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How to save GIFs

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How to save GIFs: The Animated GIFs they are used every day by hundreds of millions of users around the world. Many people love to use them to express their mood, others to embellish their Facebook page, still others to make their chats and online messages more fun. In short, the scenarios for using these animated images are truly endless, but despite this, not everyone has a clear idea of ​​how to make the most of them.

As evidence of what has just been said, every day I receive hundreds of messages from readers who ask me how to save GIF locally so that they can be reused on social media, in forums and in other online contexts. How do you say? Are you part of these too? Then know that you’ve come to the right place at the right time!

If you are not sure how to download a GIF to your computer or smartphone, take five minutes of free time and follow the instructions I am about to give you. In the next paragraphs, in fact, in addition to listing the main services that allow you to easily download GIFs from the Internet, I will show you how to use them at best. I assure you it is really a no-brainer. Happy reading and enjoy!

How to save GIF on your computer

If you are going to save GIF to your computer, you absolutely must try the online services and software that you find listed below. They are all free and extremely simple to use.


The first service I recommend you try is GIPHY, one of the most popular search engines by users who like to download images in GIF format. Its user friendly interface and its immense database of images, in fact, make it one of the best solutions on the square.

To use GIPHY, connect to his first page and start your search for GIF starting from the section Trending GIFs which collects the most popular animated images of the moment, or use the GIPHY search engine by clicking on Search all the GIFs and, after typing the keyword in the search bar, press the button Submit keyboard or click onmagnifying glass icon.

As soon as you have found the GIF you like best, select its preview, click on the button Average, copy the link displayed in the field Source and visit it in your browser to view the original image; then right click on the latter and download it as you would any other image.
Have you seen how easy it was to use GIPHY? I am sure that thanks to this service you will always be able to find the suitable GIF for every circumstance!

Make A Gif

Make A Gif is another useful service that allows you to download GIFs in a few clicks. Compared to GIPHY, it offers some additional features that allow you to create GIFs by recording a video with your computer’s webcam, using your own photos or starting from a YouTube video. Among the most appreciable features of Make A Gif there is the order that reigns on every single page of the service: all the GIFs are organized into specific categories that make it easier to search for content.

I intrigued you and now would you like to try Make A Gif? Well, then connected to main page of the service and search for a GIF using the appropriate one search bar located at the top. Alternatively, click on the option Browse Gif and look for an image among the many categories available: actions Gifs, cartoon Gifs, celebrity Gifs, sport Gifs, etc.

As soon as you have identified the image you want to download, click on it and choose the format in which you want to save it using one of the two buttons in the lower right corner: MP4 to download the image in MP4 format or GIF to save the image in GIF format. Then click on thearrow icon pointing down and the GIF download will start automatically.

Using Make a GIF was also not that complicated, was it? I am sure that by using this service you will find a lot of funny GIFs. Please, make good use of it!

Google Images

Another service that I recommend you try for save GIF animated on your computer is Google Images. The most used search engine on the planet offers users the ability to easily search and save animated images thanks to a filter that, if used correctly, allows you to easily find nice GIFs.

To use Google Images, connected to home page of the service, type the term related to the GIF you want to find in the search field placed in the center of the screen and press the button Submit on your PC keyboard or click onmagnifying glass icon to start the search.

On the page that opens, you will see many images that correspond to the research you have done, but none of them will be an animated GIF. To view and save animated GIFs with Google Images you need to set a special filter. Then click on the item Instruments (the option is located a little below the search bar) and, in the menu that opens, set the Guy of images to search on animated. This will only display images in GIF format.

As you can see, the images in the search results will look like very common “static” images. Don’t be fooled by appearances though! Just click on each individual image and the animation will be instantly displayed.

As soon as you have identified the GIF you like best, select it and click on the button View Image. The image you have chosen will be opened in full size in a new tab in your browser. At this point, click with the right key mouse on the GIF and, in the menu that appears, click on the option Save the image with name to save the image on your computer.

JDownloader (Windows / Mac / Linux)

If you want to download multiple GIFs in series to your computer, I recommend you try JDownloader: a free download manager that, as you may already know, allows you to capture multimedia content that is embedded (or even just linked) in any Web page.

To download JDownloader, which I remind you of being available for Windows, macOS and Linux, access the official program website and click on the option for your operating system. If you use a Windows PC, for example, you have to click on the item Windows and then on the options Download 32 / 64Bit Webinstaller (Rar-Archive RECOMMENDED), Click to start the Download is Download with the browser to download the program through the MEGA service (which needs the Chrome browser to be used). If instead you have to download the program on a Mac, click on the item Mac and then on the options Download Installer Mac OS X Version 10.7 or higher is Download with the browser.

As soon as the download is completed, open the RAR archive that contains the JDownloader installation package (if you don’t know how to open RAR file, read my tutorial on the topic), start the latter and click on the item first Next and then on Accept is Skip all to complete the setup without installing additional promotional content. For more information on how to install and configure JDownloader , I invite you to read the guide I prepared in this regard.

When you have finished downloading and configuring JDownloader on your computer, start the program, then open the browser and copy the address of the page containing the GIFs of your interest. JDownloader should automatically “capture” the link and report it via a notification displayed in the upper right corner of the screen.

At this point, go to the card Capture links of JDownloader and select the files you want to download using the combination Ctrl + Click on Windows or cmd + click on macOS. Then right-click on any of the GIFs you intend to download and select the item Start download from the menu that appears in order to start downloading the files of your interest.

If you want to easily find GIF files in the list of multimedia contents captured by JDownloader, type “Gif” in the search field located at the bottom of the JDownloader window. If, however, after copying a link to the JDownloader clipboard is unable to capture the address, proceed as follows: go to the form Capture links of JDownloader, click the button Add new web links located at the bottom left, paste the link to be processed in the window that opens and presses the button Go on to allow JDownloader to analyze the address and “capture” all the multimedia files present in it.

If JDownloader doesn’t fully satisfy you, you can try browser extensions like DownThemAll for Firefox is Chrono Download Manager for Chrome which allow you to “capture” the multimedia elements present in the Web pages and download them in series.

App to save GIFs

Are you going to save GIF on your smartphone or tablet but you have no idea which applications to use? Don’t worry, even in this case I have some interesting solutions to offer.

GIPHY (Android / iOS)

GIPHY is the official application of the service of the same name that I told you about in the previous paragraphs. Searching and downloading GIFs using this free app is very simple thanks to the order that characterizes every single element of its interface.

After completing the download of GIPHY on your device Android or iOS (the app is optimized for iPhone only), start the app by pressing the button You open or by tapping on its icon located on the home screen and scroll the home screen to view the most popular GIFs of the moment. To search for a GIF using the GIPHY search engine, instead, tap on search bar and type the keywords relating to the image you want to download using the keyboard.

After identifying the GIF you like best, press it to view a preview and, in the screen that opens, tap on the symbol (…) to open the sub menu thanks to which you can finally download the GIF. At this point, press on thearrow icon and confirms the intention to save the GIF on your device by tapping on Yes (if you have an Android smartphone) or on Save Image (if you have an iPhone).

GIF Keyboard by Tenor (Android / iOS)

Another app that allows you to save GIFs on your smartphone or tablet is GIF Keyboard by Tenor, a free solution available for Android is iOS thanks to which you can send nice pictures to your contacts using the keyboard directly. The app is compatible with the main instant messaging services – iMessage, Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, Telegram, etc. – and this makes it particularly interesting.

After downloading GIF Keyboard by Tenor on your device, open the app, press on the option Next and give your consent to allow Tenor to have access to your device. After doing this, choose one of the GIFs available in the section Trending GIFs of the app (which contains the most popular images of the moment) or, if you prefer, use the search bar to look for one in particular.

After identifying the GIF you like best, press on it and, in the screen that opens, tap on its preview. In the menu that opens, press the button Save to gallery (Android) or on the button Save (iOS) to save the GIF on your device. If, on the other hand, you want to share the image with your friends, press onsocial network icon any.

To use the content offered by the GIF Keyboard by Tenor app directly from the keyboard of your device, you must first enable the keyboard by going to the settings of your smartphone or tablet.

If you have an Android device available, the procedure you need to follow is the following: open the app Settings (the gear icon), tap on the item Language and keyboard and, in the menu that opens, tap on the options Current keyboard> Select more. At this point, move up ON the switch located next to the entry Tenor GIF Keyboard and, finally, presses on the voice again Current keyboard and put the check mark next to Tenor GIF Keyboard.

If you have an iOS device, however, you must follow the following procedure: open the app Settings (the gear icon), tap on the options General> Keyboard> Keyboards and, in the menu that opens, presses up Add new keyboard … and tap on the option GIF Keyboard in the box that appears. After that, press again on the option GIF Keyboard and, in the screen that opens, move up ON the switch lever located next to the entry Allow full access.

As soon as you have carried out the preliminary operations that I indicated above, open any instant messaging app and use the GIFs included in GIF Keyboard by Tenor to make your chats more “fun”.

Save GIFs from WhatsApp and Telegram

Did you know that GIFs can also be saved by some instant messaging apps such as WhatsApp and Telegram? No? Let me explain how you can do this.

If you want to download GIF from WhatsApp using an Android smartphone, start the app of the famous “green chat” and select the discussion that contains the GIF of your interest. Then tap twice on the image twice in order to enlarge it, press the button (…) located at the top right and select the option Share from the menu that appears.

At this point, select the app where you want to save the GIF (e.g. Dropbox, Google Drive or Google Photos), confirm and you’re done. The GIF will be saved as an MP4 movie. Unfortunately, this is a limitation of WhatsApp which at the moment cannot be overcome.

How to save GIFs

GIFs sent or received on WhatsApp are saved in the folder WhatsApp> Media> WhatsApp Animated of the device. However, these are always MP4 files, therefore short videos and not real animated GIFs. If you want to find out how to create animated GIFs from video, read the tutorial I dedicated to the topic.

If you want to save a GIF using WhatsApp for iOS, instead, start playing the GIF in WhatsApp, tap again on the GIF to enlarge it, press on thesharing icon and choose the option Save in the menu that opens.

The image will be saved in the iOS roll in GIF format. In the Photos app it will seem static, but going to share it in other apps, it will regain its nature of animated GIF.

How to save GIFs

If, on the other hand, you want to download the GIFs sent and / or received with Telegram, you must follow this simple procedure that is valid for users with an Android device: open the chat where the GIF you are interested in is located, press on the icon (…) in the upper right corner of the GIF and, in the menu that opens, tap on the option Save to GIF.

The procedure to follow on iOS to save a GIF from Telegram is just as simple. After identifying the chat in which the GIF you want to save is present, make a long tap on the GIF and, in the menu that opens, press on the option Other.

Then presses onSharing icon located at the bottom center, select the option Save video from the menu that opens and you’re done. The GIF will be saved to the iOS camera roll as an MP4 file.

How to save GIFs

Motion Stills (Android / iOS)

In addition to downloading GIFs from the Internet, would you like to create new ones using your personal videos? In that case, I recommend you try Motion Stills, a free solution made available by Google that allows you to create GIFs starting from the contents of your gallery or from images captured in real time with the camera of your smartphone or tablet.

After downloading Motion Stills to your device Android or iOS (at the time of writing the app is compatible only with iPhone, not with iPad) open the application and, on the home screen, press on the icon of the circle to capture the images you will need to create your own personalized GIF. As soon as the recording is finished, at the bottom of the screen you will find the preview of the video you have just shot accompanied by a white arrow pointing upwards. To have access to the editor that will allow you to create your GIF, press on white arrow and tap on the moving image.

To complete the creation of the GIF, tap on thearrow icon pointing to the right and, in the menu that allows you to save and share the GIFs, choose whether to export the GIF to the gallery of your device or presses the icon of one of the available social networks to share it with your friends.

If you have a latest generation iPhone available, you can use Motion Stills to transform live photos into animated GIFs. In order to use this feature, start the application, select the live photo that you want to transform into a GIF and tap on thearrow icon located at the bottom left to export the GIF to your device or to share it on social networks. If you wish, you can activate a “boomerang” effect by tapping on the ▶ ︎ ◀ ︎ icon located at the bottom right and you can also add writing by pressing the icon “T”.

If you want to know which others app to create GIFs you can install on your device, read the in-depth analysis that I have prepared in this regard. I am sure you will find it very useful.