How to Send Animated GIF in iPhone Messages App

Animated GIF can now be sent via Messages app on your iPhone. Spice up your conversation with friends and family by sharing some funny animated GIFs.

Animated GIFs are the latest non-verbal expressions people love to use in their communication over social media. There are numbers of websites offer hundreds of animated GIF emotions to express your thoughts without writing a word.

Until now, people have exchanged such hilarious content over email or on Facebook posts, but now it is possible to share an animated GIF with your friend on iPhone.

How to Send Animated GIF in Messages App on iPhone

Note that the recipient must have iMessage configured on his/her iOS device to receive animated GIF files.

How to Send Animated GIF on Messages App in iPhone

There are multiple ways you have stored animated GIFs in the Photos app on your iPhone; either you have downloaded your favourite GIFs from a website, or you may have received such files via email or a friend of yours may have sent you one. In any case, you can send that animated GIF with the help of Messages app on your iPhone.

Step #1. Launch Photos app on iPhone.

Usually, these GIF files are stored in Camera Roll in the Albums.

Open GIF from iPhone Camera Roll

Step #2. Tap on the GIF you want to send.

Select Animated GIF You Want to Share Via Message on iPhone

Step #3. Tap on the Share button from the bottom left corner of your iPhone’s screen.

Tap on Sharing Icon in iPhone Photos App

You will see several sharing options lined up in two rows. The very first in the upper row is Message.

Step #4. Tap on Message app.

Tap on Message Icon in Sharing Sheet in iPhone Photos App

Step #5. Type in the name of the recipient in “To” field.

Type Recipient Name in Message App on iPhone

Step #6. Now tap on the “Send” button next to the animated GIF file.

Send Animated GIF in iPhone Messages App

Your message will be delivered soon to the recipient you have chosen.

If you choose a recipient, who doesn’t own an iOS device, the message will not be delivered, and a pop-up will appear on the screen: Message Failed to Send.

Note that you can also share animated GIF by choosing Mail option from the list. Once you send the file, ask your friend if s/he could open the same file properly on his/her device.

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