How to Post GIFs on Facebook

Express yourself better with the magic of GIFs

What to Know

  • In a status update: Select the status update field. Choose the GIF icon > select (or search) for a GIF.
  • In a comment: Select the GIF icon in the comment field > choose a GIF. You can also search for a GIF to add.
  • In a Message: Open a chat in Messenger and tap the GIF icon > select a GIF.

This article explains how to post GIFs on Facebook in status updates, comments, and messages.

How to Post a GIF in a Facebook Status Update

A GIF is an image format that captures a short scene of moving images in a movie-like format. But since it's only an image, there's no sound. Facebook allows users to post GIFs in their status updates, in comments, and in private messages.

Screenshot of GIF interface in Facebook iOS app

When you click or tap in the field to make a new post on, you'll open a list of options. Scroll down through these options until you see GIF and select it. If you don't see it, choose the three-dot icon to show more options.

A grid of popular suggested GIFs appears, built directly into Facebook for your convenience. Select one that you like to automatically insert it into the post field or use the search field to find a GIF based on a specific keyword.

Post a GIF in a Comment

Screenshot of Facebook web interface for GIFs in a comment

You can only post GIFs in comments on your own posts or on friends' posts. You can't post GIFs in comments of posts from pages that you've liked.

Select the Comment option beneath a post and look for the GIF icon that appears on the right side of the comment field. Select it to view a list of suggested GIFs or use the search field to look for one based on a keyword. When you've found one you want to insert into your comment, select it.

Send a GIF in a Private Message

Facebook interface for GIFs in private messages

If you're using Messenger from, you should be able to see a GIF icon in the list of other icons beneath the chat field in the message box for the friend you're currently messaging. Select it to see a list of suggested GIFs or search for one to insert into your message.

If you're using the Messenger app, open a chat with a friend or group and tap on the plus sign (+) to the left of the chat field. A menu of icons pops up, which you can scroll through until you see one labeled GIFs. Tap on it to see a list of suggested GIFs or search for one to insert into your message.

Some of the Things You Can and Can't Do With Sharing GIFs on Facebook

Here are some of the other ways you can easily share GIFs Facebook, but you should know about some of the limitations as well.

You can:

  • Find a link to a GIF hosted on another site, like Imgur or Giphy.
  • Copy and paste the link into your status, which will automatically detect that it's an animation and will place a GIF icon over it.
  • Post it so it will be seen as fully animated when it shows up in your friends' feeds.
  • Adjust your auto-play video settings so that either the GIF will play automatically inline or show the GIF icon until a viewer clicks or taps to play it.

You can't:

  • Upload an existing GIF image from your computer or device to post as an animated image on Facebook.
  • Post a GIF to a Facebook brand page or in an ad.

Get the Giphy App for More GIF Fun on Facebook 

Screenshot of Giphy app on iOS showing Facebook post button

Downloading the free Giphy app for iPhone or Android is another fun and convenient option you have for inserting GIFs into Facebook Messenger. You can use the app to choose one of their top trending apps or use the search function to find a specific one.

Your friends don't need to have the Giphy app installed in order to see your GIFs, but if you enjoy seeing GIFs a lot more than still images and plain text, you might want to recommend that they download the app as well so they can start using their favorite GIFs when interacting with you and others on Facebook.

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