Le Animated GIF they are used every day by hundreds of millions of users around the world. Many people love to use them to express their mood, others to embellish their Facebook page, still others to make their chats and online messages more fun. In short, the scenarios for using these animated images are truly endless, but despite this, not everyone is clear on how to make the most of them.
As evidence of what has just been said, every day I receive hundreds of messages from readers asking me how to save GIF locally so that they can be reused on social networks, forums and other online contexts. How do you say? Are you part of these too? Then know that you've come to the right place at the right time!
If you are also not sure how to download a GIF on your computer or smartphone, take five minutes of free time and follow the instructions I am about to give you. In fact, in the next paragraphs, in addition to listing the main services that allow you to easily download GIFs from the Internet, I will show you how to use them best. I assure you that this is really a breeze. Happy reading and have fun!
How to Save GIF to Computer
If you are going to save GIF to computer, you absolutely must try the online services and software that you find listed below. They are all free and extremely simple to use.
The first service I recommend you try is GIPHY, one of the most popular search engines for users who like to download images in GIF format. Its user friendly interface and its immense database of images, in fact, make it one of the best solutions on the market.
To use GIPHY, connect to its home page and start your search for GIFs starting from the section Trending GIFs which collects the most popular animated images of the moment, or uses the GIPHY search engine by clicking on Search all the GIFs and, after typing the keyword in the search bar, press the key Submit on the keyboard or click onicon of the lens of ingrandimento.
As soon as you've found the GIF you like best, select hers previewclick on your bottone Media, copy the link displayed in the field source and visit it in your browser to view the original image; then right click on it and download it as you would any other image.
Did you see how easy it was to use GIPHY? I'm sure that thanks to this service you will always be able to find the right GIF for every circumstance!
Make A Gif
Make A Gif is another useful service that allows you to download GIFs in just a few clicks. Compared to GIPHY, it offers some additional features that allow you to create GIFs by recording a video with your computer's webcam, using your own photos or starting from a YouTube video. Among the most appreciable features of Make A Gif is the order that reigns in every single page of the service: all the GIFs are organized into specific categories that make it easier to search for content.
I intrigued you and now would you like to try Make A Gif? Well, then connect to the main page of the service and search for a GIF using the appropriate one search bar located at the top. Alternatively, click on the option Browse Gif and search for an image among the many categories available: Gifs actions, cartoon Gifs, celebrity Gifs, sport Gifs, etc.
As soon as you have identified the image you want to download, click on it and choose the format in which you want to save it using one of the two buttons in the lower right corner: MP4 to download the image in MP4 format or GIF to save the image in GIF format. Then click onarrow icon pointing down and the GIF download will start automatically.
Using Make a GIF wasn't that complicated either, was it? I am sure that using this service you will find a lot of funny GIFs. Please, make good use of it!
Another service that I recommend you to try for save GIF animated on your computer is Google Images. The most used search engine on the planet offers users the ability to easily search and save animated images thanks to a filter that, when used correctly, allows you to easily find nice GIFs.
To use Google Images, connected to the home page of the service, type the term related to the GIF you want to find in Campo di Ricerca located in the center of the screen and press the button Submit on your PC keyboard or click onicon of the lens of ingrandimento to start the search.
On the page that opens, you will see lots of images that match the search you made, but none of them will be an animated GIF. To view and save animated GIFs with Google Images, a special filter must be set. Then click on the item Means (the option is located a little below the search bar) and, in the menu that opens, set the Type of images to search on Animate. This will only display images in GIF format.
As you can see, the images in the search results will look like very common “static” images. Don't be fooled by appearances though! In fact, just click on every single image and the animation will be displayed instantly.
As soon as you have located the GIF you like best, select it and click on the button View Image. The image you have chosen will open in full size in a new tab of your browser. At this point, click with the right key mouse on the GIF and, in the menu that appears, click on the option Save the image as to save the image to your computer.
JDownloader (Windows / Mac / Linux)
If you want to download multiple GIFs in series to your computer, I recommend you try JDownloader: a free download manager that, as you may already know, allows you to capture multimedia content that is embedded (or even just linked) in any web page.
To download JDownloader, which I remind you to be available for Windows, macOS and Linux, access the official website of the program and click on the option related to your operating system. If you use a Windows PC, for example, you have to click on the item Windows and then on the options Download 32/64Bit Webinstaller (Rar-Archive RECOMMENDED), Click to start the Download e Download with your browser to download the program through the MEGA service (which needs the Chrome browser to be used). If you need to download the program on a Mac, click on the item Poppy and then on the options Download Installer Mac OS X Version 10.7 or higher e Download with your browser.
As soon as the download is completed, open the RAR archive that contains the JDownloader installation package (if you don't know how to open RAR files, read my tutorial dedicated to the topic), start the latter and first click on voice Next and then Accept e Skip all to complete the setup without installing additional promotional content. For more information on how to install and configure JDownloader in Italian, I invite you to read the guide I have prepared in this regard.
When you have finished downloading and configuring JDownloader on your computer, start the program, then open the browser and copy the address of the page that contains the GIFs of your interest. JDownloader should "capture" the link automatically and report it to you via a box notifies displayed in the upper right corner of the screen.
At this point, recati nella scheda Capture Links of JDownloader and select the files you want to download using the combination Ctrl + Click on Windows or cmd + click on macOS. Then right click on any of the GIFs you intend to download and select the item Start download from the menu that appears in order to start downloading the files of your interest.
If you want to find GIF format files easily in JDownloader captured media list, type “gif” in the search field located at the bottom of the JDownloader window. If, on the other hand, after copying a link to the clipboard JDownloader fails to capture the address, proceed as follows: go to the tab Capture Links of JDownloader, click the button Add new web links located at the bottom left, paste the link to be processed in the window that opens and presses the button Continue to allow JDownloader to analyze the address and "capture" all the multimedia files present in it.
If JDownloader does not fully satisfy you, you can try browser extensions such as DownThemAll for Firefox and Chrono Download Manager for Chrome that allow you to "capture" the multimedia elements on the Web pages and download them in series.
App to Save GIFs
Are you going to save GIF on your smartphone or tablet but you have no idea which applications to use? Don't worry, even in this case I have some interesting solutions to offer you.
GIPHY is the official application of the homonymous service that I told you about in the previous paragraphs. Searching and downloading GIFs using this free app is really simple thanks to the order that characterizes every single element of its interface.
After completing the download of GIPHY on your Android or iOS device (the app is optimized for iPhone only), start the app by pressing the button apri or by tapping on its icon located on the home screen and scroll the home screen to view the most popular GIFs of the moment. To search for a GIF using the GIPHY search engine, instead, tap on search bar and write with the keyboard the keywords related to the image you want to download.
After identifying the GIF you like best, press on it to view a preview and, in the screen that opens, tap on the symbol (...) to open the submenu thanks to which you can finally download the GIF. At this point, press onarrow icon and confirm the intention to save the GIF on your device by tapping on Yes (if you have an Android smartphone) or on Save Image (if there is an iPhone).
GIF Keyboard by Tenor (Android/iOS)
Another app that allows you to save GIFs on your smartphone or tablet is GIF Keyboard by Tenor, a free solution available for Android and iOS thanks to which you can send nice pictures to your contacts using the keyboard directly. The app is compatible with the main instant messaging services - iMessage, Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, Telegram, etc. - and this makes it particularly interesting.
After downloading GIF Keyboard by Tenor on your device, open the app, press the option Next and give your consent to allow Tenor to have access to your device. After doing this, choose one of the GIFs available in the section Trending GIFs of the app (which contains the most popular images of the moment) or, if you prefer, use the search bar to look for one in particular.
After identifying the GIF you like best, press on it and, in the screen that opens, tap on its preview. In the menu that opens, click on the button Save to gallery (Android) or button Save (iOS) to save the GIF to your device. If, on the other hand, you want to share the image with your friends, press thesocial network icon any.
To use the contents offered by the GIF Keyboard by Tenor app directly from the keyboard of your device, you must first enable the keyboard by going to the settings of your smartphone or tablet.
If you have an Android device, the procedure you need to follow is the following: open the app Settings (the icon with the gears), tap on the item Language and keyboard and, in the menu that opens, tap on the options Current keyboard> Select more. At this point, move up ON l'interruttore situato accanto alla voce Tenor GIF Keyboard and, finally, presses on the voice again Current keyboard and put the check mark next to Tenor GIF Keyboard.
If you have an iOS device available, however, you must follow the following procedure: open the app Settings (the gear icon), tap on the options General> Keyboard> Keyboards and, in the menu that opens, presses on Add new keyboard ... e fai tap sull'opzione GIF Keyboard in the box that appears. After that, tap on the option again GIF Keyboard and, in the screen that opens, move up ON the switch lever located next to the item Allow full access.
As soon as you have performed the preliminary operations I have indicated above, open any instant messaging app and use the GIFs included in GIF Keyboard by Tenor to make your chats more "fun".
Save GIFs from WhatsApp and Telegram
Did you know that GIFs can also be saved from some instant messaging apps like WhatsApp and Telegram? No? Let me explain how it is possible to do this.
If you want to download GIFs from WhatsApp using an Android smartphone, start the app of the famous “green chat” and select the discussion that contains the GIF of your interest. Then tap the image twice consecutively, in order to enlarge it, press the button (...) located at the top right and select the option Share give the menu to compare.
At this point, select the app in which you want to save the GIF (eg. dropbox, Google Drive o Google Photos), confirm and that's it. The GIF will be saved as a movie in MP4 format. Unfortunately, this is a WhatsApp limitation that cannot be overcome at the moment.
GIFs sent or received on WhatsApp are all saved in the folder WhatsApp > Media > WhatsApp Animated of the device. However, these are always files in MP4 format, therefore short videos and not real animated GIFs. If you want to find out how to create animated GIFs from video, read the tutorial I dedicated to the topic.
If you want to save a GIF using WhatsApp for iOS, instead, start playing the GIF in WhatsApp, tap the GIF again to enlarge it, press theshare icon e scegli l'opzione Save on the menu if you press.
The image will be saved in the iOS Camera Roll in GIF format. In the Photos app it will appear static, but by sharing it in other apps, it will regain its nature as an animated GIF.
If, on the other hand, you want to download the GIFs sent and / or received with Telegram, you must follow this simple procedure which is valid for users with an Android device: open the chat where the GIF you are interested in is located, press on the icon (...) in the upper right corner of the GIF and, in the menu that opens, tap on the option Save to GIFs.
The procedure to follow on iOS to save a GIF from Telegram is just as simple. After identifying the chat containing the GIF you want to save, make a long tap on the GIF and, in the menu that opens, press on the option Other.
Then he presses onshare icon located in the lower center, select the option Save video from the menu that opens and that's it. The GIF will be saved in the iOS roll as an MP4 file.
Motion Stills (Android/iOS)
Besides downloading GIFs from the internet, would you like to create new ones using your personal videos? If so, I recommend you give it a try Motion Stills, a free solution made available by Google that allows you to create GIFs starting from the contents in your gallery or from images captured in real time with the camera of your smartphone or tablet.
After downloading Motion Stills on your Android or iOS device (at the time of writing the app is only compatible with iPhone, not iPad) open the application and, on the home screen, press the icon of the circle to capture the images you will need to create your custom GIF. As soon as the recording is finished, at the bottom of the screen you will find the preview of the video you just shot accompanied by a white arrow pointing upwards. To access the editor that will allow you to create your GIF, press the white arrow and tap on the moving image.
To finish creating the GIF, tap onarrow icon pointing to the right and, in the menu that allows you to save and share GIFs, choose whether to export the GIF to your device's gallery or press the icon of one of the social networks available to share it with your friends.
If you have a latest generation iPhone, you can use Motion Stills to turn live photos into animated GIFs. To use this feature, start the application, select the live photo you want to turn into GIF and tap onarrow icon located at the bottom left to export the GIF to your device or to share it on social networks. If you wish, you can activate a "boomerang" effect by tapping on the ▶ ︎ ◀ ︎ icon located at the bottom right and you can also add text by pressing the icon "T".
If you want to know what other apps to create GIFs you can install on your device, read the in-depth study I have prepared on this subject. I am sure you will find it very useful.