How to Save GIFS from Twitter

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How to Save GIFS from Twitter to your Computer
How to Save GIFS from Twitter on iPhone
How to Save GIFS from Twitter on Android

There are plenty of animated GIFs shared on Twitter every minute. But what if you want to save any GIF image (to share on other social media network, send via text or even use in your article)?

Unfortunately, there’s no easy way. The problem is, Twitter converts any animated GIF into a video file which makes saving the image and reusing it elsewhere a big problem.

Even if you share an animated GIF in your own Twitter stream and decide to find it later to download, you may find it next to impossible.

Luckily, I have found a few easy ways to save animated GIFS from Twitter. This includes saving reaction GIFs, memes, short clips as well as pretty much any video files you find on Twitter:

How to Save GIFS from Twitter to Your Computer (PC / Windows, Mac, etc.)

Time needed: 3 minutes.

Here are the steps to download animated GIF files from Twitter to your computer using any web browser:

  1. Step 1: Click “Options” icon in the top-right corner of your tweet and choose “Copy link to tweet” in your Twitter timeline

    copy link to tweet on twitter

  2. Step 2: Use any browser on your PC or Mac to access ezgif.com/optimize and paste your tweet URL there. Click “Upload”

  3. Step 3: Scroll the tool results and click “Convert to GIF” (using the default settings). The tool will keep the infinite looping when creating a GIF

  4. Step 4: Once the tool shows the animated GIF file below, save the image to your computer. The GIF will have the same dimensions as the original Twitter video

    How to Save GIFS from Twitter on Your Desktop (PC / Windows, Mac, etc.) or Online

You can also play around the multiple image editing options to modify the gif file:

  • Resize image
  • Combine images
  • Add visual effects
  • Optimize the GIF file size
  • Annotate your GIF (i.e. use text overlay or a caption)
  • Speed up or slow down the frame rate (change the “frames per second” setting)
  • Change the sequence of (i.e. rearrange) frames
  • Rotate or flip the image

The tool allows you to edit your GIF frame by frame. You can preview it at every step and export the creation once you are satisfied with it.

Here’s my result (Took me about 5 minutes to retrieve, edit – add text, change speed and optimize for web – and download):

Animated GIF from Twitter

How to Save GIFS from Twitter on iPhone

  • Step 1: Open App Store, search for GIFwrapped app and download it (free)
  • Step 2: Open Twitter app and navigate to any GIF or video you want to save to your photos
  • Step 3: Click “Download” icon below the tweet and there “Share tweet via”
  • Step 4: Click “Copy Link” in the next popup
  • Step 5: Open your GIFwrapped app and there “Search” tab
  • Step 6: Select “Use the Clipboard” option there
  • Step 7: Once GIFwrapped identifies your GIF, click the download icon again, then “Share image” and then “Save image”
Save GIF from Twitter iphone app

You are done! Exporting the file is instant. You can now see the animated GIF in your Photos on your iPhone.

How to Save GIFS from Twitter on Android

  • Step 1: Download the free app called Tweet2gif
  • Step 2: Once you come across a GIF or a video you want to download on Twitter, click the tweet to open it
  • Step 3*: Click “Copy Link to Tweet” in the upper-right corner menu of the tweet
  • Step 4: Open Tweet2gif app, select “Paste” and then “Download” to save the image instantly

The app will save the GIF in an infinite loop.

Save GIF from Twitter on Android

*Instead of Step 3 and 4, you can select “Share” icon in Twitter (lower-right corner), select Tweet2gif and it will take you directly to the app to download the GIF.

How to Use Animated GIF Images

Now that you have a growing collection of animated images on your desktop or phone, what can you do with it?

  • Share it on your (business) social media streams (e.g. Facebook wall, Instagram or Tumblr). If you maintain a business social media account, you may want to make sure you can use the image
  • Use it on your site (e.g. in your article). You may want to run the image through compressor.io to make it web-optimized

How to Save GIFS NOW

  • How to Save GIFS from Twitter on PC or Mac: Use ezgif.com on any of your browsers
  • How to Save GIFS from Twitter on iPhone: Copy the Tweet URL and use the free app GIFwrapped to retrieve the animated GIF
  • How to Save GIFS from Twitter on Android: Copy the Tweet URL and use the free app Tweet2gif to retrieve the animated GIF

Happy GIFfing!


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