How to save and view GIFs on iPhone

GIF stands for Graphics Interchange Format. It’s basically a moving picture that looks like a short video but does not have any sound. Thus, GIF files have much smaller size than videos. We use GIFs because it can be easily uploaded and shared on social networks or instant messengers, such as Twitter and Facebook.

“If a picture says a thousand words, then an animated GIF probably says 10,000” – Have you ever heard that? 😀

You can save and play GIFs on your PC easily. But have you ever wondered how you can download, save and play these images on your iPhone? Well, this post will reveal everything about saving and viewing GIFs on your iOS device.

How to save GIFs on iPhone and iPad

When you surf web using Safari and find some interesting or funny GIF images, you may want to download and save them. But after saving that GIF in Camera Roll, you won’t be able to view the animations, instead it displays as a static image. That’s because the Photos app doesn’t support GIF files.

Keep reading to see how you can view these amazing images on your iPhone.

How to save and view GIFs on iPhone using the stock Messages app.

#1 Saving a GIF

  1. Find the GIFs that you want to save. You can find them on Google Images, Tumblr, Twitter or Giphy.com.
  2. Tap and hold the image for a moment to reveal the quick menu. Tap “Save image”. The GIF file will be saved in Camera Roll folder in the Photos app.

#2 Viewing a GIF

The Photos app does not support animations of GIF files so we need to use another app, follow the steps below.

  1. Open the Messages app on your iPhone/iPad, tap the button on the top right corner to create a new conversation. Don’t worry. You don’t have to send a message.
  2. You have to select a recipient to be able to attach images in the conversation. If you want to share the GIF with your friends then select their name. If not, you can type anything into that.How to save GIFs on iPhone using Messages app
  3. Tap the Camera button on the left of the text box. Choose your GIF in Camera Roll and tap the Send button.
  4. Now the GIF will display as a bubble message. If your recipient is not correct, it will notify you that the message is not delivered. But you can still view the GIF. Tap the bubble message to see it in full-screen mode.How to save GIFs on iPhone using Messages app

Ok. I just showed you how to save and view GIFs on iPhone and iPad using the stock app only.

If you are not comfortable with this solution, you can use third-party apps as well.

Saving GIFs on iPhone using third-party apps 

You can download an app called GIFwrapped for free on the App Store. This app lets you find, download, play GIFs and even sync them with your Dropbox account.

All your downloaded GIFs stored in Camera Roll can be found in the Photos tab. If you use Search tab to search and download GIFs, GIFWrapped will keep all these files within the app, but you can send them via Message, Email or save to Camera Roll.

How to save GIFs on iPhone using GIFwrapped

Another app for GIFs viewing I think is worth checking out is GIFPlayer. In fact, it has more features than GIFwrapped:

How to save GIFs on iPhone using GIFplayer

  • Saving GIFs to Camera Roll
  • Playing GIFs (you can pause, move backward, move forward like with video)
  • Converting GIFs to videos and saving to Camera Roll
  • Built-in browser with a list of free GIF Sites
  • 4-digit Passcode

Besides that, if you want to know about the drawbacks, then this app has really annoying ads in the free version.

[For jailbroken devices] How to view animated GIFs in Photos app using jailbreak tweaks

For those of you who have a jailbroken device, a tweak like GIFViewer is the only thing you need. This jailbreak tweak allows you to view animated GIFs that are saved in Camera Roll. After installing, it just starts working automatically and there is no preference panel in the Settings app, so nothing to configure. The tweak is available on Cydia for $0.99.

In some cases, if GIFViewer doesn’t work for you, you can try another tweak named EDBDGIFViewer9. This Cydia tweak is free and works flawlessly but it is only available with iOS 9. You can install EDBDGIFViewer9 by adding Fierp source to Cydia (https://fierp.github.io) or open this link in Safari.

I’ve completed my guide on how to save and view GIFs for iPhone and iPad. Hopefully, this guide will help you to find a good solution, that you have been waiting for. If you still face any problem or have some questions, feel free to let me know in the comment section below.

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