WhatsApp is the undisputed leader in global messaging. Despite this, it still lacks some functions, although it is gradually expanding its capabilities. The latest novelty for app users is one that will surely be widely used: the GIF search engine. A GIF is an animated image. You can use them to relay specific messages like greeting someone. With GIFs, you can also send seasonal greetings to your loved one. Sending GIFs is now easier on different messaging and social networking platforms. The GIF search engine has been on WhatsApp for a while, but until now, it was only available in the iOS version. In its latest official WhatsApp for Android version, it finally allows us to find the perfect GIF for every situation in a few simple steps. Here is how to do it.
How to Send GIFs Through the Search Engine
Although the sending of GIFs in WhatsApp for Android was available, the function was somewhat limited. It only allowed us to send images that we had saved on the device or record 6 second videos to send them in GIF format.
The fun of sending these animated images is using them as a method to express emotions, and with the search engine, we will have it much easier to find that GIF that best communicates how we feel at all times.
To access the WhatsApp GIF search engine, click on the emoji that appears in the field where we type the text. To find out if you have activated the GIF search engine, check that, in addition to opening the emoji selection menu, the GIF icon appears at the bottom of the screen. Click on it and then click on the magnifying glass to start the search.
At this point, write what you want to express, for example, “joy,” and choose one of the GIFs that the search engine offers us. Once selected, you can add a message or send it directly. It’s that simple.
As we said, this feature was already available on iOS, but now it finally comes to Android for everyone, after a few days where it was available only for those registered in the beta. You should note that the search engine integrated into WhatsApp in our case has been Tenor and not Giphy. How about you start sending GIFs for an enjoyable messaging experience.