How to Search and Send GIFs with Messages in iOS 10

Search and Send GIFS in Messages for iOS

The new Messages app in iOS 10 includes an animated GIF search feature which allows you to search for and send GIFs to any recipient, whether they have an iPhone with iMessage or not.

Embedded GIF search is just one of the many new fun and quirky Message features included in the latest versions of iOS, alongside stickers, apps, handwriting, and effects. With the image and GIF search feature, you can find animated GIFs and send them directly in Messages app, without having to leave the app and without having to locate a GIF elsewhere to send using the copy and paste method (which still works, of course). It’s all built into Messages, let’s walk through how it works.

How to Search & Send GIFs in Messages for iOS 10

  1. Open the Messages app and open any message conversation, or start a new one
  2. Tap the arrow “>” button next to the text entry section to reveal additional messaging options
    Show the search gif option
  3. Tap the “A” button to access the message apps, stickers, and gifs
    Tap on the A button to access GIF search in messages
  4. Now tap on the four square bubble icon in the corner
    Tap the four bubble squares button
  5. Tap on the “#images” red magnifying glass button, this is the gif image search
    Search and send GIFs in messages for iOS
  6. Now tap into the search box where it says “Find images and videos” and type the GIF type you’d like to search for
    Tap into the search gif box in messages
  7. Navigate through the searched GIFs and tap on one to insert it into the message
    Tap to select a gif to send
  8. Send the inserted GIF as usual, or include a message with it if desired
    Sending an animated GIF in messages through GIF search feature

Now you have sent animated gifs easily, without ever leaving Messages app. The GIFS are embedded into the chat window like any other message or picture, but unlike stickers they aren’t glued onto a message to obstruct it.

Sending gifs in messages

Sending and receiving animated GIFs in your messages can be really fun or completely obnoxious, try it out yourself and see how it works. Like the other new Messages app features, there’s no way to opt-out or disable the gif search ability, so embrace it instead.

Seriously animated GIFs in messages

The native Messages gif search feature requires a new version of iOS, meaning version 10.0 or later. If you’re not on a new iPhone or iPad and you don’t have the latest versions of iOS on your device, you can still receive GIFs from people who are sending them this way, and you can still send animated gifs yourself by using copy and paste as described here.

Wow gifs in iOS Messages

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