How To... post gifs on Facebook

3 June 2015

Bitterwallet - Facebook logoYou may have noticed that, recently, your Facebook News Feed has had a number of animated gifs on it. That's exciting, for those who like to embed a reaction shot to every single bloody thing they ever say.

"We built support for animated GIFs to help people express themselves in fun new ways on Facebook. Like many features that we release on Facebook, we want to ensure that this drives a great experience for people first before rolling it out more widely. While Pages cannot currently post GIFs, we are exploring ways to enable this in the future," said Facebook in a statement.

However, not everyone knows how to do it and have been scratching their heads about it all. Well, we're here to help.

To post animated GIFs to the News Feed, you need to paste a link to one in the status update box, rather than upload it like a photograph. It looks like it doesn't work through the mobile app properly, so for the time being, it'll be a desktop-only affair.

If you've turned off your Auto-play settings, then you might not see them in action, but if they are on, they'll play automatically.

Go to Settings, hit Videos, then Auto-Play Videos. If you're on mobile, then go to Settings, then Videos and Photos, and you'll know what to do from there.

So, in short, upload a link to gif - like you're uploading a YouTube video - in your status box, and you should be away. If you want to make your own gif from a YouTube video, then GifMaker is a good site to use.

We suspect that, at some point, Facebook will get around to sorting it out, so that you can upload gifs like photos, but until then, this is what you need to do.

TOPICS:   Social Media   How To Guides

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