How to Save a GIF from Twitter

Something you’ll see more than anywhere else on Twitter are comment GIFs, or GIFs used to reply to other posts and comments without typing words. Twitter has a full-featured GIF search engine that makes it easy to find the right GIF to send, either in a direct message or in a reply tweet to someone else in your feed, with simple categorical suggestions like Agree, Applause, High Five and many more.

As you would expect, you will no doubt see a million GIFs on the platform you like. Unfortunately, keeping those Twitter GIFs on your computer or phone is more challenging than it should be. Right-clicking on the desktop site will bring up the option to copy the GIF URL, but that’s all you get!

Why does Twitter make it so difficult to download and save GIFs for offline use? Is it even possible to save Twitter GIFs to your computer or smartphone? The answer is no, but you can still get your GIF image or download it as an mp4 video and keep it that way. Here’s how to download animated GIF images from Twitter.

Remark: Remember, this is for animated GIFs on Twitter, not real videos. There is GIF in the lower left corner of the still image if you haven’t played yet.

Twitter GIFs are not real GIFs

Why can’t you save Twitter GIFs as an image file on your computer or smartphone, just like you would a GIF on another website? The answer may not seem obvious at first glance, but any media that is not a still photo on Twitter cannot be downloaded.

Instead, you may notice that GIFs on Twitter use an interface similar to a video platform, but they lack the play bar at the bottom of the screen. That’s the real reason you can’t save your Twitter GIFs to your computer: they’re not GIFs at all. Instead, they are small video files in which the animated GIF has been converted to a proprietary format by Twitter to be more efficient and provide a smoother Twitter experience. On the other hand, you can also convert videos to post on Twitter.

So, what does that mean for downloading Twitter GIFs? The answer is to use some third-party tools. While it’s not as simple as right-clicking an image and saving it to your computer, it’s still a simple process. Let’s see.

Saving a Twitter GIF on Mac

The easiest way to save a Twitter GIF is via a Mac. Here’s How!

  1. Open the “tweet” on your Mac that contains the GIF you want to copy. You can use a post’s feed, specific comments page, or the person’s reply page directly.
  2. Click with two fingers on the “poison”, then select “Copy gif address.”
  3. Click on the “+” icon to the right of current tabs at the top to open a new tab.
  4. Go to “https://twdownload.com/,” paste the copied “Twitter GIF” link in the “video URL box,” and then click the “To download” knob.
  5. On the new page, do a “two finger tap” (ignoring the right click) on “Download link,” then select Save link as…
  6. Name your file in the “Save as:” and select the download location in the “Where:” box and then click “Save.”
  7. Confirm your download was successful.
  8. Go to “https://ezgif.com/” and make sure you are on the “Video to GIF” tab, then select the “Video to GIF” secondary tab.
  9. click on “To leaf through” to search for the file you just downloaded.
  10. Select the downloaded video and click “Open” to add it to EZGIF.COM.
  11. Click on the “Upload video!” button to convert your mp4 back to GIF format.

Keep in mind that reposting the GIF to Twitter will convert the GIF back to Twitter’s hybrid format, as with any animated GIF file.

Note: The reason you can’t use EZGIF alone is that their “Video to GIF (Main Tab) -> Video to GIF (Second Tab)” page shows errors or does nothing when pasting the Twitter link. What used to work doesn’t work anymore. Therefore, you need to return to EZGIF to convert your mp4 to a GIF.

If, for whatever reason, you can’t get EZGIF to work on your device at all, don’t worry.

There are plenty of sites on the web that can convert Twitter GIFs, including:

Saving a Twitter GIF on Windows

Saving Twitter GIFs on Windows is very similar to Mac in that it uses a browser.

  1. Start the browser of your choice, open “Twitter”, and browse to the GIF image you want to download.
  2. Right click on the GIF and select “Copy gif address.”
  3. Open a new tab and go to “https://twdownload.com/” and paste the copied GIF link URL into the “video URL box.” Select “To download” when done.
  4. A new page will open. Right click “Download link,” then choose “Save link as…”
  5. Name your file or use the preselected name, then choose “Save.”
  6. Confirm that the download was successful.
  7. Go to “https://ezgif.com/” and click on the “Video to GIF” clutch.
  8. Confirm that you are on the “Video to GIF” tab and the secondary “Video to GIF” tab.
  9. click on “Choose File.”
  10. Scroll and select the “downloaded mp4 media file” (originally was the Twitter GIF), then click “Open.”
  11. Select “Upload video!” to start the conversion process from mp4 back to GIF format.

Save a GIF to your phone

Unfortunately, saving a Twitter GIF to your smartphone is more complicated than downloading it to your computer, thanks in large part to the limitations of mobile operating systems. Still, some people rely on their smartphone for everything, and even Twitter is a better experience when you have it in the palm of your hand. We use the Twitter app for Android, combined with some other applications, to unlock the GIF download on your device. Let’s see.

Save Twitter GIFs with your mobile browser

By far the most natural solution is just copying the GIF, just like the method we described above. Copying the video address within the Twitter app isn’t difficult, and EZGIF has a mobile site that makes saving the GIF to your phone just as easy.

  1. Start by finding the GIF you want to save on your device.
  2. Click on the tweet (not the image) and it will automatically open on a new page.
  3. Click on the “part” icon below the image.
  4. Select “Copy link.”
  5. Now it’s time to convert your Twitter image to an mp4. With the link copied, open your mobile browser and go to “https://twdownload.com.”
  6. Paste the copied URL into the “download box” and tap the “arrow down” (download icon). Your file will be an mp4 video.
  7. On the same website, scroll down to see your converted video (GIF to mp4) on the screen. Tap the “Download link” knob.
  8. The mp4 will appear in a browser window. press the “Play” icon to view it if you want, then tap the “vertical ellipse” (three vertical dots) menu in the mp4, not the browser ellipsis.
  9. Choose “Download” from the options.
  10. Your mp4 should now appear in the “Downloads” folder on your Android device. Check if it has been downloaded.
  11. Now it’s time to convert the mp4 to an animated GIF. Open your mobile browser or a new tab and go to “EZGIF.com.” Tap one of the two “Video to GIF” links.
  12. Scroll down the page and tap “Choose File.”
  13. In the “Choose an action” section that appears at the bottom, select: “Files.”
  14. Locate and select your mp4 in the file browser that appears. The file browser should open to your “Recent” section, or you can browse to “To download.”
  15. The screen returns to the “Video to GIF Converter” page with the “Upload Video File” section, but now your file is displayed. Tap the “Upload video!” button at the bottom of the screen.
  16. Scroll up on the newly loaded page to find your mp4 data and a sample. Tap on “Convert to GIF!” to start the conversion process.
  17. Scroll down the page to the “Output GIF:” section. View the conversion results and tap the “save” to download your new animated GIF.
  18. Your animated Twitter image is now an animated GIF. Confirm it is saved on your Andrid device using a file browser. Feel free to rename the file.

The second solution: use dedicated apps for iOS and Android

In addition to the mobile site for EZGIF, there are several non-website apps that you can install on iOS or Android to accomplish the same thing. The apps support the ability to download the content and save it to your device instead of saving it from the web browser, but using a web page is safer. Still, there are tested and approved applications, should you prefer a dedicated app that does the same job. Just be prepared for ads!

For Android, Tweet2GIF is an app that performs similarly to EZGIF’s Video-to-GIF web app, but works as a dedicated application. One downside of the app is the lower quality conversion, but it works great overall!

You only need to click the Convert button once to access your GIF, not convert it and then download it. Second, because it happens within the app interface, the GIFs are easier to download and save than they would otherwise be. We did find the GIFs to be of a slightly lower quality than we would otherwise want from the platform, but it’s still a reliable app.

  1. Click the GIF in the accompanying tweet to open it in full screen.
  2. Press “Part” button at the bottom
  3. Select “Copy link.”
  4. Visit Tweet2GIF from the Play Store.
  5. Install and launch the app.
  6. Paste the Twitter GIF link you copied in steps 1-3 above.
  7. Click on the “Download GIF” button to save a copy on your smartphone.

For iOS, you’ll want to use GIFwrapped, a reliable GIF search engine on iOS that also offers the ability to convert Twitter GIFs into shareable GIFs.

  1. Copy the link and paste it into GIFwrapped’s”Use the clipboard” feature.
  2. Save the GIF to your library.
  3. Post or share the GIF to any app using GIFwrapped’s built-in sharing feature.

Since GIFwrapped keeps its library within the application, it’s easy to keep things locked and make them readily available!

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With your just downloaded and saved GIF from the clutches of Twitter, you can place and share the animated image file wherever you want! GIFs are an essential part of the online world and help pages load faster than actual media files. Whether you are using a dedicated application or downloading content through EZGIF or any other viable online source, it is essential to save the GIFs for future reference. It’s also silly that Twitter keeps their GIFs in a video-like state, but luckily they can be converted and saved for the rest of us.

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