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How to Make & Send GIFs in Messages with Gfycat

If you have an iPhone or an iPad, you use Messages to communicate, but do you send GIFs in Messages? GIFs are a great tool when messaging, because they help us express emotions and share humor that might not come as easily over text. Here’s how you can make and send GIFs in Messages using Gfycat for iPhone, iPad, and iMessage!

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First things first: download Gfycat for iPhone if you don’t already have it.

You are probably sending GIFs in one of two ways: the iMessage app extension of the Gfycat iOS app or the red #images button from Apple.

But what happens when you can’t find a GIF that embodies exactly what you are trying to say? Make your own! It’s quick and easy and can be done in two ways with the Gfycat iOS app. The first is to add captions to an already existing GIF. The second is to make a new GIF completely from scratch using your camera.

Option A: Add Text Captions to an Existing GIF

This is great if you’ve found a GIF or two you like and want to add your own words on top of it.

Step 1: Open the Gfycat iMessage app extension

Inside the conversation you want to send the GIF to, open the Gfycat iMessage app extension.

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Gfycat: GIFs in Messages

Step 2: Locate the GIF you want to use

Using the list of GIF reactions or searching for a GIF, find the GIF you want to use. The best ones for you will probably have no existing captions.

Step 3: Tap the GIF you want to use

Tapping the GIF will bring up a window that will let you do a couple things. The ❤️ allows you to favorite this GIF so you can easily find it again under your Favs. The “Aa” allows you to add captions. Tap “Aa”.

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Step 4: Select template and add captions to the GIF

We have 6 caption templates available for you to use. Some are more meme-like than others. Use the one that speaks more to you and what you are going to write on or around the GIF.

Step 5: Send your GIF!

Your GIF now will show up under My Gallery > My GIFs so you can access it easily in the future to send it again.

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Option B: Make an original GIF with your camera

If you want to get creative with GIFs, you can make your own using the camera.

Step 1: Open the Gfycat iMessage app extension

As with Option A, inside the conversation you want to send the GIF to, open the Gfycat iMessage app extension.

Step 2: Tap My Gallery > My GIFs > Make a GIF camera

This will take you directly into the GIF camera.

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Make a GIF

Step 3: Record your GIF

Use your front facing camera to take a selfie GIF or the back camera to record some video. Tapping the record button will record 2 seconds of video. Holding down the record button will allow you to record up to 15 seconds of video.

Step 4: Add Captions to the GIF (optional)

This step is optional if you want to add any text over your GIF. The same 6 meme-like templates are available to you just as with Option A.

Step 5: Send your GIF!

You’ve now just made your very own original GIF. It’s available under My GIFs so you can use it any time in the future!

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