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.