How to Save GIFs on an iPhone

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A GIF is an animated graphic that usually plays on a continuous loop and is one of the most common used image formats used. GIFs are often used for sharing reactions online or in text messages. When you find a GIF that you would like to keep or share with others, you save it to your iPhone, share it social media, or text to others with a messaging app.

Instructions in this article apply to iOS devices running iOS 10 and later.

How to Save GIFs on iPhone

To download a GIF to your iPhone:

  1. Locate or open the GIF you would like to save or share.

  2. Tap and hold the image until a menu appears.

  3. Select Add to Photos to add the GIF to your Photos library. (In older version of iOS, you would select Save Image.) You can also select Share... to send the GIF immediately or choose from a host of other sharing options.

    GIF to save and Save Image button on iOS

In iOS 12 and iOS 11, GIFs are animated in the Photos app. In iOS 10, GIFS appear as a static image.

Where to Find GIFs on an iPhone

There are many places online to find unique GIFs to download to your iPhone or iPad.

  • Do a quick search using Google Image Search, and select GIF from the search parameters.
  • Browse a website like GIPHY or Gfycat.
  • In the Messages app, select the red magnifying glass in the toolbar to search through hundreds of GIFs on your iPhone.