iPhone Tip: Send Animated Gifs in Text Messages and Add Some Humor to Your Day

iPhone Messages app icon

Here’s a neat trick involving animated gifs and the iPhone. If you send an animated gif via text message to another iPhone, the animation will be viewable right inside the Messages app. Suddenly seeing an animated photo where you usually see text messages has a funny and surprising effect.

Funny Animated Gif

To send an animated gif via text message, you send it like you would a photo. In Messages, tap the camera icon in the bottom left of the compose message view:

Tap Camera icon in Messages app to send MMS, photo or video

Then tap Choose Existing, then find the animated gif in your Photos app. Then send away!

Of course, you must first save an animated gif to your iPhone. You can save animated gifs right inside your iPhone’s browser by simply holding your finger down on the gif, then tapping Save Image from the pop-up menu.

You can try saving/sending a gif using any of the ones I’ve picked below. Please note that you can’t view the animated part of an animated gif in the iPhone’s Photos app—it will only show a single frame from the animation, but the gif will indeed be animated in the Messages app.

Funny Animated GifDancing Cat Animated GifAnimated Gif Jim Carrey Typing WildlyDancing Banana

Hat tip to Jeff Richardson over at iPhone JD, who inspired this tip via his review of an app call Stick Text that makes it a snap to send funny animated gifs of stick men.


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6 Responses

  1. Nick Holroyd says:

    I put out an iPhone app called Gif Text that gives you an entire library of classic animated gifs as well as animated rage faces and popular youtube clips. With an upgrade you can add your own to the library.


  2. Ryan says:

    This doesn’t work for me. I hold my finger down on the .gif and tap save IMAGE, but that’s exactly what it saves the file as–an image. When I send it, it’s just an image.

  3. Alan says:

    If you view it in the iPhone’s Photos app, it will not appear animated…it will show it as a single frame image. If you send it, it will be animated to the recipient. Try sending it to yourself to test it out.

  4. Jim says:

    Some work, some don’t. Not sure why

  5. Mark says:

    You can just search gifs via google image and save as. Then you can send said message as a gif the same way you do any photo in your text.

  6. Dre says:

    Why can’t you just copy and paste the animated gif?? What happens if you do that??

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