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How to save a GIF from Twitter

Twitter is a site overflowing with GIFs, making it a little baffling the company would make it so hard for users to save them. 

If you’re looking to share a GIF with other Twitter users, the app’s Tweet GIF feature allows you to post your own Tweet with the GIF. However, downloading them to share on iMessage, WhatsApp, Facebook and other apps and websites is a little trickier. 

Thankfully, a handful of third-party websites and apps have some to the rescue. Follow the steps below to learn how to download and edit GIFs from Twitter. 

How to save a gif from Twitter 

GIFs have been a thing on Twitter for almost a decade, so you’d be forgiven for thinking the app would have introduced a way to save them by now. 

Sadly, Twitter hasn’t gotten around to adding the feature, so you’ll need to call on the help of third-party websites if you want to download GIFs to your desktop or phone. While there are a handful of apps that make it possible to download GIFs from the mobile app in one process, you’ll actually need to use two different free sites to do the same on your desktop. 

Thankfully, it’s still a pretty quick process – and it introduces some handy customisation features on the way! 

What’ll you’ll need: 

The Short Version: 

  1. Find the GIF you want to save on Twitter and copy the link
  2. Paste the link into Twitter Video Downloader and save it as a video 
  3. Head to EZGIF to upload the video 
  4. Make adjustments you want to make to the video 
  5. Save it as a GIF 

How to save a GIF from Twitter

  1. Step
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    Find the GIF you want to save on Twitter

    How to save GIFs from Twitter

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    Click the Share icon below the tweet

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    Head over to Twitter Video Downloader

    How to save GIFs from Twitter

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    Click Ctrl and V to paste the tweet into the white box

    How to save GIFs from Twitter

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    Click Download to generate a video

    How to save GIFs from Twitter

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    Right click Download Video

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    Name your file and select a location

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    Click Save to save it as a video

    You can keep it as it is or follow the steps below to convert it back into a GIF to share it that way
    How to save GIFs from Twitter

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    Next head to EZGIF’s video to GIF converter

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    Click Choose File

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    Select your video file

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    Click Open

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    Make adjustments

    Here you can make any adjustments to your GIF, such as cropping, rotating or adding subtitles. You can skip this step if you don’t have any changes to make
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    Scroll down and click Convert to GIF

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    Scroll down again and right click Save

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    Name your GIF and select a location

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    Click Save to save your GIF

    You should now be able to find your GIF on your desktop, in your downloads or wherever you chose to save it!
    How to save GIFs from Twitter

Troubleshooting

Can I save a GIF from Twitter in the app? 

There is currently no direct way to save a GIF within the Twitter app. 

How do I save a GIF from Twitter on my phone?

Like the sites above, third-party mobile apps exist that make it possible to download GIFs from your phone. Popular examples for iOS and Android include GIFwrapped and Tweet2GIF.

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