As per the report, animated stickers can be seen working on the beta versions of the app on both Android — version 18.104.22.168— as well as on iOS — version 22.214.171.124.
The report says that the animated sticker support will come to WhatsApp in a three-fold system. The first thing is to be able to view the animated stickers. If you are able to see them then you also get the option to save and send them. Second, the option to import animated stickers from third parties as many stickers creators were working in these months to provide animated stickers, claims WABetaInfo. Lastly, the option to download default animated sticker packs from the WhatsApp Store, which is reportedly currently implemented in the app.
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As of now, WhatsApp is working on rolling out the first option — to be able to view animated stickers — that too for specific users. Also, there is no option to loop animated stickers in the current implementation and there is no word if WhatsApp is going to allow looping or include a toggle to enable it.
WABetaInfo says that right now it is quite difficult to verify if the feature is enabled for any user as it requires for them to receive an animated sticker from an animated sticker creator in order to see if they can even view it or not. “Unfortunately animated stickers are very rare now, and only specific animated sticker creators are able to send them to you,” said WABetaInfo.
More details about the animated sticker support in WhatsApp are expected to be released soon.