In the past, when you wanted to convey a succinct but clear message in the form of a GIF, you had to rely on an existing GIF from the huge realm that is the internet, but creating your own GIFs was not an option without complex editing software. That is no longer the case, and there is now an app that allows you to do exactly that.

What is a GIF?

The acronym GIF is short for Graphics Interchange Format, and it is used for sending images, and especially moving images, over the internet. For example, this image was one of 2017’s most famous GIFs. Does it look familiar?

It’s called “White guy blinks” and was, and is still used all over the internet to convey a feeling of pure stupefaction.

If you’d like to create your own GIFs directly from your phone, you’ll be glad to hear about GIPHY. GIPHY is an app that allows users to create their own GIFs from photos and videos on their phone. The interface is very simple and easy to understand.

First, you will be prompted to select a photo or video from your phone’s library, after which a scrubber will appear at the bottom of the screen to shorten or lengthen the clip in question. After doing this, GIPHY will provide you with additional cartoon animation options, filters and frames that can be added to your video. When you’re done, GIPHY will create your GIF and give you the option to share or save it.

If you feel like the current selection of emojis just doesn’t come close to the wide range of emotions that you’d like to convey, GIPHY might be for you! Download it for iOS or Android.

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