Giffy: view animated GIFs in the Photos app

By , May 7, 2012

Animated GIFs are an incredibly popular method for sharing moving pictures in a way that’s viewable in a wide variety of areas. As a result we have new apps like Gifture appearing on the App Store.

While GIFs are easily viewable in the Safari browser, saving them to the Photos app results in a loss of the animation. Since animation is the whole point behind animated GIFs, saving them to the Photos app under normal circumstances might seem a bit pointless.

But that’s where jailbreaking once again proves its worthiness. Giffy is a new jailbreak tweak that allows you to view animated GIFs within iOS’ stock Photos app…

Once installed, Giffy requires no configuration or setup. Simply saving an animated GIF to your Photos app will allow you to reap the benefits that Giffy brings to your device.

I did notice that it takes a bit of coercing to actually get the animation to begin (see the video for more details), but it does work.

If you’re someone who enjoys viewing animated GIFs, then Giffy may be worth the $0.99 asking price on Cydia’s BigBoss repo.

Let me know what you think about Giffy in the comments below.

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  • Anonymous

    Isn’t this a double post?

    • http://www.youtube.com/myjailbreakmovies/ Jeff Benjamin

      No.

  • Gerard Burke

    Actually you can save animated .gifs to your stock photoroll.You just cant see it animate..once you send it via imessage it will animate

    • http://www.youtube.com/myjailbreakmovies/ Jeff Benjamin

      True. It just “loses” the animation while in Photos.

  • http://www.GoldenGateDomains.com/ Golden Gate Domains

    Brilliant!!! Thanks!!!

    But, the very disturbing real question is: why is such a simple, logical and very convenient feature like saving animated GIFs such an obvious overlook by Apple’s Engineers!!!

  • Donovan Wynter

    jiffy should enable us to upload them jiff animations to websites e.g fb, twitter and other social sites

  • Blake Tweed

    I added a gif to my camera roll on my iPod and the gif moves way too fast is there a way to slow that down