How to Send Gifs on iPhone

Joel Mason

iPhone, Tutorials

Sending GIFs on an iPhone is a fun and expressive way to communicate with your friends and family. Whether you want to add a touch of humor to your messages or convey your emotions visually, GIFs are the perfect choice.

In this tutorial, I will guide you through the different methods you can use to send GIFs on your iPhone. Let’s get started!

Method 1: Using the Messages App

The Messages app on your iPhone allows you to send GIFs directly through the built-in keyboard. Here’s how you can do it:

  1. Open the Messages app on your iPhone.
  2. Select the conversation where you want to send the GIF.
  3. Tap on the text input field to bring up the keyboard.
  4. Tap on the “A” icon next to the text input field.
  5. In the bottom-left corner of the screen, tap on the “App Store” icon.
  6. Tap on the “+” icon in the bottom-left corner of the screen.
  7. You’ll now see a list of available apps. Tap on “GIF Keyboard” or any other GIF app you have installed.
  8. Browse through the available GIFs or use the search bar to find a specific one.
  9. Once you’ve found a GIF you want to send, tap on it.
  10. You can add a caption or message if desired, then tap on “Send”.

Note: Make sure you have an active internet connection when using this method as it requires downloading and sending GIFs online.

Method 2: Using a Third-Party App

If you prefer using dedicated third-party apps for sending GIFs, there are several options available on the App Store. Here’s how you can use one of these apps:

  1. Open the App Store on your iPhone and search for a GIF app like “GIPHY” or “Tenor”.
  2. Install the app of your choice and open it.
  3. You can add a caption or message if desired, then tap on “Send” or choose the messaging app you want to use.

Note: Some third-party apps may require you to copy the GIF and paste it into your desired messaging app manually.

Method 3: Saving and Sending GIFs from Safari

If you come across a GIF while browsing Safari and want to send it to someone, here’s how you can do it:

  1. Open Safari on your iPhone and navigate to the webpage containing the GIF you want to send.
  2. Tap and hold on the GIF until a menu appears.
  3. In the menu that appears, select “Save Image”.
  4. Open the Messages app or any other messaging app of your choice.
  5. Tap on the text input field, then tap on “Paste”.
  6. The saved GIF will appear in your message. You can add any additional text if desired, then tap on “Send”.

Note: This method allows you to send any GIFs you come across while browsing Safari, even if they are not specifically designed for messaging apps.


Sending GIFs on your iPhone is a great way to add a touch of creativity and humor to your conversations. Whether you prefer using the built-in Messages app, dedicated third-party apps, or saving GIFs from Safari, you now have multiple methods at your disposal. So go ahead and start sending those funny and expressive GIFs to make your messages more engaging!

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