There are loads of animated GIFs shared on Twitter every moment. But What if you would like to save any GIF image (to share on other social networking network, send via text or perhaps use in your article)?
Unfortunately, there is no simple way. The problem is, Twitter converts Any animated GIF into a video file that makes saving the image and reusing it a big issue. Even if you discuss an animated GIF on your own Twitter stream and Choose to find it later to download, you might find it next to impossible. Fortunately, I have found a Couple of easy ways to save animated GIFS out of Twitter. Including saving reaction GIFs, memes, short clips as well As pretty much any video files you see 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:
- Step 1: Click “Options” icon in the top-right corner of your tweet and choose “Copy link to tweet” in your Twitter timeline
- Step 2: Use any browser on your PC or Mac to access ezgif.com/optimize and paste your tweet URL there. Click “Upload”
- 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
- 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
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):
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”
You are done! Exporting the file is instant. You can now see the animated GIF in your Photos on your iPhone.
- 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.
*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
Download the MP4, Then Convert
If you’re on a different platform and can’t download Tweet2gif, well you have a bit more work to do to get your GIF. (Don’t worry, it’s still not very time consuming.) What you need to do is first, download the MP4 video file of the GIF on Twitter. Then, convert that MP4 file to a GIF file. Let’s run through both.
An easy way to download a GIF from Twitter as a video is to go to savedeo.com. Much like Tweet2gif, all you have to do here is paste in the URL of the tweet you’re using. So grab that, paste and click Download. On the new page, click the smaller Download link on the right. Since GIFs are rarely more than a few seconds long, the MP4 should finish downloading almost instantly.
Now, time to convert. Visit ezgif.com and click Video to GIF in the menu. Browse for your saved MP4 file and upload it.
You can play around with a bunch of different options, but if you want to just get straight to the download, skip over that. The only thing I’d recommend is changing the frame rate (FPS) to 20 seconds for a smoother animation. Finally, click Convert to GIF!
The animated GIF appears below and at long last, you can do what you’ve wanted to do from the start: right-click and save. That wasn’t too tedious, right?