Twitter now lets you create your own GIFs using your iPhone's camera

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What you need to know

  • Twitter now allows people to create their own GIFs from within the app.
  • The new feature is as easy to use as tapping a new button when creating a video.
  • The new feature is available to Twitter for iOS users now.

Twitter has announced a new feature that makes it easier for people to create and share their own animated images, essentially GIFs.

As of right now, Twitter users can create and then share their own GIFs using nothing more than the camera that's attached to their iPhone. The move was announced via the Twitter Support account and is as simple as opening the camera view in-app and selecting the option to create a GIF.

Ok GIFs aren't new but what is new is the option to capture your own using the in-app camera on iOS.

Twitter continues to make tweaks and subtle improvements to its iOS app amid ongoing competition from third-party alternatives. Whether Twitter is the best iPhone app for reading and posting to the social network is up for debate, but it's wonderful to see features like this being added. The resulting GIF actually looks to be pretty good quality as well, making the feature even more useful to those who want to share something less fancy than a real video.

Don't yet have the Twitter app installed? You can download it from the App Store right now. It's free and all you'll need in order to use it is a Twitter account.

Now that Twitter has added this feature we can all get back to arguing about whether it's a hard or soft "G" at the beginning of GIF!

Oliver Haslam

Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too. Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.