How to post a GIF on Threads – explained

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Instagram Threads hasn’t been out for long, but posting GIFs might seem perplexing to the newest users on the platform. One reason why is that Threads does not currently have a dedicated option for adding GIFs to posts and replies. However, there is a way to go around it, allowing users to communicate using these quirky moving images if they wish. This article will explain how to post a GIF on Threads. Let’s get into it.

How to Add GIFs in Threads

Even though no there is currently a lack of GIF buttons on Threads, users can still post GIFs on the app. There are two different ways to do this; manually and through the GIF search engine. Here’s how to do both.

Adding GIFs in Threads Manually

Below are the steps to manually add a GIF into Threads:

  • Open your web browser and download the GIFs you’d like to post on Threads.
  • Open the Threads app. Try creating a new post or go to the post where you want to reply with a GIF.
  • The next thing is to tap the paperclip icon directly under the text field.
  • Your device gallery will open up. Find and select the downloaded GIF from the list of available files. Once you’ve done that, the selected GIF will be attached to your post.
  • All that remains now is to tap the Post button for it to be published.

Using the GIF Search Engine

Another viable method to post a GIF on Threads is through a GIF search engine. Here, we will use GIPHY as an example.

  • Open the app store (Google Play Store or Apple App Store) on your device and search for GIPHY. Once found, download and install the app to your device.
  • Once installed, launch the GIPHY app and signup for an account.
  • Then add GIPHY as your device’s default keyboard. For Android, go to Settings > Additional settings > Languages & input > Current keyboard > GIPHY. For iOS, go to Settings > General > Keyboard > Keyboards > Add New Keyboard > tap GIPHY and toggle on Allow Full Access
  • Launch the Threads app and go where you want to post a GIF.
  • On your keyboard, tap the Globe icon and select GIPHY.
  • Search for your preferred GIF and copy it by placing your thumb on it for a few seconds.
  • Now, go to where you want to use the GIF and paste it into the text field.

So, that’s all there is to it about posting GIFs on the Threads app. We’ve got you covered with other possible Threads troubles you might be having, how to get verified on Threads, or how to delete your account.

Final thoughts

Hopefully, you are now able to use GIFs in Threads to have fun with the platform and use it to express the full range of your emotions. Threads, developed by Meta, has been gaining popularity in the social media scene since its release earlier this July as a rival app to Twitter. You can read in more detail about Twitter vs Threads, or you check out some of the other Twitter alternatives that have been coming out such as Bluesky Social and Mastodon.

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