Facebook has in the past avoided the use of GIFs on its social network, fearing that along with its autoplaying video the News Feed would become overly cluttered. But Facebook users love a meme, and memes and GIFs go hand in hand.
GIFs are about to get even more popular too, now that they can easily be created within iOS 11 as well as on top-end smartphones such as the Galaxy S8. These can be posted on Facebook simply by clicking the Share icon on your phone, provided you have the Facebook app installed of course.
Uploading a GIF to Facebook is simple, although you can't simply attach a GIF to your post as you would do a photo or other image. Below we show you step-by-step how to start using animated images on Facebook.
What is a GIF?
A GIF is a type of image file, like a JPG. However, unlike most other image types, GIFs can be short animated images that play in a loop. In comparison to a video, GIFs are much smaller files that are more suitable for viewing over slow internet or mobile connections. They're faster to upload, too.
How do I post a GIF to Facebook?
As you can't upload your own GIF files to Facebook, you'll need to upload your home-made files to a cloud storage service that allows direct linking, Or you can just find a pre-made GIF on a site such as Tumblr, Imgur, Giphy or elsewhere.
Typically, you'll need to right-click on the animated GIF and choose Copy Link Address, or similar. Some sites - including Giphy - have a link icon which you can click that copies it straight to the clipboard.
In Google Chrome select the option to ‘Copy Image URL’. If you're using Firefox, instead look for and select 'Copy Image Location'. In Opera you want 'Copy Image Address'. Other browsers will have slightly different options, but in all cases you're looking for an option that allows you to copy the URL that takes you directly to the GIF.
Now go to your Facebook news feed and paste the link into the 'What's on your mind?' status field at the top of the page. You can use Ctrl-V on your keyboard, or right-click in the box and select Paste.
Give it a second and the GIF will automatically appear below the URL. You can delete this URL for neatness (the GIF will remain there), and maybe type a message so your friends know why you've posted the GIF. It's all up to you.
Once you're done, click the Post button - it's that easy!