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    ChaseJ's Avatar
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    Default Why Why Why - Gifs

    Here is my problem. I can save gifs to the camera roll and of course nothing happens. The only way I have gotten them to remotely work is to copy the link to the gif from Chrome (the browser i use) paste it in Safari, then hold down and copy it, paste it into an imessage and send it to myself. After that, even if I save it, i can not watch it unless i use i message or upload it to Google Drive and watch it on my laptop. I recently switched to using the Google Photos app and i can see a gif i saved before play in the app. I go to save a different gif and it does nothing. It doesnt play no matter what I do. Even saving directly from Chrome or Safari and then uploading to Google Drive to view on my laptop doesnt work. Can someone explain why this is such a problem and how to fix it. I would greatly appreciate it.
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    Default Re: Why Why Why - Gifs

    Apple doesn't allow the saving of gifs in Camera Roll for some reason. That's why there's GIF Keyboard. I know, it's a pet peeve of mine too. I started on Blackberry and Android before moving to iOS and on Blackberry and Android you could save and view gifs in your photos. Not on iOS though.
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    Default Re: Why Why Why - Gifs

    I'm assuming you both know that iOS does actually allow saving gifs to the Camera Roll, it just doesn't support viewing them there for some reason. If you message/mail a gif from Photos, it will animate on the receiver's side. (Try sending yourself a saved gif in a text to see it in action.) And if you use Twitter, gifs will be labeled as such when you open the photo picker in the Twitter app.

    Definitely a pain that it doesn't support viewing them (when I was jailbroken I always installed a tweak that made it possible) but it does let you keep them there at least!
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    Default Re: Why Why Why - Gifs

    Maybe that's something to submit in the feedback app
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    Default Re: Why Why Why - Gifs

    Quote Originally Posted by Massie View Post
    I'm assuming you both know that iOS does actually allow saving gifs to the Camera Roll, it just doesn't support viewing them there for some reason. If you message/mail a gif from Photos, it will animate on the receiver's side. (Try sending yourself a saved gif in a text to see it in action.) And if you use Twitter, gifs will be labeled as such when you open the photo picker in the Twitter app.

    Definitely a pain that it doesn't support viewing them (when I was jailbroken I always installed a tweak that made it possible) but it does let you keep them there at least!
    Would make a good enhancement request to apple on feedback. To have Animated GIF viewing in Photos
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    Default Re: Why Why Why - Gifs

    Gifs don't work in the camera roll. They're still good though. You just use them where they do work. Like in messages or emails. They're not broken in the camera roll, just don't work there.
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    Default Re: GIFS not playing, why?

    I believe what the OP is pointing out is a change since the last iOS update wherein GIFs save as still images in your Camera Roll when saved from Chrome (We know they don't animate when viewing in the Camera Roll - they never have).

    Historically when saving a gif from a Google search, I'd do the following: Tap+Hold image to 'Open image in new page' Then I'd Tap+Hold the moving gif to save to camera roll. Image is now saved in my photos. I then go to use gif as I please, whether to post on social media or send in iMessage and it posts as a still image.

    The only workaround is to open the image in Safari and save it from there now.
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    Default Re: Why Why Why - Gifs

    OP! Is the problem in the Google Photos app? Not sure what you mean.

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