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How to create your own GIFs on Twitter

The Twitter Inc. logo is displayed on the facade of the company's headquarters in San Francisco, California, U.S., on Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013. Twitter Inc. surged 85 percent in its trading debut, as investors paid a premium for its promises of fast growth. Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Twitter started off as a platform where you could send tweets only as text but it has evolved a lot in all these years. It now supports sending tweets using images, videos, and even GIFs. All these media formats help your tweets become more expressive, especially those GIFs. One can choose from a vast catalog of GIFs through its Giphy integration but what if you wanted to create your own GIF? The good news is you can actually do that.

Just a couple of months ago, Twitter added support for custom GIF creation. It adds a personal touch to your tweets and lets you have GIFs that are completely unique. The best part is that you do not need to install any extra app to do so. The support is available via the main Twitter app and through the in-app camera. The only thing to keep in mind is that it is currently limited to iOS but should become available for Android devices in the near future.

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Create your own GIFs on Twitter:

  1. Launch the Twitter app on your device.
  2. Tap the Compose Tweet button in the bottom right corner.
  3. In the compose area, tap the camera icon to open the in-app camera interface.
  4. It will open the camera viewfinder with the GIF option at the bottom. If it’s not set to GIF by default, you can swipe across to choose the option.
  5. Tap the recording button and it will start recording a short clip.
  6. The recorded GIF will be previewed with Retake and Use GIF options.
  7. You can also see single and double arrow icons at the top. The single arrow icon is for playing the GIF only in the forward direction and the double arrow is for playing the GIF in both forward and backward directions.
  8. Once you would like to tweet the GIF, simply tap the Use GIF button otherwise, tap Retake to re-record.

This is how you can create custom GIFs on Twitter easily. Twitter automatically saves all custom-made GIFs to your device’s gallery but only if you tweet them. It means you can then choose to share these GIFs on other social media and instant messaging platforms.

Ajit Singh
Ajit is a freelance tech reporter who loves everything tech but has a soft corner for Android. He started his stint in tech journalism in 2015 and has previously worked with publications like Digit India and Android Headlines. You can also find his work on MySmartPrice.

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