How to Send an Animated GIF in a Text Message on an iPhone 7

The Messages app received a lot of new features with the iOS 10 update, including the ability to send animated GIF files via text message or iMessage. Animated GIF files are a special type of image file that can cycle between multiple image “frames” to show movement.

There is a special section in the Messages app where you can search for GIF files and send them as messages. Our guide below will show you how to do this.


How to Send a Message With a Moving Picture from an iPhone 7

The steps in this guide were performed on an iPhone 7 Plus, in iOS 10.1. This feature was only made available in iOS 10, so you will need to have an iPhone that is using that operating system. You can read this article to see where you can find your iPhone’s iOS version.

Step 1: Open the Messages app.

open the Messages app

Step 2: select the contact to whom you would like to send the animated GIF.


Step 3: Tap the A button to the left of the Text Message or iMessage field.

tap the A icon

Step 4: Tap inside the Find images and videos field and type a search term for the type of GIF that you would like to find. If you don’t see a Find images and videos field, then you will need to swipe left if you see a screen with some handwritten sayings, or you will need to swipe right if you see a music section.

search for a GIF file



Step 5: Select the image that you would like to insert into the message.

how to send an animated gif in a text message on an iphone 7



Step 5: Add any additional text to the Add comment or Send field, then tap the arrow button to send the GIF file.

add text to the message, then tap the send arrow



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