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.
In this section we cover several apps that will let you create and modify GIF images on your devices. Once you get these apps, you’ll be able to create GIFs, convert videos to GIFs, turn data into GIFs, and even modify your existing GIF images. Let’s check out these apps.
1. GIF Maker and Editor
GIF Maker and Editor is a free GIF creator application for Android 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.
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 can 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.
2. GIPHY Cam
GIPHY Cam is another great tool for users who are looking to create GIFs on their mobile devices. The app lets you record quick videos, then turns them into GIFs automatically. Of course, you can also decorate your mini clips with multiple stickers, effects, filters, and text.
On the other hand, the app doesn’t let you glue a series of images together to make a GIF. If you want, however, you can use a singular image and then add effects or stickers to make it a GIF.
If you’re not inspired to make GIFs yourself, you can browse through GIPHY’s library, which is filled with many fun and interesting GIFs.
Gifless is a web service you can access in 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.
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.
4. Data GIF Maker
Data GIF Maker is a web app developed by Google which 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
7. Gif Run
Gif Run is a useful 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 and then press “Get Video.”
Next, select how long you want your GIF to be. Then, 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 go ahead and click on Create GIF to create your mini clip.
Now that you know how to make GIFs, perhaps you’ll be interested to learn more about image and video editing, so check out our list of the best photo collage apps for iPhone or read all about making your own movie with a YouTube video editor.