GIFs are animated images that play continuously in a loop. You can turn your still photos, Live Photos, and videos into GIFs on your iPhone and iPad. In this tutorial, we show you 4 free ways to create GIFs on your iPhone and save or share them.
1. Use the iPhone Photos app
- Turns a Live Photo into a GIF
- Free to use
- No watermark
- Extremely easy
Con: Works only with a single Live Photo. You can’t join two or more Live Photos into a GIF.
Good for: Quickly turning a Live Photo into a GIF and sharing it with friends and family via iMessage, WhatsApp, etc.
Follow these steps to turn a Live Photo into a GIF:
1) Open the Photos app and make sure you’re in the Albums tab.
2) Scroll down and tap Live Photos.
If you don’t see this option, that means you haven’t taken any Live Photos on your iPhone. To do that, open the Camera app and be in PHOTO. Now, tap the Live Photo icon from the top right.
3) Tap a Live Photo to open it in full screen.
4) Select Live from the top left and choose Loop or Bounce.
You will notice that the Live Photo is now constantly moving as if it’s a GIF. Tap the share icon and send it via WhatsApp or another medium, and this Live Photo will be sent as a GIF.
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2. Use the built-in Shortcuts app
- Turns several photos, Live Photos, bursts, and videos into a GIF
- Free to use
- No watermark
- Easy even for a beginner
Con: Not many customization options when compared to third-party apps.
Good for: Creating basic GIFs quickly, freely, and without watermark.
The Gallery section of the iOS Shortcuts app has several handy shortcuts that you can use to create GIFs on your iPhone. Here’s how to use them:
1) Open the Shortcuts app and tap Gallery.
2) Type GIF in the search bar to see related shortcuts.
3) Tap the plus button tile to add them to your shortcuts. I have added the following shortcuts:
- Convert Photos To GIF
- Convert Burst To GIF
- Video to GIF
- Shoot A GIF
4) Tap My Shortcuts to see the above-added shortcuts.
5) Tap the desired shortcut tile, and select the images, Live Photos, or video.
6) Once the shortcut creates the GIF, it will show you a preview. Tap the share icon and choose Save Image to have the GIF in your iPhone’s Photos app.
3. Use the Twitter app to create a GIF
- Easy and free to use
- No watermark
Con: You can only use the camera to create a GIF and not saved photos.
Good for: Easily turning what you see around you into a GIF.
In late March 2022, Twitter announced that you can now create GIFs from inside the Twitter iPhone app with the in-app camera.
Here’s how to use the Twitter app to create a GIF on your iPhone:
1) Open Twitter and tap the plus button to compose a new Tweet.
2) Tap the photo icon.
3) Tap the Camera icon.
4) With GIF selected, press and hold the big round shoot button.
5) Tap Use GIF.
The GIF is automatically saved to your iPhone’s Photos app. You don’t have to Tweet this GIF if you don’t want to.
4. Use third-party iPhone apps to make GIFs
- Offers more customizations like adding text, changing speed, tweaking the canvas type, etc.
- You can turn images, Live Photos, videos, bursts, Time-lapse, and even Slo-Mo into a GIF
- Relatively easy to use
- Too many tools can create confusion
- Not to forget that most GIF apps show several ads, require payment, add a watermark to the final file, or let you only use a few images to create the GIF. To get rid of all these, you need to subscribe to a plan or buy a lifetime license
Good for: People who make several GIFs daily and need a bunch of tools to customize the GIF.
GIF Maker – Make Video to GIFs
This app lets you turn photos and other file types into GIFs. The free version has ads and several limitations, which you can unlock by a monthly or yearly subscription. But overall, GIF Maker is easy to use, and if you wish to create tons of GIFs, this app is a powerful tool to achieve that goal.
GIF Maker – ImgPlay
ImgPlay allows you to create a GIF from Video, Photo, Live Photo, Burst, etc. The app also offers several features like adjusting the canvas size, adding text, beautifying with filters, changing the speed, spicing the GIF with stickers, and more. However, please note that the free version adds a watermark in the bottom right of the GIF.
Besides the above two apps, you can also use the following options that are simpler, offering little to no customization during GIF creation:
Must see: The best free apps for creating animated GIFs on iPhone
These are some of the handy ways to create a GIF on your iPhone and iPad. If you have a particular app or method in mind, please feel free to share that with us.
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