There are tons of third-party apps and services that can convert the videos on your iPhone to GIFs. With so many options available, the problem becomes which one to choose. Do you install something from the App Store that offers good quality but costs money, or do you have to use a shady online service where you have to jump through hoops to get the GIF? Your best option may be neither.
With the Shortcuts app and the right shortcut, you can easily convert any video in the Photos app to an animated GIF – without installing an app or opening a web browser.
Whether you made the video yourself or downloaded it from the Internet, you can use the “Video to GIF”
- Shortcuts: The app is pre-installed on iOS 13 and above. If you removed it, reinstall it from the App Store.
- Allow untrusted shortcuts: Enable “Add untrusted shortcuts” in Settings -> Shortcuts to ensure that you can install user-created shortcuts.
- iOS 14: For optimal performance, you should be using iOS 14 – we have not tested it on iOS 13.
Step 1: Add the shortcut
You can download the “Video To GIF” shortcut from RoutineHub user FifiTheBulldog for free at the direct iCloud link below. You can also download it from the RoutineHub page, where the shortcut is regularly updated. Currently the shortcut is on version 1.0.
After tapping “Get Shortcut”, you will be sent to Shortcuts to preview the shortcut’s actions. Once there, scroll down and tap the red “Add untrusted shortcut” button at the bottom to add the shortcut to your library.
Step 2: Give it access to your videos
In your “My Shortcuts” tab, tap the “Video to GIF” card to run it. The first time you do this, you will be prompted to grant it access to photos and videos in the Photos app. Tap “OK” to allow it and continue.
Step 3: Convert your video to a GIF
The video browser will be displayed where you can browse the Photos app for a video you want to convert to a GIF. Make sure to choose one that is relatively short or the processing time can be very long. Ideally, you want a video that’s only a few seconds long as GIFs are usually quite short. The quality of the video is also directly related to the processing time, but it shouldn’t take too much time.
Once you’ve chosen the video, you will be taken back to your shortcuts. Wait for a few seconds while the video is converted. You can tell it is converting when the “Video to GIF” shortcut is grayed out. Do not leave the shortcuts or you risk interrupting the conversion process.
Step 4: Save or share the GIF
When the video is done converting, a preview of your GIF will appear. When you’re happy with it, tap the Share button in the top right. From there, you can save the GIF to the Photos app and also share it via SMS, iMessage, email, AirDrop, social media and all listed third-party services.
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