The best GIF making apps

Posted by Jennifer Allen on November 28th, 2015

Animated GIFs have exploded in popularity recently which is likely thanks to a combination of Tumblr, our shorter attention spans, and the simple fact they’re a lot of fun.

Here are four apps that make the process so much simpler from your iPhone or iPad.

The best

GIPHY Cam. The GIF Creator

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2015-08-20 :: Category: Game


Giphy is a fantastic resource for GIFs, second only to Tumblr, so it makes sense that its own app is the best for making GIFs while on the move.

Simply press and hold a button to record a GIF on a loop, before adding one of 40 overlays and effects to the resulting creation.

It all only takes a matter of seconds and you can easily share the GIFs to your social networks.

Honorable Mentions

5SecondsApp - Animated GIFs

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2012-09-05 :: Category: Game


While it doesn’t offer quite as many wacky filters as Giphy Cam, 5SecondsApp makes up for it with its extensive options for creating your own GIFs and the ease at which you can find other people’s creations.

You can add text and stickers to your GIFs before easily sharing them with the community or to other social networks, including the all important Tumblr.

GIF X - Best GIF Video Maker

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2015-01-07 :: Category: Game


Offering over 200 effects, Gifx is certainly varied but it's not very stylish.

You can easily include one of over 75 masks to customize your GIFs, before opting to save it as a GIF or movie file.

The ability to layer on styles means that every creation looks different from the last too and it's quick to use.

Live GIF - For Live Photo Share as GIF and Movie

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2015-11-18 :: Category: Game


Live GIF will only work if you have an iPhone 6 or 6s, but it’s an essential purchase if you do.

It converts your live photos into GIFs, doing all the hard work for you.

There’s no sign up process and no complicated options. Live GIF just works and it does it all with flair.

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