, which has been a long time in the making and something users have wanted for a while now. Facebook Messenger has had GIF support for a while, so it is about time WhatsApp for Android get into the game and provide GIF support.

The second change is that WhatsApp on Android will now feature video-streaming, which is a much-needed update for users in various locations across the world. You will notice that the download button is now the play button and you can begin playing your video immediately. You will no longer have to wait for a video to download before you play it, and can begin streaming it while it is still buffering. When you look at certain locations, the ability to be able to stream the video is important because some places have internet issues that can increase the time it takes for a video to download fully.

If you would like to get the video-streaming feature available on WhatsApp, you must have Android version 4.1 or newer. You will also need to download the latest version of WhatsApp to use both the video-streaming feature and the GIF support feature. You can go into the settings of the app and see if you are up to date or you can head to Google Play and update the latest version if you know you are not current on the version.

You should also be aware that if you have an older version of Android, WhatsApp will be ending support for it at the end of the year. If you are still on the old Android version 2.1 or 2.2 then you will no longer get support for WhatsApp. That should not be a huge problem though because most people have at least updated to Android version 4.1 by now so it should not be leaving too many people out in the dust.