When we don’t know what words to say, we can always rely on stickers and GIFs. We live in a time when texting goes beyond words. Because there are things we can say best by sending GIFs. Good thing that it’s now very easy to search, use and send GIFs for texting on Android.
GIF is short for graphic interchange format. We see them everywhere: on social media, websites, messages, etc. They are moving images, whether animated, a clip from a movie, and whatnot, which play in a loop (that usually just lasts a few seconds). They are now widely used as comments or reactions on social media and messages.
These animated GIFs are now so easy to get. The best way to get and use them on Android is to download GIF keyboard and instant messaging apps from Google Play. Using these apps, you can search and send GIFs, and even create your own.
Below are some of the best GIFs for texting on Android.
5 Best GIF Keyboard Apps for Android
Here are the best keyboard apps for finding, creating and sending GIFs.
1. GIF Keyboard by Tenor
GIF Keyboard by Tenor makes sending and sharing GIFs super easy. You can do it conveniently directly from your keyboard. Tenor has a library of millions of GIFs and videos to choose from. Just type a keyword and search the right GIF for the right moment or the right conversation.
Whether you just want to post a reaction, a comment, a joke or to express an emotion, you can do it using Tenor. With just a tap, you can send and share animated GIFs, videos and emojis in Messenger and others.
- Millions of available GIFs and videos
- Browse by category
- Collect your favorite GIFs
- Send via Messenger
If there’s an app or website that has become synonymous with GIF, that would be no other than GIPHY. This app is basically a search engine for GIFs. Here, you can find the largest library of GIF, including the latest and the trending. It even allows you to create your personalize GIF.
With GIPHY, you can explore from your favorite TV shows, movies, sports highlights and others. When you install this app, it lets you text GIFs to your friends, and share them on social media or send them through Messenger, WhatsApp and other messaging apps.
- Explore GIFs from movies and sports highlights
- A large collection of animated GIFs
- Share and save GIFs for texting
- Send and share via Messenger, WhatsApp, Email, Pinterest, Instagram and others
- Animated stickers are also available
Gboard is the popular Google keyboard. It’s a great alternative to your built-in keyboard. Designed for speed, reliability and ease, this app allows you to search and send messages, videos, GIFs and more without switching apps. You can practically send anything directly from this keyboard.
While it’s known for its typing features (glide typing and voice typing), it is also lauded for its handwriting, emoji and GIF features. You can easily search and find the right emoji and GIF, and share them for the perfect comment or reaction.
- Search and send GIFs
- Emoji search
- Glide typing and voice typing
- Multilingual typing and Google translate
4. SwiftKey Keyboard
SwiftKey Keyboard is more than just for GIFs. It’s one of the most trusted and feature-rich keyboard apps. Designed for productivity, this keyboard learns and adapts to your writing and typing style. It understands how you interact and knows the emojis, slang, words, reactions, nicknames and comments that you usually use.
With its emoji keyboard, you can easily search and then send the right stickers, emojis and GIFs for texting.
- Built-in emoji keyboard
- Browse and send GIFs
- Custom keyboard
- Multilingual keyboard
Fleksy is designed for faster and predictive texting. With its Flesky next AI, the app recommends words, stickers, GIFs and emojis while you’re typing. It also has an advanced autocorrection feature.
This app has an emoji and GIF keyboard, which allows you to easily access its large collection of GIFs, stickers and emojis. It’s a faster and more convenient way of sending GIFs on Android.
- Access to a large compilation of GIFs and stickers
- Easy access and use of emojis
- Access to hundreds of themes
- Advanced autocorrection
If you encounter problems with GIFs that are not working on Android, here’s how to fix them.
How to Send GIFs on Android
The easiest way to search and send GIFs as text messages is to download and use any of the abovementioned apps. However, if you have downloaded and saved GIF files on your phone, you can send them as text even without using keyboard apps.
Just follow these simple steps.
1. Open Messages
Newer phones come with pre-installed Android Messages. Just look for this icon and open it. If you don’t have this app on your phone, you can download for free at Google Play.
2. Select contact
When you’ve opened the app, start chatting by selecting a contact. Just tap the (+) button in the bottom-right corner, then you’ll be prompted to select a recipient from your contact list.
3. Tap the attachment button
The attachment button is found at the left side of the text field. It either looks like the (+) button or the paperclip icon.
4. Tap the image icon and go to gallery
To select a GIF from your phone’s storage, tap the image icon and then go to gallery or Downloads (depending on where you’ve saved your GIF files).
5. Select a GIF
Select the GIF that you want to send. You’ll see a small preview of the GIF you’ve chosen on the text message. This allows you to check the GIF play before sending it.
To send the GIF as text, tap the icon that looks like a paper airplane or an arrow which is located on the right side of the text field.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I get GIFs on my Samsung keyboard?
Samsung and Android phones that run on Android 7.1 and other recent OS offer a handy tool to get and send GIF. In the Google Keyboard, tap the smiley icon. An emoji menu will then pop up. Here, you’ll see a GIF button. Just tap this and find a selection of GIFs.
How do you send GIFs on Android?
You can either attach it as a text message (as already abovementioned) or you can send it directly through the app. For instance, if you’re using GIPHY, just open the app and browse a GIF to send. Tap a particular GIF and go to the text message icon. Select a contact then send.
Where can I find GIFs for texting?
There are now so many ways to find GIFs. The most common is to search online or visit websites like Tenor and GIPHY. However, by installing GIF keyboard apps on your phone, you can directly search GIF through the app.
Whether you’re using Android Messages or keyboard apps, you can now easily use GIFs for texting or on messaging apps like Messenger and WhatsApp. Just remember that GIFs are just an alternative to words (when we just want a fun and creative way to reply, react or comment to a message.
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