GIFs are an exciting way to respond to a text message, allowing you to express your emotions more accurately. This is the reason why most leading messaging apps and keyboards have included GIF tools to them. If GIF replies lure hugely your attention, you’ll be on cloud nine to know that Google has taken the responsibility to enhance your text message experience. With Google’s new Gboard update, iPhone users can create a quick selfie GIF to reply to texts. Walk through the post to know how you can do that.
Reply to Texts with a Selfie GIF
Set Up Gboard
First off, you need to get Gborad on your iPhone. Gboard is an extremely feature-rich, free keyboard; with some useful options like Google search and swipe typing, and you’re surely gonna replace it with the Apple’s default keyboard. To set up Gboard on your iPhone, follow the steps below:
- Open iOS App Store and download Gboard
- Once downloaded successfully, head to your iPhone’s Settings app and go to General > Keyboard > Keyboards > Add New Keyboard > Gboard
- Enable “Allow Full Access”
- You can also make it your default keyboard by tapping “Edit” in the top-right corner of the screen, then dragging “Gboard” to the top of keyboards list
Create a Selfie GIF
To create a selfie GIF, you’ll have to use the GIF-maker tool as provided inside Gboard. To do so, open a messaging app of your choice and tap on the typing area. When Gboard pops up, tap the Camera Loop icon in the top-right corner of the keyboard. This will launch the GIF-maker. Now you can take a selfie with whichever camera you like; rear or front.
The GIF-maker gives two options to use while creating a perfect GIF: “Loop,” and “Fast-forward.” You can use “Loop” option by tapping and holding the white Record button at the bottom. Then, you can record with the video camera for up to three seconds. Your recording will be looped as a GIF.
With “Fast Forward” option, you can film a thirty-second GIF. Once recorded, Gboard will modify your film by removing quick movements and enhancing the slow ones and will loop your film to make it the perfect GIF.
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Modify Your Selfie GIF
A GIF is complete only when it has some striking caption added to it. Thankfully, Gboard lets you do so with the help of some simple writing and drawing tools.
To add a caption to your selfie GIF, tap the “T” symbol situated at the top of the screen. Select your favorite color from the bottom and start typing your text. Once done, drag your caption to your desired place on the selfie GIF. Pinch the GIF to change the size and tap “Done” when you’re satisfied with it.
If you want to draw something to your selfie GIF, you can do so by tapping the Pencil icon on the top of the screen. Choose your favorite color from the palette. You can select among pencil, pen, or marker to draw by tapping the Writing tool in the bottom-left corner. Once done, tap “Done.”
Save and Share Your Selfie GIF
You can instantly share your selfie GIF to your contacts as soon as you create your GIF. To do so, simply tap the “Send” button at the bottom. Your GIF will be copied to your device’s clipboard. Paste your selfie GIF into a text message and hit “Send.”
Not only the current one, but you can also send your previous selfie GIFs to your contacts by going to your GIF history. Tap the Smiley Face icon in Gboard, then tap “GIF” option. Go to “My GIFS” and tap your desired GIF to add it as to a text message.
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