The GIF format, which was first introduced in June 1987, is still widely used today since it’s the best way to share animated memes on social media. WhatsApp does not support it because the user must tap the image in order to see the animation.
This will be a little more convenient with WhatsApp beta 188.8.131.52 for Android, as animated GIFs will now start playing immediately when they are initially viewed. No matter how many times the GIF is looped, WhatsApp will only play the animation once, as WABetaInfo notes. After the “GIF” badge appears, you must tap the image once more to view the animation once more.
Since animations that loop indefinitely can get grating, it’s probably for the best. The sharing of animated memes will now be more pleasant, thus even if this update is quite simple, it may have a big impact on your chat chats. Auto-playing GIFs may already be available to TestFlight participants; if not, the feature will progressively become available to more users before being made universal.