How to Send a GIF on Apple Watch: A Step-by-Step Guide

Sending a GIF on your Apple Watch is a fun way to communicate with friends and family. It’s pretty simple, too! You just need to have the GIFs app installed on your watch, then you can browse and select a GIF to send via the Messages app. Let’s get into the nitty-gritty of how you can do this.

Step by Step Tutorial on How to Send a GIF on Apple Watch

Before we dive into the steps, let’s understand what we’re aiming for. By the end of this tutorial, you’ll be able to send a GIF in a message directly from your Apple Watch, adding a bit of flair to your digital conversations.

Step 1: Open the Messages app on your Apple Watch

First things first, you’ll need to open the Messages app on your watch. This is where all your conversations are housed, and where you’ll send the GIF from.

After tapping on the Messages app, you’ll see a list of your conversations. You can either choose an existing conversation or start a new one by pressing firmly on the screen and tapping on ‘New Message.’

Step 2: Press firmly on the screen and tap on ‘Create Message’

To send a new message, you’ll need to press firmly on the screen. This will bring up a few options, one of which is ‘Create Message.’ Tap on it to start composing your message.

When you tap ‘Create Message,’ you’ll be prompted to add a contact. You can scroll through your contacts list or use dictation to tell your watch who you want to message.

Step 3: Tap on the ‘Apps’ button

Once you’re in the message composer, you’ll see an ‘Apps’ button. This is where you can access the GIFs app and other messaging apps you’ve installed on your watch.

The ‘Apps’ button looks like the App Store logo. Tap on it, and you’ll see all the apps that can be used within Messages, including the GIFs app.

Step 4: Open the GIFs app

In the list of apps, you’ll find the GIFs app. Tap on it to open it and browse through the available GIFs.

The GIFs app has a variety of categories, so you can easily find the perfect GIF for your message. You can swipe through the options until you find one you like.

Step 5: Choose a GIF and tap to send

Once you’ve found a funny or appropriate GIF, simply tap on it. This will add it to your message. Then, just hit ‘Send,’ and off it goes!

After you tap the GIF, it will appear in the message composer. If you’re happy with your choice, press ‘Send.’ If you want to choose a different GIF, just tap ‘Cancel’ and select another one.

After you complete these steps, the GIF will be sent to your chosen contact. They’ll receive it just like any other message, and it will appear right in the conversation thread on their device.

Tips for Sending a GIF on Apple Watch

  • Make sure your Apple Watch is running the latest version of watchOS to ensure compatibility with the GIFs app.
  • If you can’t find the GIFs app, check the App Store on your iPhone to download it.
  • For quicker access, you can add the GIFs app to your Dock by pressing the side button and tapping ‘Keep in Dock.’
  • Remember that sending GIFs via Messages may use data if you’re not connected to Wi-Fi.
  • Be mindful of the context and recipient when sending GIFs – what’s funny to you might not be to someone else!

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I send a GIF to someone who doesn’t have an Apple Watch?

Yes, you can! The GIF will be sent as a standard message, so anyone with a smartphone or a device that supports GIFs can view it.

Do I need a special app to send GIFs from my Apple Watch?

Yes, you’ll need to have the GIFs app installed. You can download it from the App Store if it’s not already on your watch.

Can I send a custom GIF, or do I have to use the ones in the app?

The GIFs app on Apple Watch typically only supports pre-loaded GIFs. However, you can send custom GIFs from your iPhone.

Will sending a GIF use up my data allowance?

If you’re not connected to Wi-Fi, sending a GIF will use cellular data, so keep that in mind if you have a limited data plan.

Can I add text to the GIF before sending it?

Yes, you can type a message before or after adding the GIF in the message composer.


  1. Open the Messages app on your Apple Watch.
  2. Press firmly on the screen and tap on ‘Create Message.’
  3. Tap on the ‘Apps’ button.
  4. Open the GIFs app.
  5. Choose a GIF and tap to send.


And there you have it – sending a GIF on an Apple Watch is a fun and simple process that can add a little extra something to your messages. Whether you’re saying happy birthday, congratulations, or just want to make someone laugh, a well-chosen GIF can do the trick. While the Apple Watch may be small, it’s mighty in capabilities, and this is just one of the many cool things you can do with it. It’s important to remember that while technology is great for communication, it’s always good to be mindful of the content we share and how it may be received by others. Always choose your GIFs with care, and happy messaging!

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