You might see GIFs every time you visit Facebook: they can be found in posts, comments, events, group messages. GIFs can serve any purpose, from a congratulatory message to a friend to a sarcastic comment under a text post.
You can take a picture or video on your phone, but you can't record a GIF without some extra software, and while it’s easy to find pictures and videos with a quick Google search, finding the right GIF can be tricky. I’m going to go over everything you need to know to find or create GIFs, and all the ways you can post them on Facebook.
- Where can I post GIFs on Facebook?
- Finding GIFs in Facebook
- How to post any GIF you found or saved
Get Started Now: You can find GIFs in Facebook's GIF library, look them up in GIPHY, or create them from any video using Kapwing.
Where can I post GIFs on Facebook?
You can share GIFs on Facebook just as easily as photos, and in most of the same locations. Here’s a quick rundown:
• GIF-only posts
• Posts with text
• Posts with multiple GIFs
• Profile GIFs (recorded in the Facebook app)
• Personal messages
• GIF-only comments
Finding GIFs in Facebook
The simplest way to add a GIF to a Facebook post, comment, or message is to use Facebook’s built-in GIF libraries. There are over 1500 GIFs to explore in Facebook itself, so if you want to convey a general message or stick with a general theme, you can use an existing GIF file.
When you’re writing a post, you’ll need to select the three-dot menu button under the text field and you’ll see the GIF option listed below. Clicking on the GIF button lets you search for the GIF you want to use using relevant keywords – for example, if you wanted to find the Drake Clapping GIF, just search “Drake Clapping” and look through the top results.
If you’re sending a GIF in a comment or message, it’s even easier. When writing a comment, the GIF button is located on the right side of the text field, and it’s always located directly under the place you type messages in Messenger.
How to Post any GIF you found or saved
Sometimes, you want a specific GIF file that you can’t find in the Facebook library, or you’d like to make a GIF out of another video you found online. To do this, you have a couple options. If you’ve seen the GIF somewhere on the internet before, there’s a good chance it’s in Giphy. Although they don’t give you very robust GIF creation options, you can find almost any GIF you’ve seen in their library.
But if you can’t find the GIF you want anywhere, or you’d like to make one based on a video you have saved or found online, head to Kapwing.com to turn any video clip into a GIF in just a few seconds. By going to the Video Converter in the Tools tab, you can paste a video link or upload a video from your computer and select Export as GIF from the conversion menu in the top right corner.
Once your video is uploaded and you’ve trimmed it to the part you want to use as a GIF, click Export GIF and download your GIF in just a few seconds. If you're not signed into a Kapwing account, sign in or sign up using your Google or Facebook account – once you've signed into a Kapwing account, the watermark in the lower right corner will be removed from your final GIF file.
Posting a GIF from your device to Facebook is just as easy as sharing one from the Facebook GIF library. Just choose the “Photo/Video” option when you’re making your post, comment, or message, and select the GIF file from your file browser.
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