How to Tweet a GIF—The Easiest Way (2023)

Twitter GIFs can be a fun and expressive part of the social media platform. Here's how to post them.

A picture is worth a thousand words, and since the bird app limits your characters, you'll want to learn how to post a GIF to Twitter. GIFs are short animations that usually show some kind of emotion or reaction and are frequently used for humor or emphasis. Basically, any time you might say, "I have no words." Here's everything you need to know about posting GIFs on Twitter.

How to Post Gif on Twitter

We love emojis, but GIFs add a whole new level of self expression. On Twitter, GIFs are especially useful because the characters per tweet are limited, so you can show your feelings in one animated image rather than trying to fit a text description. If you're into the GIF game, you might also want to learn how to download GIFs from Twitter and how to make a GIF of your own. For more fun ways to express yourself on your iPhone, check out our free Tip of the Day.

Note: Screen readers frequently have trouble with GIFs, so adding a quick description in the text of your tweet is encouraged.

You can tweet a GIF as either a response to a tweet or as a whole new tweet of your own. For this example, I'll be replying to a tweet as this is the more popular way to use GIFs, but both are legitimate.

  1. Open Twitter.

  2. Tap the tweet to which you want to reply.

  3. Tap the box that says Tweet your reply.

  4. Tap the GIF icon.

  5. Tap the search bar or choose a recommended category.

  6. If using the search bar, enter your keywords (emotion, character, etc.).

  7. Tap the gif you want to use.

  8. Tap +ALT to add an image description.

  9. Write the description and tap Done.

  10. Tap Reply.

And there you go! Now you can view your GIF in your tweet and others can too. Next, learn how to save GIFs on your iPhone!

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Amy Spitzfaden–Both

Amy Spitzfaden Both is a Feature Writer at iPhone Life, an award-winning novelist, and an iPhone enthusiast. Over the past decade, her work in the publishing industry has included live coverage of industry events including the Yale Publishing Course and Magazine Innovation’s ACT 9 Experience, providing editing services for several start-up publishing houses, and acting as newsstand consultant for magazines such as The Old Farmer’s Almanac and The New York Review of Books. She graduated from M.I.U. with a Bachelor’s in Literature and Writing, and has gone on to publish two novels and two short stories. Her debut novel Untold won the 2014 Chelson Award for Fiction.
Writing everything from book reviews to skincare tips, Amy discovered a passion for bringing exciting and useful information to even the most casual researcher. The mix of usability and endless possibilities is what drew her to Apple products originally, and the more she learns, the more she loves.
Amy lives in New Hampshire with her husband and daughter. When she’s not writing or glued to her iPhone, she enjoys hiking, traveling, and creating her own tea blends.