It’s easy to save a random image you find on the internet to your iPhone. Tap and hold on to the photo and wait until the system prompted you with the option.
What about saving a GIF to an iOS device?
This often brings a headache to a lot of iPhone and iPad users because their Camera Roll won’t be able to play any of the downloaded GIFs due to Apple firmware not supporting them by default.
Unlike a regular photo, GIF stands for Graphics Interchange Format, and it’s a form of image that moves as an animation. You can think of it as a super short video with no sound. When you see a GIF online, it often loads faster than a regular video. That’s why many people love to share them on social media.
If you ever come across a GIF that you like to save for offline viewing, there are several ways to do so.
How to Save GIFs on your iPhone
- Go on any GIFs sharing image sites or Google Images
- Tap and hold on the image for a few seconds
- A quick option menu will display
- Tap on Save Image
Like I mentioned earlier, saving a GIF on your iPhone is as easy as saving any regular pictures. However, your Camera Roll will only show them as a static photo since iOS doesn’t have support for GIF playing yet.
In additional to the default saving method, you can also make use of third-party apps from the App Store. I recently came across an app called Giphy, and it works very well.
GIPHY provide a search engine for you to find your favorite GIFs and then save them to your Camera Roll.
How to Play Gifs on iPhone
Now that you have some of your favorite GIFs saved how do we come about viewing them? Your stock Photos app surely don’t display them the right way.Go to the App Store
- Navigate to the Search page
- Type in Gif Viewer
- Install it on your iOS device
Once the Gif Viewer app is installed, import any GIFs that you downloaded to your Camera Roll over to the app. It will then allows you to play those files as an actual GIF rather than static image.
Cydia Tweak to View Animated Gif Images
Without a doubt, the process of viewing a GIF on an iPhone would be much easier if you have a jailbroken device.
With a jailbreak tweak called Giffy, you can play any GIFs directly in the Photos app. No need for third-party apps from the App Store. It also has support for previewing your GIFs in Messages, Mail, and other applications before you decide to send them.
Let’s just hope that in the future, Apple would include support for GIF in their stock Photos app so that users don’t have to perform more steps than they have to.