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How to Convert YouTube Video to GIF on iPhone or PC for Free

Learn to convert YouTube video to GIF without a watermark on iPhone or PC from a URL. All you need is a free tool and the GIF can be as long as you want.

Updated Oct 10,2018 | by Cody

There are many amazing YouTube videos uploaded every day. You may find that some YouTube videos would make a great animated image to share with others. In this article, I will show you how to convert YouTube Video to GIF on PC or iPhone.

You can download YouTube video, trim it, and convert to GIF. If you only want the GIF, then you can make a GIF from a YouTube video link online.

As you know, the regular GIF is only a few seconds. If you want a long GIF, then you have come to the right place. The method that I am about to show you allow you to select a part of the video or the entire video, as long as you want, to convert it to GIF.

Convert YouTube Video to GIF Online

Many online GIF maker tools add a watermark to the GIF and you need to upgrade to the prime version in order to remove the watermark. Actually, you do not have to pay a dime to use a good YouTube to GIF maker.

Many users love to use Imgur to share images, but do you know that Imgur has released a free Video to GIF online tool? it is indeed a great tool. let me show you how it works.

Step 1. Copy the URL of YouTube video that you want to convert to GIF.

Step 2. Go to the Imgur GIF Maker page and paste the copied URL there.


Step 3. As the video loaded, you can select the start time and end time to make the GIF. If needed, you can also add text to the GIF.


Step 4. Then at the next page, you can download this GIF or share this GIF link with your friends.

download-gif.pngAs you see, this GIF maker is very clean, no ads, no watermark. If needed, you can also edit this GIF, add tags, and image description.

However, this GIF maker is not as powerful as other paid ones. In case, you want to adjust the playback speed or make an even longer GIF, just try the next method.

Convert YouTube to GIF on iPhone with Siri Shortcuts

As you probably know, there are some free or paid apps from AppStore that can convert video to GIF. What you may not know is that Shortcuts app, free app provided by Apple, can also do this.

Shortcuts is the updated version of Workflow that can automate your tasks on iPhone and add to Siri. I have created a shortcut to convert YouTube video to GIF. Let’s see how it works.

Step 1. Open your YouTube app or open YouTube website from your web browser. Copy the video link.

Step 2. Download and install the Shortcuts app on iOS 12 from AppStore. If you are using iOS 11 or previous version, get the Workflow app instead.

Step 3. Get this shortcut and run it. Be aware you should use Safari or Firefox to open this shortcut link.


Step 4. Wait for the shortcut to proceed. Then you will be prompted with 3 options, Save as GIF, Save Video to Camera Roll, or Save Audio only. Just select Save as GIF to continue.

Step 5. Trim the video on your iPhone to select part of the video to convert to GIF. If you want to convert the entire video to GIF, you can skip this step.

trim-video.pngStep 6. Preview this GIF and Save it to Camera Roll or Cloud Drive.

If you want to change the GIF playback speed, you can open this Shortcut to edit it. if needed, you can also run this shortcut from Widget. If you add this to Siri, you can also activate this Shortcut by a Siri voice command.

Siri Shortcuts can do many more things. To learn more about it, you can get these top 10 Siri Shortcuts for a start.

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