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How to Download GIFs on iPhone

If you are looking for how to download GIFs on iPhone, you've come to the right place. This article provides you with detailed guide on how to download GIFs to iPhone/iPad.

Updated Nov 07,2018 | by Joy

GIF (Graphics Interchange Format) is one of the most popular picture formats we use online in our daily life. It is an animated picture, just like a video file with no sound. But compared to the video file, GIF file is much lighter. Compared to a standard non-moving picture, GIF file can show a particular moment in moving pictures, which can convey more information. Due to its light and moving feature, GIF is popular across almost all platforms, especially social platforms or instant messengers including Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Skype, and Wechat.

When you find some funny or interesting GIFs online, you may want to download and save them on your iPhone so that you can share them with your family and friends whenever you want. In this article, we will discuss several tips for you to download GIFs on your iPhone. Okay, let's jump into how to download GIFs on iPhone.

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How to Download GIF on iPhone

You can download and save any GIF that you find online or that is emailed or messaged to you. It is super easy. 

Step 1. Find the GIF you want to save.

Step 2. Hold on the GIF until a menu with the "Save Image" button pops out.

Step 3. Tap "Save Image" to download and save it on your Camera Roll.  


All downloaded GIF files can be found in the Camera Roll or All Photos section of your Photos app on your iPhone. However, there is a big difference between downloading GIFs to an iOS 12 or iOS 11 and iOS 10 device. On iOS 11 device, the Photos app supports GIF files so you can see the animated gif in the app. But on iOS 10 device, you will see the GIF file as a still photo, which won't move. But once you've sent the GIF, it will reanimate and your friends will get the animated GIF. 

Download GIF with GIF Downloader App

Excepting download GIF directly, there are a lot of GIF downloader apps that allow you to find, save, and create your own GIF collection. The popular GIF downloader apps include GIFwrapped and GifPlayer Free. Today, we'll take GIFwrapped as an example to show you how to save the GIFs.

Step 1. Download and install GIFwrapped from App Store to your iPhone.

Step 2. Find the GIF you want to save to the app.

Step 3. Tap and hold the GIF.

Step 4. Tap "Save to Library".


How to Send GIFs via Messages, Mail, Facebook, and Twitter

I guess most of us save GIFs on our iPhone just because we want to share them with our friends and family. Nowadays, we usually prefer to use animated GIFs to interact with our friends and family when we chat online. Compared to words, it has more fun. 

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You can share GIFs via the Messages app. You can also share GIF on many social network sites like Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter, and Skype. Here are the steps.

Step 1. Find the GIF file you want to share with others in the Photos app.

Step 2. Tap the share icon at the left bottom corner.


Step 3. Choose the app you want to share the GIF: Message, Mail, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Skype, etc.

Step 4. Take Message for example. Tap Message and choose a friend to send GIF.

Step 5. Tap the send icon to send it.

Bonus Tip: Create GIF with GIF Make

If you are looking for a tool to create animated GIFs, please try IOTransfer. In its latest version, it adds a new tool GIF Maker, which allows you to make GIFs from any videos and photos you want. If you want to create GIF with videos, you can download IOTransfer to have a try. Or you can try its free online GIF maker first:

Step 1: Visit the Free Online GIF Maker webpage.


Step 2: Click Add Photos to select the photos you want to create a GIF. And drag and drop the photo to make them in the order you want.

Step 3: Adjust the Image Duration and GIF Size as per your needs. Then click Create GIF. It will create the animation GIF and save it to your browser default download folder.

Bottom Line:

The articles provides you with detailed guide on how to download GIFs on iPhone. Hope they can help you a lot. Also, you can use IOTransfer to create your own GIF and share with your friends. It can also convert videos to GIF.

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