Are you fascinated about GIF and eagerly desire to share with friends and family? Is saving your favorite gif on your iPhone and iPad difficult and tiring? Are you confused or finding it uneasy downloading that fantastic graphics interchange format that expresses your thoughts, emotions, and feeling while messaging loved ones on your latest iOS? We present to you a step-by-step, easy-to-understand process of how to download, save and send gifs on your iPhone/iPad running on iOS 10, 11 or earlier. To begin:

How to Save and Preview GIFs on iOS 10/11 or Later?

iPhone is an excellent gadget designed with great OS features. iOS 10 introduced a great feature when it came to photo app: the ability to save GIFs to your iPhone and iPad, but they were not playable. Interestingly, with third-party services like Dropbox the ability to play GIFs was possible but the accessibility wasn’t as convenient as the Photos app.

On the other hand, iOS 11 was an upgrade with animated album in the Albums tab; you can automatically collect previously saved GIFs, making it a perfect storage tool for reaction and funky GIFs you stumble on. And you don’t have to download a third party app to play your GIFs. Here is an easy way on how to save and view GIFs on iOS 10:

Step 1. Search for the GIF you would love to save ( is a perfect place to start).

Step 2. Tap the button and hold the GIF until a new window appear on the screen.

Step 3. Tap on save image. Launch your third-party app like Google Photos.

Step 4. Then Tap the GIF you would like to view. You will notice it playing in the small window. You can now see the GIF!

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Unfortunately, when you open the Photo app, it’ll just appear as an image still. How to save and view GIFs on your iPhone and iPad on iOS 11:

Step 1. Search the GIF you would like to save ( is a great place to start!).

Step 2. Tap and hold the GIF for few seconds until a new window appears on screen. Tap Save Image. Launch the Photos app from your Home screen.

Step 3. Tap Albums along the bottom of the screen. Tap Animated to view your GIFs.

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Now you’ve got your animated GIFs, just tap on saved GIFs and play GIFs on iPhone automatically. No need for third-party apps!

How to Save GIFs from Any Website?

Saving GIFs from website isn’t challenging at all. Several sites are dedicated to maintaining a vast database of GIFs. The GIFs are categorized into various groups so that you can express yourself flawlessly. Nonetheless, you can either save them on our device or share them directly from the source website. To save GIFs from any website, follow this steps:

Step 1. Launch any web browser from your iPhone.

Step 2. You can visit a dedicated site for GIFs like, Rebloggy, Imgur, Tenor, etc. They are accessible websites to find and share GIFs across several platforms.

Step 3. Let’s take, for instance, assuming you open on your browser. You can view any GIF from various categories by searching with a keyword.

Step 4. Just click on the GIF you want to save. Tap and hold on the GIF to copy or keep it on your iPhone and iPad.

Step 5. For older iOS devices like iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6, iPhone SE, or iPhone 5s, you will need to tap and hold the GIF to get various options. From the list of options tap on the “Save GIF” option to save it on your device storage.

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On iOS 11, you simply need to 3D touch the image. A list of various options will open in another window, just tap “Save image” and that’s all. You can now save your favorite GIFs from a website without any trouble!

How to Save GIFs from iMessage?

Saving GIFs is not only limited to websites, but you can also save GIFs on your iOS 11 right from the iMessage app as well. Chatting with friends can be fun and exciting while sending and receiving GIFs. Although the feature has always been there, iOS 11 just made it better with the ability to save GIFs from the message app directly. The following steps will help you learn how to save GIFs on iOS 10, 11 and later:

Step 1. Launch your iMessage app. Tap on any received message of your choice to view its GIFs and save it. Then you can later find the GIFs you’ve saved and share.

Step 2. For older iOS version, touch the GIF and hold it. A list of options will open and just tap on “save” to save the GIF on your phone. On iOS 10 and 11, simply 3D touch the GIF, and some list of options will come up. Just tap on “save” button to perform the desired operation.

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In this way, you will be able to save and view GIFs from your iMessage app!

How to Send GIFs to iMessage or Other Apps?

Apart from downloading, saving and viewing GIFs, you can also share them via your iMessage app and other platforms. On iOS 10 or earlier the saved GIFs will appear as a still image in the Photos app. But, as soon as you’ve sent it, it will reanimate. If you use iOS 11 or later, the GIFs will always be animated in the Photos app. The easiest and fastest means to share the GIF is:

Step 1. Find the GIF you want to share in Photos app. Tap the share button.

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Step 2. Select the means of sharing the GIF, either via message, mail, Facebook, Facebook Messenger, Twitter, and Tumblr. If you choose message, just select who you want to send it to.

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Step 3. Tap send, the up arrow button on iOS 10, 11 or later.

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That’s all you need to do to share and send your GIFs to others!

Without any doubt, the ball has been set rolling for you to enjoy the beautiful sets of GIFs you want. Just follow each step, and you will be downloading, saving, receiving, and sending your GIFs with ease, convenience, and joy.