How to make a GIF on an Android phone

Did you know you can create GIFs on an Android phone? You can turn your favorite shows and movies into moving reaction images or create some fun GIFs from videos of your friends, family, or pets! You can even add moving elements to your pictures to create unique GIFs.

Making GIFs on your Android phone is a fun way of creating moving images on the go so you always have the perfect reaction GIF when texting your friends. Creating them is easy, and we explain how by using the free GIPHY app. Read on!

What is a GIF?

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Short for Graphics Interchange Format, GIF is a bitmap image format created by computer scientist Steve Wilhite in the late 1980s. It was initially designed as an image format that could easily be downloaded from the now-defunct CompuServe ISP. However, the GIF didn’t gain its signature ability to showcase animations until a few years and a few revisions after its initial release.

Today, GIFs are a common image format used on the web to showcase short animations easily. Due to the format’s comparatively small file size when compared to full resolution videos, GIFs have become an easy way to share moments on the web. Communities on Reddit, such as r/GIFs, are dedicated to sharing some of the best GIFs available on the web and showcasing the abilities of the format.

It is important to note that GIFs are indeed an image format, and thus cannot reproduce audio — they are silent.


GIPHY is our current favorite for making GIFs. Launched in 2013, GIPHY is one of the web’s most popular GIF databases, but the Android app also includes the option to create your very own. After downloading and installing the app, you’ll immediately see GIPHY’s gallery, from which you can browse and search for different GIFs. If you are unfamiliar with the format, this is a great place to explore and get started.

Step 1: Tap the Create button in the top-right corner. The symbol shifts from a “+” to a camera. Alternatively, you can tap the Profile tab in the bottom-right corner, followed by the big Plus/Camera button on your account page.

Step 2: Tap the Allow Camera Access button.

Step 3: Tap Allow on the two prompts.

Step 4: Tap the I Agree button.

Note: You’ll only perform steps 2 to 4 the first time you create a GIF.

Step 5: The app uses the front-facing camera by default. Tap the Camera icon in the bottom-right corner to switch cameras if needed.

Step 6: Under the live feed, swipe left or right on the toolbar to select a filter or effect. There are 11 in all, including animated hands feeding you popcorn (shown above), VHS static, a red/blue filter for old-school 3D glasses, and so on.

Step 7: Press the Filter or Effect button to take a static shot or press and hold the Filter or Effect button to create an animated GIF. There’s also an option not to use a filter or effect — it’s simply a big white button.

If you’re capturing animation, the app will begin to slowly draw a line around the entire screen. This is a visual “timer.” Once the line completely borders the screen, the app will stop the capture.

Step 8: With the scene captured, you can now add to the image or video. Tap one of the four buttons to insert additional elements:

  • Text: Type the text you want using nine different colors.
  • Effects: Add eight different effects ranging from a rainbow overlay to a weird crystal effect to black-and-white film grain.
  • Stickers: Giphy provides a huge assortment of animated stickers too long to list here. Want kissy lips? You got it. Need some bling? There are plenty to dazzle up your image.
  • Trim (animation only): — Cut off the part you don’t need by moving the left and right markers.

Step 9: Tap the Crop tool located in the top-right corner to resize your GIF. The options are:

  • 1:1
  • 3:2
  • 16:9
  • 4:5
  • 9:16

Step 10: When you’re done, tap the purple Right Arrow button.

Step 11: Enter the tags you want to be associated with your GIF (if uploading).

Step 12: Tap Share GIF to send it via text, Facebook Messenger, Snapchat, and Instagram. You can also tap Save Video to save the original captured video locally to your device. Tap Save GIF to save your creation locally as well.

Step 13: To post the GIF online, tap the box beside the Terms of Service agreement, then tap the blue Upload to GIPHY icon.

An Alternative to GIPHY: GIF Me!

GIF Me is an easier alternative to GIPHY. It lets you take video footage with its cameras and import images, videos, and saved GIFs with its built-in Album.

After you take the video, you can use 11 basic photo filters on it. The app also includes tools to add and remove frames from animation, increase or decrease the animation, and add text. You’ll also have access to fun stickers and borders to make your presentation shine. When you’ve finished, you can save it in GIF or MP4 format.

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