How to Send GIFs on iPhone

Use animated text messages to add a little whimsy to your text

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Use an animated GIF to add a bit of character to social media posts, text messages, and more. Pop a GIF into a text to your friend, and they'll be giggling on the other end. The trick is to find the perfect GIF and then send it from the iPhone Messages app or your favorite app. To make it easy, here's how to do both so you can spend less time searching for Grumpy Cat and more time sharing her with your friends.

How to Send a GIF Using the Messages #images App

The easiest way to send GIFs is to use the built-in Messages app called #images.

  1. Open the Messages app on your iPhone.

  2. Start a new message or select an existing message.

  3. Go to the iMessages app toolbar and tap the red magnifying glass icon.

    The GIFs that display below the search box are GIFs that you recently used or GIFs that are currently popular.

  4. To search for a GIF, go to the Find images search box and enter a keyword.

  5. Tap a GIF to add it to your message.

    How to use #images to send gifs on iPhone
  6. Enter the message text and send the message.

How to Send a GIF Saved on Your iPhone

You can also send GIFs from the Photos app on your iPhone.

  1. Go to the message you want to add a GIF to.

  2. In the Messages toolbar, tap the Photos app icon.

  3. Tap All Photos.

    How to send GIFs that are already on your iPhone
  4. Tap the GIF you want to add to the message.

    In iOS 11 and later, the iPhone includes an Animated folder that contains the GIFs you saved.

  5. Tap Choose.

    Selecting a GIF on your iPhone to include in a text
  6. The GIF is added to your message.

How to Send a GIF From a Website

Have a favorite GIF website such as Giphy or do you search for GIFs using Google? You can add those to your messages too!

  1. Find a GIF. Search Google or use a website such as Giphy to locate GIFs.

  2. Tap and hold the GIF to display a menu.

  3. Tap Copy.

    To save the GIF to your phone, tap Save Image. You’ll find the GIF in your Camera Roll.

  4. Locate the message you want to add the GIF, then tap the text bar.

    Saving a GIF from the internet to send on your iPhone
  5. Tap and hold the text bar, then tap Paste.

  6. The GIF is added to your message.

To make it easy to find your GIFs, download an app such as GIFwrapped or GIFBoom that saves your favorite GIFs in one place.