Something you’ll see on Twitter more than anywhere else are reaction GIFs, or GIFs used to respond to other posts and comments without writing a word. Twitter has a full GIF search engine that makes it easy to find the right GIF to send, either in a direct message or in a reply tweet to someone else in your feed, with simple tips like ” I accept “,” Applause “,” High Five “and many more.
As expected, you will surely see a million GIFs on whatever platform you want. Unfortunately, keeping those Twitter GIFs on your computer or phone is harder than it should be. Right-clicking on the official site reveals the possibility of copying the URL, but that’s all you get!
Why does Twitter make it so difficult to download and save GIFs for offline use? Is it possible to save Twitter GIFs on your computer or smartphone? You’ll find answers and more in this guide to download GIFs from Twitter.
Twitter GIFs are not real GIFs
For starters, why can’t you save Twitter GIFs as an image file on your computer or smartphone like you would save a GIF on any other website? The answer may not seem obvious at first, but you can’t upload any media other than a still photo to Twitter.
Instead, you may notice that the GIFs on Twitter use an interface that looks like a video platform, but they lack the play bar at the bottom of the screen. This is the real reason why you cannot save your Twitter GIFs to your computer – they are not GIFs at all, but small video files converted to a proprietary format by Twitter. On the other hand, you can also convert videos for posting on Twitter.
So what does it mean to download GIFs from Twitter? The answer is to use a third-party tool. While it’s not as simple as right-clicking an image and saving it to your computer, it’s still a simple process. We will see.
Save a Twitter GIF to your computer
The easiest way to save a GIF from Twitter is to use a PC. It’s like that!
- Take your PC and open the tweet that contains the GIF you want to copy.
- Right-click on the GIF. You will see an option here: copy video address.
- Copy the GIF link.
- Open a new tab.
- Go to “https://ezgif.com/” and click on the “Video to GIF” link.
- Paste the copied Twitter GIF link into the video URL box.
- Click “Upload Video!” Button.
- You will see a page presenting your GIF as a video. Click “Convert to GIF” to convert it to a “normal” GIF file.
- The converted GIF will appear in the next window. Right-click on it and save the file as shown in the example below. You’ll notice that they specify not to link to the GIF that they display directly. That’s why you need to right-click on the GIF and save it to your PC, which makes a lot of sense considering that you want to keep it for many uses.
Just remember that sending the GIF back to Twitter will convert the GIF to the Twitter hybrid format, just like any animated GIF file.
Save a GIF to your phone
Unfortunately, keeping a Twitter GIF on your smartphone is more complicated than downloading it to your computer, thanks in large part to the limitations of mobile operating systems. Still, some people trust their smartphones for everything, and even Twitter is a better experience when it’s in the palm of your hand. For these two methods below, we will use the Twitter app for Android, combined with other apps to unlock GIF download on your device. We will see.
The simplest solution: use your mobile browser
By far the most natural solution is simply to copy the GIF, just like the method we described earlier. It’s not difficult to copy the video address into the Twitter app, and EZGIF has a mobile site that makes saving the GIF to your phone just as easy.
- Start by finding the GIF you want to save on your device
- Click on the tweet
- Click on the GIF inside the tweet to open it full screen.
- Tap the share button at the bottom, then select “Copy Link.” On Android, you are notified when the link is copied to your clipboard.
- Once the link is copied, open your browser and go to EZGIFS.com, which has a mobile site that works as described above.
- Paste the link in the box provided, but do not click on the “Convert” button. The problem of copying the link from the Twitter sharing menu is obvious: the copied link includes an invitation in front of it to “review” the tweet.
- Scroll down the URL and remove anything before the “https: // …” part of the link.
Press the “Upload Video button” button
- Press and hold the newly created GIF.
- Select ‘Save Image’ to download the content to your device.
Dedicated apps for iOS and Android
In addition to the mobile site for EZGIF, there are several off-website apps that you can install on iOS or Android to do the same. Apps support the ability to download and save content to your device instead of saving it from the web browser, but using a web page is safer. Still, there are proven apps out there, if you prefer a dedicated app that does the same job. Just get ready for the announcements!
For Android, Tweet2GIF is an app that works much like EZGIF’s video to GIF web app but works as a dedicated app. One downside of the app is the lower conversion quality, but it works great overall!
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Just click once on the convert button to access your GIF, not convert it, then download it. Second, as it happens in your application interface, GIFs are easier to download and store than they would be otherwise. We found the GIFs to be a bit lower in quality than we would otherwise wish from the platform, but it’s still a reliable app.
- Click the GIF in the associated tweet to open it full screen.
- Press the “Share” button at the bottom
- Select “Copy link”.
- Visit Tweet2GIF from the Play Store.
- Install and run the app.
- Paste the Twitter GIF link that you copied in steps 1-3 above.
- Click the “Download GIF” button to save a copy to your smartphone.
For iOS, you’ll want to turn to GIFwrapped, a trusted iOS GIF search engine that also has the ability to make Twitter GIFs shareable.
- Copy the link and paste it into the “Use Clipboard” function of GIFwrapped.
- Save the GIF to your library
- Publish or share the GIF in any app using GIFwrapped’s built-in sharing feature.
Since GIFwrapped keeps your library in the app, it’s easy to keep things locked and make them available.
With your GIF downloaded and saved from Twitter’s clutches, you can publish and share the video clip file anywhere! GIFs are a vital part of the online world and help pages load faster than real media files. Whether you use a dedicated application or download content via EZGIF or another viable online source, it is essential to keep the GIFs for future use. It’s also dumb for Twitter to keep their locked GIFs in a video-like state, but luckily they can be converted and saved for the rest of us.