It doesn’t take long to find an animated GIF on Twitter, but you may have found that you can’t download Twitter GIF like you can on many other websites. That’s a pain because usually saving a GIF is as easy as right-clicking the image and saving it. However, on Twitter it is not that simple, and it’s all down to how the platform handles animated images.
The obvious question is, why does Twitter mess around with GIFs? Well, the company handles media that is not a photo in a unique way. Specifically, the platform opens GIFs in an interface that is essentially a video player, so instead of opening in another tab (like a photo or normal GIF), it simply plays directly on the feed. Because of this interface choice, users cannot download GIF from Twitter as they can on other websites.
Luckily, there are ways to save Twitter GIFs onto your PC or mobile device. Below, we will take a look at the methods and Twitter GIF downloader tools that work across those form factors.
Download Twitter GIF on Your PC
Let’s start with the simple facts. You can save GIFs from Twitter onto a PC in an easier way than on mobile. The cursor on a PC really helps you to move quicker through the steps. Still, you will take several steps on both form factors, but at least the mouse will help you to be more efficient.
So grab your computer and let’s get going.
1. First things first, right-click on the GIF in Twitter as you would when saving a GIF on another site. Select the option in the context menu that says, “copy video address.”
2. With the video address saved, open a new browser tab and choose a service that converts video to GIF. As is usually the case, there are numerous solutions for this task, so you will have to choose the one that is best for you. For the purpose of our guide we used EZGIF, which is an excellent choice and number one on Google’s search for video-GIF converter.
3. Using the copied URL to save GIF from Twitter, head to the Video to GIF option on EZGIF and paste the URL into the window and click “upload video” just below.
4. EZGIF will now begin the automatic conversion of the video, making it a standard GIF file once again. Because Twitter is simply repackaging GIFs as videos, the formatting and size should already be taken care of. Converting on EZGIF is usually a fairly swift process.
As you can see in the image below, EZGIF’s Twitter GIF downloader tells you all the information about the GIF you created, including size, length, and other information. The site also provides some basic editing tools to allow you to customize the GIF before saving it to your PC.
5. Once the GIF is created, it plays in the window you see above with editing tools. Saving it to your PC from here is as simple as saving any GIF from a website. Right-click the GIF and choose “Save Image As” in the context menu and give it a file name and location on your computer. Now you know how to save a GIF from Twitter onto a computer.
Download Twitter GIF on Your Mobile
As mentioned, if you wish to download Twitter GIF onto a mobile device, then the process is a little more complicated because of the need to multi-task, on which PCs tend to do better. Either way, anyone who uses iOS or Android will know this sound piece of advice: “there’s an app for that!”
However, while the iPhone App Store and Google Play Store are both littered with video to GIF converters, there is an easier way to do it without needing to get a Twitter GIF downloader. Also, this method works exactly the same on iOS and Android, although we used Android for this guide. The method we are talking about is the same as we used as on PC.
Yes, EZGIF has a mobile website that is simple to use and just as clean and efficient as its PC counterpart. Below are the steps you need to take on iOS or Android to download GIF from Twitter to your handset.
1. Find the GIF you want to save from the Twitter app and tap the GIF so it opens in a full screen. Choose the “share” button in the bottom left of the screen and choose “Save to Clipboard.”
2. Go to your smartphone browser and head to EZGIF. Now the process is exactly the same as on PC, starting with pasting the copied URL and clicking “convert” in the Twitter GIF downloader.
3. Next, convert the file and wait for the created GIF to appear below. It is worth noting that this only takes a few seconds at most.
4. Now the GIF is prepared, you can save it as you would any other image from the web.
As it turned out, it is very easy to save GIF from Twitter, you just have to know a Twitter GIF downloader to turn to. Sending a funny GIF instead of a boring answer might cheer someone up, so why not give this a try. Another great way to brighten up your day is to watch some funny YouTube channels with hilarious videos.