How to Send Snapchat GIFs

Delight your friends with animated messages

Snapchat, which focuses on pictures and messages that are available for only a short period of time, has become incredibly successful as a social communication tool for teens. Sending animated GIF images is a particularly popular and fun feature of Snapchat. Here's how to easily send animated GIFs to your Snapchat friends.

The instructions in this article apply to sending GIFs from either iPhone or Android devices.

How to Send GIFs on Snapchat

  1. Open the Snapchat app.

  2. Tap the camera icon at the bottom of the screen to take a snap.

    You'll need to take a picture or video before you can move on to the next step.

  3. Tap the sticker icon on the right-hand side of your image.

  4. Tap GIF.

    Steps on how to add a GIF to a Snapchat story

    Choose a sticker from this area, if you prefer, or add typical Snapchat things like the date or temperature.

  5. Tap a GIF from the GIPHY section (it may also be called Giphy Trending on some devices). Alternatively, search for your own GIF via the search bar.

    While searching, tap the clock to look up previously used GIFs, stickers, and emojis. If you no longer want to search for a GIF, tap the document icon in the top right corner to return to your snap.

  6. Drag the GIF around on the screen to where you want to place it.

    Steps on finding GIFs via Snapchat's GIF interface

    Pinch the GIF to make it bigger or smaller. Want to remove the GIF? Drag the GIF to the trash can.

  7. Tap Send to send the completed image. 

    Sending a Snapchat message via a Story or private message

    Add the GIF as part of your daily Snapchat story, or send it to a friend directly.