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How to save GIFs on Android

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How to save GIFs on Android: Browsing the Internet and, especially on social networks, you come across more and more fun Animated GIFs. You would love to save them on your Android smartphone, but you don’t know how. Well, in that case I’m happy to tell you that you’ve come to the right place at the right time! In today’s guide, in fact, I will explain you by thread and by sign how to save GIF on Android using any web browser or some dedicated applications.

In addition, if you want to try yourself in the creation of animated GIFs, I will indicate some application that will allow you to create animated images using the photos and videos that are present in the gallery of your device! How do you say? You think you are unable to perform such complex operations? Well, I assure you that you’re wrong! Saving and creating animated GIFs on Android is really easy, and reading the next lines you will realize it.

Even if you do not consider yourself a technology expert, you are sure that following the instructions I am about to give you, you will be able to download some funny animated GIFs on your smartphone (or on your tablet) and share them with your friends on social networks and in chat in a very simple way . Are you ready to start? Perfect, then make yourself comfortable, take all the time you need and practice the “tips” below. Happy reading and enjoy!

Save GIF to Android from the browser

You are wondering how to save GIF on Android using yours browser favorite, for example Chrome? I can guarantee that this is an extremely simple operation. All you have to do is connect to one of the portals that allow you to download GIFs (by the way, if you don’t know what i am best sites to download GIF, read the in-depth analysis that I published in this regard) and download the animated GIFs that best suit you, saving them as you would any other “standard” image. Now I’ll explain how.

First, find a GIF of your liking and, as soon as you find it, keep your finger pressed on it until the menu containing the options for sharing and saving the images appears. After that, tap on the voice Download image and as for “magic”, the GIF will be automatically saved to the camera roll on your device (you should find it in the folder Download of the tunnel).

If the GIF you saved seems to be “static”, it has apparently not been saved correctly. Try to open the image in a new browser tab (just hold down on the GIF you found and press on the item Image in a new tab) and repeat the steps I have just indicated to you to save the GIF. If everything went in the right direction, you will correctly display the animated image in the roll of your device. Have you seen how easy it was to save the GIF on your Android device?

App to save GIFs on Android

Now the time has come to find out which are the best app to save GIF on your Android device. If you try to type GIF in the search bar of the Google Play Store, you could find plenty of them, but I decided to talk to you only in depth about the apps that, in my humble opinion, are among the best of the moment. As I mentioned earlier, in addition to explaining in detail how the apps to save GIF work, I will also explain how you can create personalized GIFs using free ad hoc solutions. Good fun!


The first app that I recommend you download on your Android device is GIPHY, the official application of the most famous GIF site in the world. It is a 100% free solution also available for devices iOS and, of course it is, in the form of online service. Its interface is really very minimal and this makes its use particularly simple and intuitive.

After downloading GIPHY on your smartphone or tablet, start the app and press the symbol x to close the information sheets that are shown when it starts. Then scroll the GIPHY main screen to view the most popular GIFs of the moment or, if you prefer, search for one by pressing on the search bar and writing the description of the image you want to download (use English terms, you will find many more results).

As soon as you have found the GIF that best suits you, press it to view a preview and, in the screen that opens, tap on the symbol (…) to open the submenu containing the various save and share options available. At this point, press on the symbol of arrow to start downloading the animated GIF and, in the box that appears, tap on the item Yes to confirm the operation. The GIF will be saved in the folder Giphy that will be created on your device.

GIF Keyboard by Tenor

Do you mainly use GIFs in the conversations you have with your friends on instant messaging services? Well, in this case it is very likely that you are looking for an app that can allow you to search and send GIFs directly from the keyboard of your device, right? If this is actually the case, I recommend you download it to your device GIF Keyboard by Tenor, a keyboard that allows you to insert GIF in all the applications in which it is used. The app is totally free and is also available on iOS and in the form of online service (in this case you can simply download the GIFs).

After completing the download of GIF Keyboard by Tenor on your smartphone or Android tablet, start the app, press on the option Next and give your consent to allow Tenor to have access to your device by pressing on the voice Allow in the box that appears.

Now, to use GIFs directly from the keyboard of your device, you must first go to the settings of your device and enable this function. Therefore, launch the app Settings (the icon with the gear located on the home screen of your device), presses on the item Language and keyboard and, in the screen that appears on the screen, tap on the item Current keyboard and then on the voice Select more. Then move up ON the switch lever located near the item Tenor GIF Keyboard and, to complete the operation, tap again on the voice Current keyboard and affix the check next to the option Tenor GIF Keyboard. If you use a version of Android earlier than 7.0, to activate the keyboard you have to go to the menu Settings> Language & input> Current keyboard> Choose keyboards.

Now, try starting any instant messaging app (Whatsapp, Telegram, WeChat, Facebook Messenger etc.), use the Tenor GIF keyboard to write a message and enrich it with a nice GIF by pressing on the voice Tap for GIFs! and selecting one in the menu that you see on the screen (or looking for one using the appropriate one search bar that you see directly on the keyboard, top left).

If desired, you can also download GIF launching the app and choosing a through search bar placed at the top or by selecting one of the images located on the main screen of GIF Keyboard by Tenor. Once you have identified the GIF that best suits you, tap on it and, in the screen that opens, press on its preview and then on the item Save to gallery to save the selected content on your device.

Have you seen how easy it was to use GIF Keyboard by Tenor to download GIFs and share them with your friends on the main messaging services?

Motion Stills

Do you want to amaze your friends by creating animated GIFs starting from the videos and photos you have made with your Android smartphone or tablet? Well, in this case you can take advantage of Motion Stills, a free application developed by Google (also available on iPhone) thanks to which you can create images in GIF format using the content saved on your smartphone or tablet or, alternatively, the frames captured in real time with the camera of your device.

As soon as you have completed the download of Motion Stills on your device, start the app and, in its home screen, press the symbol of the circle to capture the frames that you will use to create your very own animated GIF. After capturing the images to be used for the “construction” of the GIF, you should see one below white arrow pointing upwards: press on it and, as if by “magic”, you will preview your personalized GIF!

To save the GIF you have just made, press on its preview, press the symbol blue arrow on white background and, in the menu that appears on the screen, tap on the item GIF. At this point, you should see the save and share menu: presses on the item Save to the gallery if you want to save the image on your device, or share it with your friends by selecting one of the social networks available.

Would you like to get to know other apps that can allow you to create personalized GIFs? So what are you waiting for? Read the tutorial where I tell you about the best app to create GIFs. I am sure you will also appreciate this reading very much.

Save GIFs on Android from social networks

How to save GIFs on Android

Would you like to save the animated GIFs you find on Facebook or that they send you on Whatsapp? Nothing impossible. Here are some quick tips on how to save GIFs on Android starting from messaging apps and social networks.

  • Facebook – if you want to save a GIF from Facebook, press on the link below it, tap on the symbol (…) located at the top right and use the sharing menu for open the GIF with Chrome (or in any case with a web browser). Then keep your finger pressed on the GIF displayed in the browser and select the item Download image from the menu that opens. For more info on this, read my tutorial on how download GIF from Facebook.
  • Whatsapp – if you want to save a GIF from WhatsApp, select the discussion in which the image of your interest is contained, tap twice on the latter (in order to enlarge it), press the button (…) located at the top right and select the option Share. Then choose the destination app for the GIF (e.g. Dropbox or Google Photos) And that’s it. The GIF will be saved as an MP4 file and not as a GIF. Alternatively you can also go to the folder WhatsApp> Media> WhatsApp Animated Your device: there you will find all the GIF sent and received (again in MP4 format).
  • Telegram – to save a GIF from Telegram, open the chat that contains the image, press on the icon (…) at the top right and select the item Save to GIF from the menu that opens.