How to make a GIF on Facebook: Update adds tool to the app’s built-in camera

It may have taken Facebook a little time to join the GIF party but it has well and truly found its stride. A GIF option has been added to the app’s built-in camera that lets you record your own three-second clips.

The addition follows the full roll-out of the app’s Facebook Camera, Effects, Stories, and Direct tools in March. The feature was spotted by The Next Web and appears to only be available on the latest version of the iOS app.

How to make a GIF on Facebook

At one time Facebook had its own GIF creator. Depending on the version of Facebook you’re currently running you can follow the first option or use another application to create your GIFs.

Option 1

To record your own GIF on Facebook, open the app and tap on the camera in the top left corner of the Facebook app or by swiping right from News Feed.

Along the top of the screen are three tabs: Normal, GIF, and Text. Normal lets you take photos and record videos in the traditional way. Text creates the colorful text backgrounds seen littering news feeds, and GIF lets you record a three-second clip. All of the usual Snapchat-style features are then available to add, including frames, emoji, text, and effects.

You can then save the GIF to your phone’s camera roll or upload it to your Facebook Story.

Option 2

If this doesn’t work for you, or you’d like more customizing options, use Giphy. This well-known GIF creator lets you create unique and interesting GIFs to share with all of your friends on the social media platform.

How to add a Facebook GIF profile picture

Once you’ve created a GIF, you can make it your profile picture. You can also turn any GIF online into a profile picture.

To turn a static profile picture into a moving one go to your profile and click Edit in the bottom right-hand corner of your existing profile picture. From here you can either Take a New Profile Video, to record a new clip or Select Profile Video. The latter will open your camera roll and your list of videos will appear.

Select your video, trim it if appropriate, and select Save.

Facebook’s foray into the world of GIFs is likely to have been driven by the success of GIFs on Facebook-owned WhatsApp. In November, WhatsApp added the option to send GIFs either saved on your phone, or via the built-in GIF search engine to individual friends and groups of people.

The feature lets you edit GIFs on your phone with captions, stickers, and drawings, time the length of clips, and convert your six-second videos into GIFs on the fly. Live photos- the iPhone photographs that capture a couple of seconds of the video before the image is snapped- can also be sent as GIFs.

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