How to Send a Gif on iPhone

Charlotte Daniels

iPhone, Tutorials

Sending a GIF on your iPhone can add a fun and dynamic touch to your conversations. Whether you want to express your emotions or just share something amusing, sending a GIF is a great way to do it. In this tutorial, we will walk you through the simple steps of sending a GIF on your iPhone.

Step 1: Find the Perfect GIF
To send a GIF, you first need to find one that suits your message. There are several ways to find GIFs on your iPhone:

  • Method 1: Use the Messages App
  • Open the Messages app and tap on the conversation where you want to send the GIF. Next, tap on the “A” icon located next to the text input field.

    This will open the app drawer at the bottom of the screen. Scroll through until you find “GIFs” and tap on it. Now, you can browse through various categories or use the search bar at the top to find specific GIFs.

  • Method 2: Use Safari or any other web browser
  • If you prefer using Safari or any other web browser, go to a website that offers a collection of GIFs like Giphy or Tenor. Browse through their library and select a GIF that sparks your interest.

  • Method 3: Use a dedicated GIF app
  • If you are an avid user of GIFs, consider downloading dedicated apps like Giphy or Tenor from the App Store. These apps provide an extensive collection of GIFs and make it even easier to find and share them.

Step 2: Send the GIF
Once you have found the perfect GIF, it’s time to send it! Here’s how:

  • Method 1: Using the Messages App
  • Open the Messages app and tap on the conversation where you want to send the GIF. Tap on the text input field to bring up the keyboard. Tap on “GIFs” and select your desired GIF from either your recently used GIFs or by browsing through categories or using the search bar. Finally, tap on the send button (usually represented by an arrow pointing upwards) to send your chosen GIF.

  • Method 2: Using a Web Browser or Dedicated App
  • If you found a GIF using Safari or a dedicated app, simply tap and hold on the GIF until a menu appears. From this menu, select “Copy” or “Save Image.” Once copied or saved, go back to your Messages app and navigate to the conversation where you want to send the GIF.

    Tap on the text input field and select “Paste” from the pop-up menu that appears. Your copied or saved GIF will now appear in the chat box. Finally, hit send to share it with your friends.


  • Resize and Preview: Before sending a GIF, you can resize it by pinching in or out with two fingers. You can also preview how it looks before sending by tapping and holding on it in your message thread.
  • Organize Your Favorites: In some apps like Giphy, you can save specific GIFs as favorites for quick access later on.
  • Make Your Own: If you can’t find exactly what you’re looking for, consider creating your own GIF using apps like Giphy Cam or ImgPlay.


Sending a GIF on your iPhone is a simple and enjoyable way to spice up your conversations. Whether you use the Messages app, a web browser, or dedicated apps, finding and sharing GIFs has never been easier. So go ahead, add some fun and expressiveness to your messages with GIFs!

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