What­sApp Update: Search GIFs and Send 30 Media Items at Once


WhatsApp has released a new update to its beta users for Android which enables them to search for GIFs from within the app as well as has increased the number of media items that users can share at once from 10 to 30.

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Earlier users could only upload GIFs that were available on their phone’s storage, but now they can search for them directly from the app’s interface and can select up to 30 media items at once to share with their contacts.

The update will be rolled out to all the users in some time after the company has ascertained the bugs in its new update.

The GIF functionality has been available to iOS users of the app since November 2016, and it looks like the messaging service is ready to roll out the update for its Android users sometime soon too.

The GIF search has been embedded in the emoji option on the bottom left of the chat box. Users will be able to find GIFs via Giphy and Tenor (in limited regions) and send them directly in chats.

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The increase in the number of media files that one can share will be a relief to a lot many users as it was hugely annoying to go back to the media files in order to send the remaining files after the first batch was sent.

WhatsApp hasn’t yet announced when they’ll be officially launching this update to its public users.

Our beta tester version of Whatsapp has only received the GIF update while we can still only share 10 media files — maybe the updates are geo-location based and complete roll out will take a while.

The company had recently also updated its security feature as it rolled out two-step authentication for its beta users after there were a few incidents related to a lapse in its security features leading to the hacking of certain accounts was reported in the media.

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