How to Send a GIF on Apple Watch (watchOS 8)

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When you're on the go, you can quickly send a GIF to respond to a text via your Apple Watch. These animated images strike the perfect balance between efficiency and fun. Here's how to text an Apple Watch GIF.

Related: Apple Watch Won’t Update? Here’s How to Fix It.

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Why You'll Love This Tip

  • Add humor to your texts by sending a GIF on your Apple Watch.
  • Avoid pausing in the middle of workouts and activities to type longer text responses. 

How to Text a GIF on Apple Watch

Follow the steps below to learn how to send a GIF on your Apple Watch. To learn more about messaging with your various Apple devices, sign up for our Tip of the Day newsletter.

  1. Start a new text or select an existing conversation in Messages on Apple Watch.
  2. If you're starting a new text conversation, tap the Create Message field. If not, skip to step 3.

  3. Tap the App Store icon. This will be near the top of your screen for a new message, or at the bottom for a message within an existing thread.

  4. Tap the search GIFs icon.

  5. Select or search for the GIF you want to send.

  6. Tap Send or OK in the upper-right corner. The option you see will vary based on whether it's a new message or an existing conversation.

  7. If you tapped OK, scroll down and tap Send to send the Apple Watch GIF. If you tapped Send, you're done!

That's it! Now that you know how to access this somewhat hidden Apple Watch feature, you'll be able to send an Apple GIF any time you like. 

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Ashleigh Page

Ashleigh Page is an Associate Editor for iPhone Life. A longtime Apple enthusiast with a Bachelor's in English and Computer Science and three years of experience writing about tech, Ashleigh has written and tested hundreds of articles about devices and features within Apple's ecosystem. She specializes in iPhone, iPad, AirPods, and Mac content and has authored a 60-page in-depth guide about the Apple Maps app. Based in North Carolina, Ashleigh is often crafting whimsical (and sometimes nonsensical) short stories and hiking when she's not working.