Sometimes a smiley or a meme isn’t enough to convey your feelings on Facebook. Here we show you how to post a GIF to Facebook. Most Facebook users will have come across a moment in their social media lives when a comment or an emoji simply doesn’t convey what you want to say. It’s moments like these where the perfect response is an animated GIF.
What is GIF?
GIF stands for “Graphics Interchange Format.” It is an image file format commonly used for images on the web and sprites in software programs. Unlike the JPEG image format, GIFs uses lossless compression that does not degrade the quality of the image. However, GIFs store image data using indexed color, meaning a standard GIF image can include a maximum of 256 colors.
- As you can’t upload your own GIF files to Facebook, you’ll either need to create your own on imgflip.com because imgflip is easy and you can make a gif from image and videos with more features. Open the GIF, then right-click on the image.
- In Google Chrome select the option to ‘Copy Image Address’. If you’re using Firefox, instead look for and select ‘Copy Image Location’. In Opera, you want ‘Copy Image Address’. Other browsers will have slightly different options, but in all cases, you’re looking for an option that allows you to copy the URL that takes you directly to the GIF.
- Next, log into your Facebook news feed in a new browser window and paste the link into the ‘What’s on your mind?’ status field at the top of the page. You can use Ctrl+ V on your keyboard, or right-click in the box and select Paste.
- Give it a second and the GIF will automatically appear below the URL. You can delete this URL or leave it there.
- To post the GIF simply click Post – it’s that easy!