It was almost lost amidst all of the major changes in iOS 10, but the Messages app received an awesome new feature in the latest version of Apple’s mobile operating system. They didn’t cover this topic at WWDC, but, believe it or not, you can now send animated GIFs without a third-party keyboard like Giphy or GIF Keyboard.
Best of all, this is not just an iMessage-only feature. We tested it out and were able to send animated GIFs to Android users via text messaging, so none of your friends have to miss out on those awesome GIFs. It’s a simple and intuitive process, and I’ll show you how it works below.
To start, open any message thread, then tap the “A” icon. If you tapped into the text box already, you’ll need to tap on the rightward-facing arrow to the left of it to see the “A” icon again.
This will bring up some new options like the ability to share songs from Apple Music, some Classic Mac stickers, and a few handwritten phrases. To get to the GIFs section, simply swipe over to the right from this menu.
Next up, tap the search field above the images, then search for a GIF or image by typing any keyword. When you find the perfect one, simply select it from the list, then send it over like any other message. As usual, the GIFs will play back inline, so the recipient will see it in full motion.