WebsiteCompass 15 How to Use GIFs in Messaging Apps You can use a GIF in a text message to support a point, convey an emotion, or just be silly. Modern text messaging apps make it as easy to include a GIF in your message as it is to include an emoji. TUTORIAL Use a GIF on an Android Device On Android devices, Google Messages is the default texting app. Here’s how to send a GIF within it. TUTORIAL Use a GIF on an iOS Device On iPhones, sending a GIF is just as easy as doing so on an Android device. 1. Open Messages. 2. Tap the text box. The keyboard and shortcut panels appear. 3. To bring up GIF options, tap the red search icon. 4. Scroll to find the GIF you want. Alternatively, in the Find images box, enter a search term. 5. Tap the GIF you want to send. It appears in the text box. 6. You can add text, then send as usual, or just send. 1. Open Messages. 2. Tap Start chat to initiate a new text. 3. Choose the person you want to send the GIF to. 4. In the Chat message box, tap the emoji icon. 5. A menu appears. Tap GIFs. 6. Choose the category you want, such as Happy, Love, or Confused. Alternatively, in the Search GIFs box, enter a search term. 7. Scroll until you find a GIF you like, then select it. 8. The GIF appears in the Chat message box. You can add text, then send as usual, or just send. QUICKTIP: GIPHY (giphy.com) enables you to download GIFs and even make your own. OHHH!