How to send GIFs in WhatsApp on Android and iOS

The wait for GIFs within WhatsApp was long, but in early 2017 the company finally started allowing users to send moving images to each other quickly and easily – but the feature is a bit hidden.

To be able to send them, you’ll need to be running a recent version of the WhatsApp software and if you read down below we’ll show you exactly how to do it.

It’s different for iOS and Android though, so be sure you’re reading the right section before you begin to test it out.

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How to send GIFs in WhatsApp on Android or how to send gif files via whatsapp


To send GIFs on Android you'll have to really dig deep, as it's not at all obvious how to do it. It's hidden behind a small button in a sub menu, so first off you'll want to press on the emoticon face in the bottom left corner of the screen.


Here you'll be greeted with the yellow emoji that you can send within WhatsApp, but in the center of the bottom of the screen there's a small button that reads GIF.

Press on that, and you'll see a selection of GIFs pulled directly from the service Tenor GIFs.


The most popular GIFs will appear at the top and then you can scroll down to see more options. If you want something specific, press the magnifying glass in the bottom left and enter your search.

Once your search has been entered, you can then scroll to the right to see all of the options that match your search.

Then just tap on the GIF you're interested in to view a full screen preview. From here you can add a message if you want, and tap the arrow to send it.