Convert your Videos to GIFs for Free on your iPhone or iPad

GIFs are very popular. You can easily convert your videos into animated GIFs. In this article, I will show you how you can make a GIF video from your video file on your iPhone or iPad. We will not use any third-party apps. This could be the easiest way to do this. Basically, we will create a Shortcut that will turn your videos into GIFs.

Make a GIF

1. Open Shortcuts on your iPhone or iPad. And tap the add (+) button in the top-right of the screen.

Add Shortcut

2. Then tap Add action.

Add Action

3. Tap Media.

Media

4. Scroll down and find the GIFs section and tap Make GIF. And this will create a new shortcut.

Make GIF

5. Now we create the Make Gif shortcut. If you tap Show More, you can customize your GIFs. There are three settings:

  • Seconds Per Photo
  • Loop Forever
  • Auto Size

We will now add a Save action. Tap the plus (+) icon. What we want is to save the GIF that this shortcut creates.

Add Save

6. Now, since last time we added a Media shortcut, the Media option will be open. Scroll down and find the Photos section and then tap Save to Photo Album.

Save to Photo Album

7. Now we will rename this shortcut and add to the share screen so that you can easily convert videos to GIFs. Tap the three dot (…) icon.

Three dot icon

8. Enter a new name and turn on Show in Share Sheet. Then tap Done.

Name your shortcut convert to GIF

9. We saved our GIF shortcut but we are not finished yet. Now tap Content.

Content

10. Tap Select Magic Variable.

Select Magic Variable

11.Now tap Shortcut input.

Shortcut Input

And you are done, your Shortcut is ready.

How to use Shortcuts to create GIFs

Now we will use our shortcut to convert a video to a GIF. Here is how:

1. Open your Photos app and tap Library and select a video to convert. And tap the Share button.

Share

2.This will open the Share Sheet. Scroll down and select the Shortcut you created.

Convert video

3. Now, your video will be converted to a GIF file and saved to the Recents album (you can change this setting if you go to Shortcuts > Photos) in your Photos Library. Open your Photos app to see your new GIF.

See also

Dr. Serhat Kurt worked as a Senior Technology Director. He holds a doctoral degree (or doctorate) from the University of Illinois at Urbana / Champaign and a master’s degree from Purdue University. Here is his LinkedIn profile.

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