There are a few ways to send GIFs in iMessage. The easiest way is using the built-in “#images” iMessage app, which lets you search through all sorts of GIFs and send them quickly and easily. You can also share GIFs from other apps and send them through iMessage.
- Open up the iMessage app on your iPhone and select the contact that you want to send the GIF to.
At the bottom, you’ll see your iMessage apps all lined up.
- Look for the red icon with a magnifying glass and tap on it when you see it. You may need to scroll through the apps before you find it.
After you select it, a small section will pop up from the bottom, displaying a handful of animated GIFs.
- Scroll through the endless list of random GIFs, or tap on the search box that says “Find images”.
- Type in a keyword relating to the type of GIF you want and tap “Search”.
A list of animated GIFs will appear that relate to your keyword search.
- Tap on a GIF when you find one you like.
After you tap on the GIF, it will appear in the iMessage text box ready for you to send. You can then send just the GIF, or you can include a message to go with the GIF.
Once you’re done sending GIFs, you can exit out of the #images iMessage app and go back to the keyboard by tapping in the iMessage text box.
Sharing GIFs from Other Apps
If the #images iMessage app doesn’t have the exact GIF you’re looking for, you can instead open up your own app of choice and search for a GIF there.
We’ll be using Giphy website for the sake of this tutorial. However, you can search for GIFs in other places on the internet.
- Once you find the GIF you want, go ahead and tap on it to open it. From there, tap and hold on the GIF image and hit “Copy”.
- Go into iMessage and select a conversation thread of the person you want to send the GIF to. Tap on the text box once to bring up the keyboard and then tap on it again to bring up the “Paste” prompt. Tap it when it appears.
The GIF image will paste itself inside the text box.
- Hit the Send button when you’re ready.
Note that some GIF websites and apps won’t let you paste the actual image into iMessage, Imgur for example only allows you to paste in a link that takes the recipient of the message to Imgur’s website (or app) to view the GIF.
However, if the link ends with “.gif”, iMessage will show the GIF image within iMessage (as below). Otherwise, it will just show a link that you’ll have to tap to open. If you’re sending the GIF link to an Android user, they’ll be out of luck either way, as it will just show a link to the GIF no matter what.