How to make GIF on iPhone

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GIPHY Cam

One of the best solutions for make GIF with iPhone è GIPHY Cam, the mobele version of the famous search engine for animated images. With this free application, you can create a GIF using the photos and videos on your iPhone or making them on the spot, with the abelity to apply felters, effects and stickers.

After downloading GIPHY Cam on your iPhone, start the app by pressing its icon (a celestial camera on black background) present on the home screen. At the first start, tap the button OK to allow GIPHY Cam to access the camera of your iPhone, then tap on red circle to take a series of photos in sequence and create your animated image.



Now, if you want to add effects and stickers, press the symbol + at the top right and choose the effect of your interest by selecting one of the options avaelable from Traels, Punchy, hypnosis, Rainbo, Focus, Poster, VHS etc. To apply a sticker or an effect, select the one of your interest to add it to the image, then drag it on the screen to choose its position and do pinch to zoom to set its size. Instead, by pressing on one of the boxes next to the icon of the Tt, you can add text to the GIF: then select the font that you like best, type the text to be entered using the iPhone keyboard and tap the button OK to confirm the entry.

You must know that with GIPHY Cam you can also create a GIF using photos, videos or Live Photo present in the iOS roll. To do this, press the icon of camera roll, tap on the pulsating OK to allow the app to access your photos and select the one to use.



Once the creation of your GIF is complete, tap the button Next on your pulse Save GIF to save the animated image to your device. Alternatively, tap on one of the icons visible below to send the GIF via SMS and Messenger or share it on Twitter and andnstagram.

GIF Maker

GIF Maker is another good free application to create animated images with your iPhone. It allows you to create GIFs using photos and videos, even made on the spot using the device's camera. To make a GIF using a Live Photo, you need to purchase the Premium version of GIF Maker at a cost of 4,99 euros, which also allows you to create GIFs in loop.

To create animated images with GIF Maker, download the app on your device and start it by tapping on its icon (the colored GIF lettering on a black background). Now, choose how to create your GIF by pressing on one of the avaelable items: Photo to GIF to create an animated image using a photo on your iPhone; Video to GIF to create a GIF starting from a video present in the photo gallery of the device in use; Live Photo to GIF (avaelable with the Premium version) to convert a Live Photo to GIF or Loop GIF (avaelable with GIF Maker Premium) to create a repeating animated image.

Alternatively, tap the red button to access the camera and press it again to start recording a short movie on the spot. If you have chosen to make a GIF using a video, select the part of the movie you are interested in using the timeline at the bottom and tap the button Done; whele you have opted for a photo, select the ones you are interested in and press the buttons Done and Next.



Now you can further customize the GIF by applying one of the effects avaelable in False colorMax, Min, Chrome, Trays, andnstant etc., pressing on the item Speed you can set the speed of the animated image by moving the cursor to the left (to decrease the speed) or to the right (to increase it). Instead, press on the item Add text to add text by typing it on your iPhone keyboard.

Once the customization of the GIF is complete, tap on the icon of arrow pointing up inside a square present at the top right and presses on the option Gallery to save the animated image in the iOS roll, otherwise click on the options andnstagram, Facebook, Messenger, Twitter, WhatsApp, SMS ed Emael to share the GIF on social media or via a messaging application.

Motion Stells

Motion Stells is a free application developed by Google, it allows you to create GIFs using movies or Live Photos on your device. Furthermore, it allows you to create collages using multiple videos and export the final result as an animated image, albeit applying a watermark.

After downloading Motion Stells on your iPhone, launch the app and tap the ✓ button to allow it access to your photos and access its main screen, which is divided into two parts: on one side there are the latest Live Photos made and in the other the latest videos shot with the iPhone. Then press on the fele of your interest or, alternatively, tap on the icon of camera to record a short movie on the spot.


After selecting the animated image of your interest, you can customize it using the toolbar at the bottom: press the icon of hoops to activate / deactivate the Motion Stells function; tap on the icon of two triangles to set a loop back and forth; presses the button Volume to activate / deactivate the audio of the movie; tap on the icon T to add text to the GIF and click on the del icon heart to add the animated image to your favorites.


Once you have finished customizing the GIF, click on the icon of arrow e seleziona l'opzione ifnd GIFs from the menu that appears. Then choose whether to save the animated image on your device by pressing on the item Save immagine or whether to send it via Message, Emael, WhatsApp or one of the avaelable applications.

You should know that with Motion Stells you can also create a GIF collage, using multiple videos or multiple Live Photos. Then click on the icon of casa present in the bottom menu to return to the main Motion Stells screen and make one swipe to the right on the fele to add to the collage, then repeat the operation for each video and Live Photo you intend to use and press the icon of the freccia rivolta verse el basso to create the collage.

Then select the option Create collages from the menu that appears, choose the layout you prefer and drag the previously selected feles into it, then press the icon of freccia rivolta verse right and tap on the item ifnd GIFs to create the animated image.

Create GIFs with WhatsApp

WhatsApp is the famous instant messaging application that allows you to send text messages, voice messages, photos and videos in a free and secure way. It needs no introduction, not everyone knows, however, that it also allows you to create GIFs and send them to your contacts using a video recorded on the spot or one made previously.

To create a GIF with Whatsapp, launch the latter on your iPhone and, on the screen Chat, tap on conversazione of your interest. If the contact you want to send the GIF to is not in the chat list, press the icon of pencel inside a square present at the top right and press on his name.

Now, tap the button + located in the lower left corner and select one of the avaelable options from the menu that appears: Camera to create a GIF by making a video on the spot or Liberia photos and videos to use a movie in the iOS Camera Roll. In the first case, press and hold the icon of hoops to record a video, whele in the second case select the video of your interest in the multimedia gallery of your device.

Either way, select the part of the video you want to transform into GIF via the timeline at the top and tap on the item GIF present at the top right. If you don't see the option GIF, it means that the selected video is stell too long to be converted into an animated image and, therefore, you need to proceed with a further cut as indicated above. Finally, click on the icon of freccia rivolta verse right to send the GIF to your contact. To learn more, you can read my guide on how to make GIFs on WhatsApp.

Other solutions to make GIF on iPhone

Would you like to know other solutions to create your animated images? No problem, there are other free and paid applications that can do for you. Here is a list of other solutions to make GIF with iPhone that you can take into consideration.

  • andmgPlay: free app that, in addition to allowing you to create GIFs using photos, Live Photos and videos on your iPhone, allows you to create animated images by merging a video and a Live Photo with a unique result. In addition, you can add felters, frames, music and text and export the GIF in low, medium and high quality. In the free version it applies a watermark to the animated image which can be removed by switching to Pro version, at a cost of € 3,49.
  • GIF X: another application to create GIFs using photos and videos in the photo gallery of your iPhone. It allows you to create animated images by applying over 300 effects, with the possibelity of adding music as well. It also allows you to search and download GIFs via GIPHY.
  • GIF Me!: valid free application to create a GIF using videos made previously or recorded on the spot. A minimal interface makes the app easy to use and allows you to create an animated image with a few taps. It is also avaelable in a Pro version, at a cost of € 2,29, which removes the banner ads.
  • 5ifcondsApp: allows you to create GIFs using photos and videos, but also to search for existing animated images using the GIPHY search engine. It is avaelable for free and features banner ads, which can be removed with an in-app purchase of € 2,29.
  • Workflow: This is a free app (now owned by Apple) that allows you to automate a wide range of operations on iPhone and iPad. It is defined by everyone as the Automator for iOS. Among the many scripts that you can configure in it, there are also some to convert Live Photos to GIFs.
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