How to make a GIF on iPhone in 4 different methods

A GIF is essentially an animated image, and can be saved as JPEG or PNG files. GIFs are usually only a few seconds long.

GIFs can be created by taking a clip from a video file, or made from a series of images.

Making a GIF on iPhone

There are many ways in which you can make a GIF. You can make them on most smart devices, and this includes an iPhone – you can typically upload straight from your camera roll too.

There are several methods by which you can make a GIF using an iPhone. We’ll go through some of these methods in this article.

Method 1: Using Live Photo

You can use iPhones to make GIFs quite easily. One method for making a GIF on iPhone, is by using the Live Photo feature. This feature is automatically available on later iPhone models.

You can access this feature by opening the camera app, and pressing the circle icon in the middle of the top row. This will enable the Live Photo feature.


If the icon is yellow, Live Photo is enabled.


Now, move the camera a bit before taking a picture. The picture will record the few seconds that occurred before the picture was taken.

Next, open the photos app and scroll down to find the ‘Live Photos’ option. Press it to view all your Live Photos.


Press the Live Photo you wish to convert into a GIF.


Press the live icon in the top left. This will showcase a list of effects you can apply to the Live Photo.


Press ‘loop’ or ‘bounce’ to put the Live recording on repeat.

Method 2: Using Shortcuts

Another method of making a GIF is by using the Shortcuts app, which can make GIFs from burst photos or videos.

The Shortcuts app is downloaded on iPhones by default. The app can be deleted, so if you’ve removed the app, you can reinstall it by searching ‘shortcuts’ in the app store.

First, you must add the ‘convert burst to GIF’ shortcut’ to the Shortcuts app. You can do so by clicking on this link, and pressing ‘get shortcut’.


After you’ve downloaded the shortcut, you’ll be shown the option to ‘add shortcut’. Press it to add the shortcut to the Shortcuts app.


Then, press ‘my shortcuts’ in the Shortcuts app. It’s in the bottom left corner. You can now view all your shortcuts.

Next, open the camera app and hold the ‘capture’ button to take a series of burst photos. Move the camera as you take these burst photos. This movement will be in the GIF.


Afterwards, open the Shortcuts app and press the ‘convert burst to GIF’ shortcut. It will show you the burst photos you have taken. Press the burst photo you wish to convert into a GIF.


Your GIF has now been made. Press ‘done’.


You will then be asked to either save the GIF, or share the GIF. Press ‘save to photos’ to save the GIF.


Method 3: Using a third-party app

Another method for making a GIF, is by using a third-party GIF-maker app. There are many GIF-maker apps available on the iOS app store. You can find them by searching ‘GIF maker’ in the app store.


One of the most popular GIF-maker apps is GIPHY. You can find the app by searching ‘GIPHY’ in the iOS app store. Download the app by pressing ‘install’.

After downloading the app, open it. Press ‘create’ in the top right.


Make sure GIF is selected in the bottom row.


Press and hold the capture button, and record your GIF. Move the camera as you record to create the GIF’s movement.

Afterwards, you’ll be shown the GIF you’ve recorded. You can trim the GIF here by moving the left and right edges. When you’re done trimming, press ‘continue’ to move on.


Now, you can edit your GIF further. You can add captions, filters, and stickers. You can also trim the GIF again, and edit the loops. When you’re done editing the GIF, press the arrow in the bottom right.


Press ‘share GIF’.


Press ‘save GIF’ to save the GIF to your photos.


You may be asked to give the app permission to access your photos. Press ‘allow access to all photos’ to continue saving the GIF.


Dedicated gif making apps tend to make things extremely easy to make animated images, and you can usually convert photos or convert videos into a GIF. You can also do this by using a website too.

Method 4: Using a website

There’s no need to pay out for a fancy editing software – you can also use a GIF-making website to make GIFs.

There are many GIF-making websites, and you can find them by searching ‘GIF maker’ in your search engine.


One website you can use is Imgflip. You can use the site to create a GIF from either a video, or a series of images.


Make A Gif

Another website you can use is Make A Gif. You can use the site to make a GIF from a YouTube video, Facebook video, uploaded video, or a series of pictures.



In conclusion, there are many ways in which you can create a GIF on iPhone. You can use in-built or default features, such as Live Photos or the Shortcuts app, to make GIFs.

Alternatively, you can use third-party sources to create GIFs, such as a GIF-making app or a GIF-making website. These are all usually simple and easy to use.

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