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How I Animate Discord Profile Pictures (& You Can Too)

Animated display pictures are very appealing and there is no doubt they make your profile stand out from the competition. The same is the case when you choose animated pictures for discord. Nitro and other tools are helpful in doing so.

Liza Brown
Liza Brown
Originally published Dec 20, 21, updated May 20, 24
How I Animate Discord Profile Pictures (& You Can Too)

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Some users are still unaware of the fact that they can change the discord profile photo. If you are looking forward to the same, then you are on the right page.

Here we will discuss the process helpful for animating Discord profile pictures in just a few simple steps. Let's get started!

Part 1 Where Can I Get an Animated Avatar for Discord?

In this section, we will discuss how you can animate a PFP and how to get an animated avatar for Discord.

How Do You Animate a PFP?

The steps you need to follow to animate a PFP are:

Step 1: Firstly, you need to decide on what character you want to have as PFP. It can be a cartoon character, a painting, an illustration etc.

choose avatar

Step 2: Now, choose an online tool and begin to edit your image. When you upload the image, make sure to crop it to square. Please note that you need to make your image circle. So now, look for the rounded corner option and give the image the desired shape.

crop avatar

Step 3: It's time to be creative with the image now. You can remove background, erase or add text and even add a background that suits your avatar. The customization depends all on your requirement. This is it. Now, you need to know how you can get an animated avatar on Discord.

customize avatar

Part 2 How to Get an Animated Profile Picture on Discord

If you are confused about how you will be able to get an animated profile picture on Discord, don't worry at all. The steps are as follows:

Step 1: To get an animated discord profile picture, you will need to have Nitro. Otherwise the profile picture won't save as animated. Also, if you use PC for this, things will be better. Now, open the desktop version of Discord.

Step 2: Login to your account and go to User Settings by clicking the gear icon given next to your profile picture.

click user settings discord

Step 3: In Settings, multiple options will be visible. You need to look for the "Discord Nitro" option. Clicking on this will lead you to Discord Nitro page.

Note: You need to click on "Subscribe" if you don't have Discord Nitro.

subscribe discord nitro

Step 4: Choose the plan once you subscribe. Hit on "Select" after choosing it.

select plan discord nitr

Step 5: Pay for it using the desired payment method. Enter your address and agree to the terms and conditions of Discord. After all the formalities are done, please click on "Sweet". This will complete the subscription.

nitro activated

Step 6: Now, head to the GIF website like Tenor and choose the GIF that you like. Download it. You can right click on the GIF and click "Save Image as…" to get it.

save gif

Step 7: After saving the GIF, go to the Settings of your Discord account. Hit on "User Profile" followed by "Change Avatar".

change avatar discord

Step 8: The dialog box will open where you need to find the GIF you just saved. After finding the GIF, click on "Open".

open gif

Note: You can take the animated avatar that you created yourself by using the steps in the previous part.

Step 9: Now, you will get to the Discord profile picture page. Here, you need to resize the GIF. Click on "Apply" when you are satisfied with the resizing or you can skip it too.

apply profile picture discord

Step 10: Save the changes and you are good to go!

save changes discord

Part 3 Some Other Useful Tips to Improve Your Image Animate

If you're wondering how to improve image animation, we've got some pointers for you. We all know that nitro is expensive and not everyone can get it for animating images. If you're thinking the same thing, we've got the best tools for you right here.

Tools to consider for animating and improving the image:

01Adobe Spark:

Adobe Spark is also among the best logo animation makers available and comes with the best features. It gives the final touch to the logo or video you have created. When you wish to animate your profile picture for Discord, the same can be done easily with it. The collection available on it is really very cool, and selecting from it can be an amazing experience. The templates are divided into categories along with the tabular ones so that you can choose them as per your requirements.



Renderforest is also among the most loved software or applications loved by people around the world. It is helpful in creating logo animations too, for free. You can also choose from different templates available and customise them accordingly. Also, giving the animated effect to the logo is really very easy. If you wish to edit the logo, the same can be done easily. The major feature making it more appealing today is the transition effect, which is helpful in transforming a normal 2D logo into a 3D effect.


03Free Design logo:

Free Design logo is an online application that always rules out the list. It features a 3D animation logo maker that is available for free. It has some logo samples and a catalogue available that are helpful for users to create excellent logos easily. Moreover, the templates available can be customised as per the need for stop. A user needs to download the application and, after it, they can have access to all the examples available for 3D logos.

free logo design

04Tube arsenal:

Tube Arsenal is also a famous application for users whenever they wish to animate a logo for their company. The interface appears to be similar to Renderforest, but the features are quite advanced. There is no technical knowledge required for using the same because it comes with an easy-to-use interface and templates that will be helpful in creating the logo of your choice. 

tube arsenal

Creative logo tips:

creative logo

Some tips you can keep in mind while creating logo are as follows:

Be specific to your brand. Be sure that you are not choosing a logo that may deviate customers from your brand perspective.

Always choose colors in contrast because a single color logo does not seem to be appealing.

Make sure to choose a template that is easy to understand. If the template seems to be difficult to understand, a user will not be able to get it.

Create a logo with the minimum design because excessive design will make it tacky.

Be sure not to add extra icons to the logo. This can be troublesome and make the logo unappealing.

Go for white or a dark shade of background, because this will be helpful in making the text more visible.

Part 1 How to add an animated image/DP to WhatsApp?

Unfortunately, if you are looking forward to setting up an animated image on WhatsApp, it is not possible. The WhatsApp algorithm has been designed in such a manner that you can only use static images that is in JPG format. If the format is not the same, you can't use it as the image over WhatsApp.

Key Takeaways from This Episode

Nitro is helpful in setting up the animated image for discord.

Filmora Pro is the best tool for editing images and animating them.

WhatsApp doesn't entertain setting up animated images over DP.

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