How To Send GIFs in Messages App in iOS 10

BY Khamosh Pathak

Published 11 Sep 2016

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No more will you need to install buggy third party keyboards or use spammy GIF apps filled with ads. For the new Messages app in iOS 10 has added a native GIF search feature!

Using the feature, you’ll be able to search for images and GIFs right inside the Messages app, and send it along in just a tap. Here’s how it works.

How To Send GIFs in Messages App

Open the Messages app and go to the conversation where you want to share the GIF.

Step 1: Tap on the “Right arrow” button next to the “iMessage” field.

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Step 2: Now, select the “Apps” icon.

Step 3: You’ll now see iMessages apps replace the keyboard. Each app runs in this view. You swipe left/right to switch between apps. You’ll see the dots in the bottom, they show which app you’re in.

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For me, the “#images” app was on the last page.

To quickly switch between the apps, tap the “Grid” icon in the bottom-left, highlighted in the screenshot below.

Step 4: Then tap “#images“.

You’ll now see a grid of the most popular GIFs, images and videos. Mostly, it’s just GIFs.

You can swipe up to view more GIFs.

Step 5: You can tap on “Find images and videos” to search for a specific GIFs. Apple’s collection is pretty good – I was able to find lots and lots of cool Mad Men GIFs, as it should be.

When you tap the search, you’ll go full screen.

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You can also go full screen by tapping the “up arrow” button in bottom-right.

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Step 6: When you find a GIF you like, tap on it and it will be added to the text field. Write a message here if you want and the tap the blue “up” arrow button to send it along.

Your Favorite GIF Apps?

I really like using Gboard for quickly searching and sending GIFs and Emojis. This feature is great, but it’s limited to the Messages app. So when it comes to other apps like WhatsApp or Messenger, what kind of app do you use for sending GIFs? Share with us in the comments below.