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Creative Ways to Make iPhone Text GIF

Liza Brown
Liza Brown
Originally published Mar 21, 22, updated May 20, 24
Creative Ways to Make iPhone Text GIF

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GIFs add fun and humor to interactions via text messages. GIFs allow you to convey ideas, emotions, and thoughts in much more precise ways than an emoji would. iPhones operating on iOS 10 or later versions have an in-built GIF keyboard, making it super easy to add GIFs. iPhone text GIFs are readily accessible from GIF keyboards. Still, if you do not have one, you can resort to third-party applications like GIPHY and GIF keyboard for more prominent access to GIF libraries.

Giphy GIF

Let's now delve into the different ways of adding GIFs in text messages on iPhone and directly sending them using the Messages app.

Part 1 How to Text a GIF: For iOS and Android Users

iPhone text GIFs make texting more fun. Hence, we dedicated this part to teaching you how to use iPhone text GIFs to revitalize and better express yourself while texting.

On iPhone, there are two different ways to send iPhone text GIFs – employing the default keyboard or through the help of third-party apps. You can use the iOS default keyboard to search for GIFs in iMessage on iPhones directly. This applies to all iPhones running on iOS 10 and later versions. If your iPhone belongs to this category, follow the simple steps to add GIFs in text messages on iPhone:

01Sending GIFs using the iPhone Default Keyboard

Here's how you can send iPhone text GIFs using the iOS default keyboard:

Step 1: On your iPhone, click on the iMessage app to open it.

open iMessage

Step 2: Click on the contact you want to send the GIF to from the list. If you have not previously sent a message to the contact, at the top right corner, click the Write icon represented as a square with a pencil, then enter the name of the contact you want to send the GIF to.

select the contact

Step 3: Click the Images icon from the menu bar below the new message field. The image icon represents a white magnifying glass in the middle of a pink-colored circle.

click the images icon

Step 4: This pops up a GIF keyboard with the prompt, "Find images." Browse through the library of GIFs to see recently used or popular GIFs. If you're looking for a specific GIF, type in a search keyword into the Find images search bar to discover the results of GIFs that best match your request. For example, you may type "Compliments of the season" or "Grumpy," depending on what you want.

enter the search keyword

Step 5: Scroll through the different GIFs on your screen to find the one that best fits your message. Click on it to automatically add it to your message in the text field. Peradventure you selected the wrong GIF, hit the small "x" icon at the top right corner of the GIF to delete it.

select your desired GIF

Step 6: Click the Send icon, represented as a blue arrow icon, to send your GIF.

hit send

You can add comments to a GIF just before sending it on the iMessage app. Type a message under the GIF before clicking "Send" to get the comment delivered together with the GIF.

From these simple steps, you can tell that sending a GIF from an iOS default keyboard is straightforward.

02Sending GIFs from an Android Device

Adding a GIF while using an Android phone is pretty much straightforward. Using the Gboard keyboard, follow the steps below to add a GIF on Android:

Step 1: Open the Message app and at the bottom of the screen, click the text bubble icon to enter the name of the person you're texting in the contact field > Click Start.

launch message and click start

Step 2: Click the smiley icon on the keyboard > Swipe to browse through GIFs and stickers or enter a search text to find your desired GIF.

launch message and click start

Step 3: Select the GIF you want by clicking on it > Hit Send.

Part 2 How to Text a GIF on an iPhone Using a Third-Party App

Sending a GIF from an iPhone is also possible using third-party applications such as GIF Keyboard and GIPHY. These applications are built to add character to text messaging using animated objects called GIFs. Adding a GIF to your texts usually brings in some humor and life. You must have downloaded them from App Store and installed them on your iPhone to use these applications.

You can also visit third-party websites to send GIFs from there. For example, GIPHY supports searching and sending GIFs via iMessage.

Here are the steps to follow to search and send GIFs on iPhone text messages on iMessage using third-party tools:

Step 1: Search for your desired GIF on GIPHY or other GIF websites.

search for your preferred GIF

Step 2: Click on the GIF to open it.

open the GIF by clicking on it

Step 3: Long press on the GIF, and from the pop-up options, click Open.

long press on the GIF

Step 4: Launch Messages, click the Write icon and enter the person's contact details you want to text.

select the contact you want to text

Step 5: Click on the text box to bring up your iOS keyboard.

click on the text box

Step 6: Click on the text box again to add the paste option.

click again to bring up the paste option

Step 7: When the GIF appears, click Paste.

click paste

Step 8: A preview of the GIF would appear on the text box. Hit Send when you're ready to send the GIF.

tap send

If you use a GIF website other than GIPHY, the sent GIF may appear as a link rather than an image. If you're okay with that, make sure the address of the shared animated image you end with the file extension, ".gif" if not, iMessage would not be able to load it.

Part 3 How to Send GIFs on iPhone

To save your file with .GIF extension, you need an application or software accessible online and offline. Indeed, many GIF creators are available in the market, both free and paid versions. However, Wondershare Filmora Video Editor is one of the preferable programs for video conversion to GIF. The software is intuitive and does not require any tech knowledge to use it. With this software, you can customize or create your GIFs while adding creative animation effects and texts to them. Filmora supports GIF creation from a variety of video formats including .mpeg, .dat, .mkv, .wmv, .mp4, .avi, and .evo.

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With Filmora, you can create and edit your GIFs with its in-built tools like rotation, color correction, cropping, speed alterations, merging, and lots more. What is more, you can also make a GIF online using Filmora online meme maker. This platform allows you to make videos, GIFs, and image memes without a watermark. You need no sign-up, and it is free to use. Create captions for your GIF while changing your text size, position, and color. Your text can be directly placed outside or inside the GIF and rotated to give it an artistic feel. When you finish creating, your GIF is ready to be used across all devices, including your iPhone.  

If you're unsure about how to use Wondershare Filmora for creating your GIF, below is a YouTube clip to guide you through the process for iPhone text GIFs.

Key Takeaways from This Episode

How to create a GIF on an iPhone text and Android device.

How to text a GIF using third-party tools like GIPHY and GIF Keyboard.

The use of Wondershare Filmora to create GIFs with animated texts and outstanding edits.

If you have stayed with us till this point, you'd have learned how to use your iOS default keyboard to send iPhone text GIFs effortlessly. You have also known how to send GIFs using the Gboard keyboard on your Android devices. Finally, you were introduced to Wondershare Filmora, a professional video editing software that allows you to create stunning GIFs in text messages for iPhone online and offline. 

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