How to Send GIFs in iMessage with iPhone and iPad?

Last Updated: April 24, 2019
Send GIFs in iMessage

Have you ever tried to send GIFs in iMessage? Do you want to make some fun with your friends with GIFs? The recent updates from Apple let you send GIFs in iMessage. The iOS default keyboard supports to search and send GIFs direct on iMessage with the default keyboard. Well, Google Keyboard also supports to send GIFs direct from iMessage without using any search engine.

Without further ado, let’s find how to send GIFs in iMessage direct from your iPhone or iPad.

How to Send GIFs in iMessage Using iOS Keyboard

The iOS Keyboard is coming with the iPhone by default. You don’t need to make any extra settings on your iPhone. This GIF keyboard feature is built-in to the Messages app from iOS 10 or later. Now let’s see how to send GIF using iOS Keyboard.

iPhone send GIF in iMessage iOS KB

    1. Tap Messages.
    2. Tap on the chat to whom you would like to send GIF.
      • You will see a list of icons on the bottom of your screen.
    3. Go ahead and tap on the Red icon with a magnifying glass.
    4. Tap the GIF you would like to send.
    5. Type the keyword on the text box with the Search icon.
      • If you are looking for a GIF to convey a special message like “Happy Birthday” or something like that, then just n.
    6. Tap Send.

If you would like to add any comment for the GIF, then you can do that before tapping the send icon. That’s it. It’s pretty straightforward to send GIFs using the native iOS keyboard.

How to Send GIFs in iMessage Using GBoard

GBoard is a famous KeyBoard application from Google for Android and iPhone. Many users prefer using GBoard as the default keyboard on their iPhones, as it offers a lot of cool features. In addition to GIF, Google integrated search feature and other functionalities into GBorad. You can download GBoard from iTunes store. If you are one among them, then you can send GIFs in iMessage by following the below steps.

iPhone send GIF on iMessage Gboard

    1. Tap Messages.
    2. Now, Tap on the contact to whom you need to send the GIF.
    3. Tap Globe icon to choose Gboard.
      • If Gboard is not your default keyboard, otherwise, you can skip this step.
    4. Tap on the text box.
    5. Tap on the Smiley icon located at the bottom.
    6. Now, tap GIF icon.
    7. Tap Copy to copy the image.
    8. Just tap on the GIF you like.
      • Here, you will see hundreds of GIF images listed under various titles like #DANCE, #MISS YOU, TRENDING and more. If you would like to send special messages like “Happy Anniversary”, then you can get the related GIF by using the Search icon.
    9. Tap and hold the text bar to paste the selected GIF.

Even though you will find the above method a bit time consuming, the GBoard GIF library offers a lot of images and GIFs compared with iOS GIF library.

Related: How To Convert Selfies to WhatsApp Stickers & GIFs

How to Send GIFs in iMessage Using Third Party Apps

Do you want to explore more fun and collection of GIFs? There are dedicated GIF app or keyboard on your iPhone to install. In this example, we are using a GIF keyboard named Gfycat which can be downloaded from iTunes. Gfycat is a free app for creating and sharing GIFs via iMessage, WhatsApp and other apps installed on your iPhone. In addition to the thousands of GIF images on its library, Gfycat also allows you to create your own GIF images.

Standalone App

You can either use Gfycat as a standalone app or add that as a new keyboard for your iPhone. First, let’s see how to use Gfycat as a standalone app.

iPhone send GIF third party standalone

    1. Launch Gfycat.
    2. See the trending GIFs from the main screen.
    3. Next, tap iMessage icon located on the bottom of the screen.
    4. Then, tap the contact to whom you would like to send GIF.

In addition to the trending GIFs, you will find two more GIF categories: Gaming (Gaming controller icon), Reactions (Smiley icon) located on the bottom of the screen. Below every GIF, you will find two icons: Heart, Arrow. Go ahead and tap the Blue Arrow icon.

Add as Keyboard

You don’t need to open the app all the time for sending the GIFs. You can use Gfycat as a Keyboard on iPhone or iPad. Let’s see how to add Gfycat as a keyboard in iPhone to send GIF in iMessages.

  1. Navigate to Settings->General.
  2. Tap Keyboard->Keyboards.
  3. Next, tap Add New Keyboard.
  4. Scroll down to find Gfycat under THIRD-PARTY KEYBOARDS.
  5. Tap Gfycat.
  6. Now, Gfycat is added as a keyboard on your iPhone. On iMessage, just tap the Globe icon to select Gycat keyboard for sending GIFs.

iPhone send GIF third party keyboard

In addition to the thousands of images, Gfycat also allows you to create GIFs by using the images captured with your camera.

Best GIF Apps for iPhone

Gfycat support to send GIFs in iMessage. However, there are more third-party apps supports to send GIFs. If you are looking for dedicated apps for sending GIFs, try out the below-listed apps on AppStore.

GIF Keyboard

GIF Keyboard is one of the top-rated apps on iTunes developed by Tenor Inc. As it can be added as a keyboard on your iPhone, it allows you to send GIFs from a lot of apps like iMessage, WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger and more. GIF Keyboard also allows you to create stickers and your own GIF images. The good thing about this app is that it regularly updates its library with new GIF images.

Download: iTunes

GIPHY

GIPHY claims that it has the largest collection of GIFs and stickers in the world. Like, GIF Keyboard, GIPHY is also quite popular among the iOS users. It allows the users to create their own stickers and GIF images by using the images stored on their phone gallery. As it can be integrated as a keyboard on the iPhone, it allows you to send GIFs from most of the messaging apps (including iMessage) installed on your iPhone.

Download: iTunes

Apple regularly adds new features to the iMessage app that includes GIF images. You might have already tried sending text, photos or documents via iMessage. The iOS Keyboard offer enough GIFs to send from the iPhone. However, if you are looking for more images, and other Keyboard features, we would recommend using Gborad.

People are enjoying GIFs, they are more active and bring more fun while chatting. GIFs can convey your emotion or mood in a better way than a plain text message or a smiley. Also, it helps to save your time as you don’t need to spend your time to type lengthy messages. Instead, you can select a relevant GIF and send that instantly to your loved ones.

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