Graphics Interchange Format (GIF) images are animated images that have long been used online to indicate and convey emotion. They are particularly useful on social media with most platforms like Twitter and Facebook supporting GIFs. WhatsApp has already joined the bandwagon of social media apps that let users use GIFs on iPhone.

In this article, we take a look at how to create and send GIFs in WhatsApp on iPhone.

1. How to Send Existing GIFs in WhatsApp on iPhone

With the latest version of WhatsApp installed on your iPhone, follow these simple steps to search for and send an existing GIF.

  1. Open WhatsApp on your iPhone and then open the conversation you want to include a GIF on.
  2. Tap on the “+” icon and then select “Photo & Video Library” from the menu that appears.
  3. Tap on “GIF” at the bottom of the screen and you will see a number of GIFs on the screen. Find the one you want and then tap on the send icon to make it.


2. How to Send Live Photos as GIF in WhatsApp on iPhone

Those with the iPhone 6 or later can also send their Live Photos as GIFs. You need to first of all convert the Live Photo to GIF before sending it. Follow these simple steps to do it:

  1. Open WhatsApp and then open a conversation. Tap on the “+” icon and select “Photo & Video Library”.
  2. Locate the Live Photo you need to send and then press on it. When it pops out, slide upwards and then tap “Select as GIF”.


Now simply tap on the send icon to send the message.

3. How to Send Short Videso as GIF in WhatsApp on iPhone

Short videos can also be easily shared via WhatsApp as GIFs. Follow these simple steps to send a short video clip as GIF.

  1. Launch WhatsApp and open the conversation. Click on the “+” icon and then select “Photo & Video Library” to select the video. Tap on the video.
  2. This will bring you to the editing screen. In the top-right you should see a switch that can be used to convert the video to GIF. Click on GIF and you’ll be able to send the video as a GIF.


4. How to Add Favorite GIF into Star in WhatsApp on iPhone

If you have GIFs that you’d like to send again and again, you can add them to your Favorites in WhatsApp so they are easier to be found. Here’s how you can do that:

  1. Open any conversation in WhatsApp.
  2. Tap and hold on any GIF and then tap on the star icon. For iPhone 6s or later, pick the GIF and swipe up to reveal the menu. Tap on “Star” to add it to favorites.


5. How to Make Your Own Animated GIFs on Your iPhone

If you don’t want to use the same GIFs for every message, you can make your own on the iPhone. Follow the following simple steps:

  1. To create animated GIFs you need third-party apps. One of the best is GIPHY CAM. Install it on the iPhone and then launch it.
  2. To upload the photos you want to use, tap on the Camera Roll icon. You can also record a small video to use.
  3. Tap on the white arrow icon.
  4. You can add and edit any filters and then tap “Next”.


Save the GIF and you can now use the above ways to send it to your friends via WhatsApp.

Tip: What if Want to Manage WhatsApp Data from iPhone?

Managing the data on your WhatsApp account is very important particularly when it comes to keeping your data safe. There are lots of ways you can keep from losing the data on your WhatsApp account. One of them is to back up, so you can export or back up the data to your computer.

One of the great tools that can do both is iMyFone D-Port Pro. This backup and restore tool comes with a lot of features that will make it easy for you to manage the data on your WhatsApp account. These features include the following:

  • It can be used to back up all the data on your device or simply the WhatsApp data on the device.
  • You can also use it to simply export the WhatsApp messages and their attachments to your computer.
  • It is also quite useful when you need to restore the WhatsApp messages back on to the device.
  • You can also use D-Port Pro to restore WhatsApp messages from iTunes and iCloud Backups.

To use the program, install it on your computer and follow these simple steps according to what you want to do.

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Export WhatsApp Data from iPhone to Computer

  • Launch the program and on the main window click “Back up & Export from Device.” Click on “Export Data”.
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  • On the screen, select the type of data you want to export, in this case “WhatsApp” and then click “Next”.
  • choose data types you want to export

  • The program will scan the device and list the WhatsApp data on it. Select the data you want to export and then click “Export”. You can view this file on your computer, but this file cannot be restored to your device for future use.


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Backup WhatsApp Data from iPhone

To back up your WhatsApp Data to your computer, please follow these simple steps:

  • In the main window, click on “Back up & Export from Device” and then select “Backup WhatsApp".
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  • Click “Back Up” and the program will begin the backup process immediately. You should be notified when the process is complete. This file can be used to be restored to your iPhone later.
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    Restore WhatsApp Data from iTunes Backup to iPhone

    You can also use D-Port Pro to restore WhatsApp data from an iTunes backup. Here’s how:

    • In the main window click on “Restore Backup to Device” and then select “Restore Partial Backup”.
    • Click “Next” and then select “WhatsApp” as the type of data you want to restore. Click “Next” to continue.
    • choose to restore partial backup

    • In the next window, select the WhatsApp data you need and then click “Restore”. Keep the device connected to the computer until the process is complete.

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    Restore WhatsApp Data from iCloud Backup to Your iPhone

    You can also restore WhatsApp data from an iCloud Backup. Here’s how:

    • Click on “Restore Backup to Device” and choose an iCloud backup from the list. If it’s not there, click on “Download iCloud Backup”.
    • Log in to your iCloud account to find the backup you need. Select the backup and then click “Next”.
    • choose Download iCloud Backup

    • Choose “WhatsApp” as the type of data you want to restore. The program will take a few minutes to download the WhatsApp data in that iCloud backup. Once the download is complete, select the data you need from the resultant list and then click “Restore”.
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    The above tutorial should help you take full advantage of GIFs in your WhatsApp messages. D-Port Pro provides a simple way you can manage all WhatsApp data including the GIFs. Do not hesitate to try these useful methods. Feel free to leave comments below if you have other great ideas.