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How to make a GIF on your iPhone

Macworld | May 16, 2019

Turn your Live Photos, burst photos, and videos into GIFs.

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Whether you say Gif or Jif, the format is now more popular than it’s ever been. People just love to share short, silent, looping clips on social media and text messages. Its fun!

Of course you can make GIFs with your iPhone, but did you know you can turn your own Live Photos, burst photos, and videos into GIFs without any special GIF-making apps?

Let me show you.

Lets start with turning those Live Photos into GIFs. Live Photos capture a little bit of video before and after your still image, and you enable them by tapping the little circles at the top of the camera app.

Open up your Photos app and find the Live Photo you want to turn into a GIF. You can find all your Live Photos easily by going to Albums, then scrolling down to the Media Types list.

With the Live Photo open, swipe up. You’ll see options for Effects just beneath it. The default is Live, but if you choose Loop or Bounce, you’ll turn it into a GIF.

Then you just hit the Share menu button in the lower left to post the GIF to Twitter or send it in a Message or Email or whatever. If you want to find it later, look in the Animations section under Media Types.

Turning your burst photos - that’s when you hold down the shutter button to take a whole bunch of photos really fast - and your videos into GIFs will require the Shortcuts app.

It’s one of Apple’s own featured apps, but it doesn’t come pre-installed, so grab it from the app store. You should definitely do this--you can do tons of cool things with it.

Open the Shortcuts app. You want to find and add the Convert Burst to GIF shortcut. We’ll have a link to it below.

When you run the shortcut, it’ll show a grid of your burst photos. Pick one, wait for the GIF to generate, and hit Done. You’ll be asked if you want to save it or share it.

There’s a similar shortcut called Video to GIF that will do nearly the same thing for all the videos taken on your phone. You’ll have the option to trim it down first, which you’ll probably want to do. On that shortcut, hit the Share button before you hit Done, because it doesn’t prompt you to share or save.

If you want to do fancier editing, or add text or stickers, you’ll probably want to download a third-party app like GIPHY. But for making simple GIFs from your own photos and videos, these two methods should give you everything you need.



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