Sending GIFs is an amusing way of expressing emotions without saying a word—except not all of us are fully aware of the art of sending GIFs. Every operating system keyboard comes with its way of sending animated GIFs, and they’re anything but complicated.
When you open your messaging app and type on the keyboard, you’ll notice a GIF option. Once you click on it, you’ll see a selection of GIFs that you can explore and send the one that resonates with you most.
Apart from inbuilt smartphone apps or social media trackers that help you find trending GIFs, there are specialized apps that offer a vast collection of GIFs. Users simply search with keywords to find a GIF that best describes the emotion they’d like to display.
To add GIFS to your iPhone texts with the default keyboard feature, follow these steps to send GIFS on the iMessage app:
If you are using the Google keyboard by default, follow these steps to send a GIF over a text message on Android phones:
If you’re looking for an extensive collection of GIFs, you can download an app that offers more options. This won’t replace the default keyboard on your phone’s messaging apps; it serves as a standalone app. To add a GIF, open the newly downloaded keyboard and select a GIF of your choice to send through your preferred messaging app.
With GIFs becoming universally popular, Apple included the GIF feature as part of the default iMessage in iOS. You may also download GIF apps to work with your messaging app. GIPHY and GIF Keyboard are the two most popular options. Besides using the App Store, you can also download them through iMessage by tapping the + icon on your messaging app.
You can also use a video to a GIF converter to send directly from your messaging app.
If you’re sending an SMS message, it will automatically convert to MMS to send multimedia content.
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