9 of the Best Apps and Tools to Create and Edit GIFs

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GIF is an image file format that, unlike other image formats, supports animations. Basically, you can record short animations and save and share them in the GIF format. The format is now widely used for Internet jokes as well as for tutorials. We cover several apps and services that will let you create and modify GIF images on your device. Once you get them on your device, you’ll be able to create GIFs, convert videos to GIFs, turn data into GIFs, and even modify your existing GIF images.

1. Giphy GIF Maker

Giphy (Android | iOS) is a great tool for users looking to create GIFs on their mobile devices. The app lets you record quick videos, then automatically turns them into GIFs. Of course, you can also decorate your mini clips with multiple stickers, effects, filters, and text.

Best Apps To Create Gifs Giphy

You can activate some filters before you start shooting the mini clip. Once the video is done, users can edit it by adding text, various effects, and stickers. What’s more, the app lets you trim the GIF so you can cut out the unflattering parts.

2. GIF Maker and Editor

GIF Maker and Editor (Android) is a free GIF creator application that allows users to create animated GIFs in a very simple way. Users can then share these files via social media, message applications, and email.

Best Apps To Create Gifs Gif Maker Editor

The app lets you craft GIFs from images as well as videos. Once you’ve made a GIF, go ahead and add stickers, text, effects and much more to your creation. You can use your own material for the GIF or simply use the app to edit preexisting GIFs you already have on your phone.

GIF Maker and Editor is free to download, but if you want to get rid of all the ads and also unlock a few more options, like a set of 32 professional stickers and support for up to 600 frames, you’ll have to upgrade to the PRO version for $2.99.

3. GIF Me!

GIF Me! (Android | iOS) is an easy-to-use GIF maker that can create short clips using different methods. You can stick a few images together, which are then played in a loop. Alternatively, you can shoot a quick video if you prefer. There’s also an option to import files.

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Once you have a video or a batch of photos ready for stitching together, you can add filters. There’s also a range of editing options which allow you to rearrange frames, adjust speed and add text/stickers.

4. Coub

Another great mobile app for making GIFs is Coub (Android | iOS). The app offers access to a library of GIFs and mini clips, but you can also make your own by using the “Create” button.

Best Apps To Create Gifs Coub

Coub allows you to use your own videos and cut them up according to your needs. Alternatively, you can use any video found on the Web. Just paste the link of the video, which allows you to edit it from within the app. Unlike other apps, though, Coub does not allow you to add filters or other enhancements to your GIFs; however, you can add music to your GIFs.

5. Gifless

Gifless is a web service you can access from your browser. It allows users to create minimalist thumbnail GIFs that consist of just text and emoji. Getting started is easy: access the site and begin by selecting the GIF size. Add the text and emoji, and you’re done! You can copy-paste all your favorite emoji in fields below the text.

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Tap the “Preview” button to check out your creation, then simply click “Download” to get the GIF on your computer. You can also share it directly to social media.

6. Data GIF Maker

Data GIF Maker is a web app developed by Google that allows you to create animated GIFs out of what’s usually viewed as boring data. The service turns your numbers into visuals to make it more interactive and fun for the people you have to share it with.

Best Apps To Create Gifs Data Gif Maker

Using the service is quite simple: just select the theme and input the parameters, and Google will create a stylish GIF in just a few seconds. Once you’ve saved the GIF, you can go ahead and generate a link for sharing it with others.

7. Peek

Peek is an animated GIF recorder for Linux that makes it easy to create short screencasts of your display. It was actually built for the specific use case of recording screen areas for such things as easily showing UI features of your own apps or showing a bug in bug reports.

Best Apps To Create Gifs Data Peak

With Peek, simply place the Peek window over the area you want to capture and press “Record.” Peek is optimized to generate animated GIFs but can also directly record to WebM or MP4 if you prefer.

8. EzGif

Want a GIF as your avatar or profile image on a website but the size is too large? You can use the EzGif tool to easily fix the problem.

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This is a web service that helps users change the dimensions of their animated GIFs. First, upload a GIF and set the desired image size (width and height). Next, select the Resize method and what you want to happen if the aspect ratio does not match and press “Resize image!” That’s it, you’re done!

9. Gif Run

Gif Run is a useful web tool which allows you to create a small GIF of up to 10 seconds from a YouTube/TikTok/Facebook/Twitter or Vimeo video. Copy the link of the video in Gif Run to get started, then press “Get Video.”

Best Apps To Create Gifs Gif Run

Next, select how long you want your GIF to be. Find the part in the video you want to turn into a GIF and press the “Preview” button to get started. Once the set time has expired, you can click “Create GIF” to create your mini clip.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. How do I play animated GIFs on Mac?

Made a GIF but not really sure how to play it on your Mac? Interestingly, while the Preview app can easily handle all types of formats, it can’t play GIFs. Learn how to get around this limitation by checking out our article on the matter.

2. Can I use GIFs as wallpapers?

Sure. If you’re on a Mac, read how to use an animated GIF as your wallpaper. Alternatively, learn how to do the same on Android.

3. What’s the difference between a GIF and a JPG?

JPG and GIF are both a type of image format to store images. If you wish to know what sets them apart, read about the differences in depth.

Now that you know how to make GIFs, perhaps you’ll be interested to learn more about video editing. Check out our reviews of VideoProc Vlogger and the VITA app.

Alexandra Arici Alexandra Arici

Alexandra is passionate about mobile tech and can be often found fiddling with a smartphone from some obscure company. She kick-started her career in tech journalism in 2013, after working a few years as a middle-school teacher. Constantly driven by curiosity, Alexandra likes to know how things work and to share that knowledge with everyone.

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