Want iPhone GIFs? Here’s how to get the iMessage GIF keyboard

iPhone GIFs: GIF is a Graphics Interchange Format. It is a file extension for an often animated raster graphics file. The second most common image format used on the World Wide Web after JPEG is GIF. It is owned by Unisys.

A GIF can go viral when it is used with the right content that is why it has become a powerful marketing tool. Whether you are using it for your blog, website or any social media channel (Twitter, Facebook and more) iPhone GIFs are very effective.

GIF comes with the file extension (.gif); it is basically an image file format that is animated by merging several other images or set of frames into a single file. Then this single file is encoded as Graphics Interchange Format known as GIF.

Same as JPEG image format (.jpg); GIFs use a compression algorithm referred to as LZW encoding that does not degrade the quality of an image and allows for easy storing of the file in bytes.


In 1987, by Steve Wilhite, the GIF graphic file format was created at CompuServe. Later, in 2013 he was awarded for inventing the GIF format.

The GIFs are a fun way to communicate with each other as it has become highly popular and beloved forms of expression on the World Wide Web. There are enormous ways to find and send iPhone GIFs on an iPhone.

If you own an Apple device that has iOS10 or later then GIF has a built-in feature. But do not worry if you have an older version of iOS or unable to upgrade it to a later version then still you can get it by some popular third-party tools in your Apple device.

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How to Get the iPhone GIFs?

iMessage GIF keyboard

If you want to enjoy this pleasant service on your iPhone then below are the steps to get the iMessage GIF keyboard.

  1. Open Messages and compose a new message or open an existing message.
  2. Click on the (A icon) i.e. known as Apps, locates to the left of the text field.
  3. If “#” images do not pop up, click the icon with four bubbles located in the bottom left corner.
  4. Now, Click on “# images” to browse, search and select a GIF.


Now, a set of images appear on your screen from that popular GIFs, choose the one and send! You can also add text along GIF before sending it.

Now, if you want to get third party GIF keyboards, then keep the below-mentioned steps in mind.

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Third-Party iPhone GIFs Keyboards

GIF keyboards

If you want a wider variety of GIFs, there are two most popular options i.e. GIPHY and GIF keyboard. Both mentioned apps are free and easy to download and install. You can get it either through the App Store or within the iMessage App Store (the choice is yours).

iMessage App Store

In iMessage, click on App Store to browse and search the third-party apps that can be utilized within Message. In most cases, if you download an app through the iMessage App Store. Standalone app will also be downloaded and installed to your Home screen.

If you have iOS10 or later and have installed the third-party app for GIF keyboard after downloading it from the app store, then it will automatically appear in your iMessages.

But if you have an older version then need not to worry as you can add one of these keyboards through Messages by pressing Store Button (+icon) and type in the name of the keyboard that you want to add.

Once you add the keyboard in the iMessage app, then the main app for this keyboard will also be automatically downloaded and will appear on your Home screen.



On the other hand, if you have decided to download the keyboard app from App store. Then the keyboard will itself be added to messages. There are some apps like GIPHY CAM, GIF keyboard, and some other similar types of apps to create your own GIFs on iPhone that you can use in the text messages. This can be a lot of fun if you have a close-knit group of friends.

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