We all know Twitter and we have been using it for a long time. The social media giant has changed and matured gradually and the crowd of Twitter is a bit different from the rest. Any tweet can become trending any day, and the replies section can be flooded with a lot of different types of tweets containing GIFs, images, memes or even bland criticism.
Twitter has an entire GIF search engine that recommends different types of GIFs depending on what you search. Users can send GIFs in direct messages as well as they can also use the GIFs to tweet.
Since Twitter has its own GIF engine, and lots of people use GIFs to reply to tweets or direct messages on Twitter. There could be some GIFs which you would like to save for yourself, on your phone so that you can use them in future. But as you might know saving GIFs on Twitter isn’t that easy, in fact officially it isn’t possible. But don’t worry we have you covered, and below we have a guide on how you can download GIFs from Twitter to your mobile device.
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Twitter GIFs are Not Real GIFs
Let’s start with why Twitter hasn’t ever given an option to save GIFs to your mobile or computer, just like you can do with any other website. Well, as you all know Twitter doesn’t allow anything except photos to be saved on the device. yes, you cannot save videos as well.
Twitter uses the same video playback UI to play the GIFs, but it misses out on the play pause button and the seek bar. So, in a way, Twitter treats the GIFs as a video, which isn’t downloadable. Also, Twitter converts these GIFs to small videos which are played on Twitter in its own proprietary format.
You might have guessed by now, if not then let me tell you, to download any video or a GIF from Twitter you will be needing to use a third-party tool. the process isn’t easy as you are thinking, yes you cannot simply right-click on a video or GIF and save it to your device, there’s more to it. Below, we have a tutorial, let’s dig in.
Saving a Twitter GIF on your Computer
the easiest process through which you can save a GIf from Twitter is by using a computer.
- Turn on your PC and open Twitter from the browser, also log in to your account.
- open the tweet which is having the GIF that you want to download.
- Right-click on the GIF and then select Copy Video Address.
- Copy the GIF link.
- Now, open a new tab and then go to https://ezgif.com.
- here you need to click on the button that says video to GIF.
- Next, you have to paste the copied URL of the Tweet containing the GIF. Paste the URL into the URL box.
- Click on the Upload Video button.
- The next page that should appear will be displaying your GIF converted to a video. It’s just a preview, click on Convert to GIF to convert it into a regular GIF file.
- Finally, the converted GIF will appear in the next window. Now, all you need to do is right-click on the GIF and then click on save the file.
they have also mentioned not to link to the GIF they display directly.
that’s it now you have successfully saved the GIF from Twitter which you have been wanting to use for the future. Do remember that reposting a GIF to Twitter will convert the GIF back to Twitter’s own format, as it does with any other GIF or video. If you are not able to use the EZGIF converter on your device, then below we have a plethora of different sources that do the same job.
Saving a GIF On Your Phone
As of now, we are sorry to say that there isn’t any way through which you can save Twitter GIFs on your smartphone using the Twitter app. However, there are some alternatives, which can be a bit complicated, so we would advise using a computer to save GIFs, otherwise, you can follow the below tutorial to save GIFs from Twitter using a smartphone. As there are many people who solely rely on smartphones only. till now we have found two different methods through which we can download GIFs from Twitter to our smartphones, below we have discussed the steps, you can go through them.
First Method Using a Smartphone
The first method and the easier one is to use the mobile browser and log in to Twitter and follow similar steps, which are mentioned above. You can simply copy the URL of the GIF in Twitter using your mobile browser and then all you have to do is paste the URL to the recommended websites that can help you in having the GIFs. EZGIF also have a mobile site that can be used to convert and save the GIF from Twitter. Also, copying the URL of a tweet or GIF is very easy even using the Twitter mobile app.
- First, you need to log in to the Twitter mobile app and find the tweet that has a GIF that you want to save it.
- Click on that tweet once you have found it.
- Click on the GIF inside the tweet, which will open the GIF into fullscreen.
- Now, you need to click on the share button and then from the share sheet menu, you can select the option that says copy link, that’s it you have successfully copied the link of that GIF, on Android device you even get toast notification that the link has been copied to the clipboard.
- Since you have copied the link now head to the EZGIF website.
- Simply, you need to paste the link inside the URL box provided by the website, but wait, before you click on the convert button, the link you have copied will also be having the join Twitter and extra sign up links, so before you hit on convert, clear the extra texts written in the link.
- Now, click on the Upload video button.
- Once uploaded, press and hold the newly created GIF, out of the GIF which you provided from Twitter.
- Finally, select on Save Image button and it will download the GIf and save it in the downloads folder of your Android device.
Second Method using the Dedicated Apps for iOS and Android
The above method is the easier one, and you just need to visit websites to save GIf, but there are several different non-website apps on both Android and iOS which can do the same thing using an app. What the app does is that it has the ability to download and save the GIF to your device the same way we were doing with the website, but the website method is a safer way as that way you won’t be installing any apps on your smartphone which can be potentially dangerous. Although Google and Apple, have app protection, you will still be getting ads anyway.
For Android users, they can download the tweet2GIF app that performs similar to what EZGIF’s video to GIF converter does, the only difference is EZGIF uses a web app or the website, while this one is a full-fledged app. However, on the downside, the app provides GIFs converted to lower quality, but overall it gets the job done.
On the upside, you only need to click the convert button once to get your GIF from Twitter, unlike the website where you first need to convert and then download it to your device. Since we are using an app to save the GIf to our device, the overall process is a bit easier, since the UI of the app is easy to use, and downloading the GIF is a bit easier. Apart from a lowered down the quality of GIF, there isn’t any other issue found in using the app to save the GIFs from Twitter., so overall it’s a good and reliable app that can be used to save GIFs.
- First, you need to click on the GIF which is inside the tweet, which will lead to opening the GIF in full screen.
- Now, tap the share button at the bottom.
- From the share sheet menu, click on the copy link button to copy the link of that particular GIF.
- Now, head to the Tweet2GIF app on Play Store. Install the app and then open it.
- Inside the app, paste the Twitter GIF link which you just copied inside the URL box.
- Find the Download GIF button to save a copy to your smartphone.
On the other hand, if you are an iOS user and wants to have the GIF from Twitter, then you will have to use a different app. For iOS users, download the GIFwrapped, it is a reliable GIF search engine that also supports conversion and saving the GIFs to the device.
- As usual, first, we will start by copying the link of that particular GIF from Twitter.
- Pate that lunk to the GIFwrapped’s Use the Clipboard feature.
- Now, save the GIF to your library.
- From here you can post or share the GIF to any app by using the built-in share feature of GIFwrapped.
One thing which is good about this GIFwrapped app is that all of the GIFs saved will be saved inside the library of this app only, and it will not clutter your gallery or any other app. So it will be easier to locate and find your GIFs and will be readily available to share anywhere.
So now you have multiple different methods through which you can save GIFs from Twitter to your computer desktop, or a smartphone device regardless of the platform we have provided for both iOS and Android. With this, you will be able to share GIFs anywhere on any other social media app as well. Surely Twitter has the best GIFs, but now we can use it in any other app as well is just a bonus. It is very stupid of Twitter that it doesn’t allow users to save GIFS, but now we have found a way to do it, so we don’t need any support from Twitter, for now, surely, if they add the save button, that would be incredibly handy, but for now, we can use the above-mentioned methods to save the GIFs on our devices from Twitter.