Love GIFs and can’t wait to send them over to your friends or family members on Snapchat? 

Not only can you send GIFs via Snapchat messenger, but you can also add them to your Snaps – which is simply amazing.

GIFs are well-known for spicing up the conversation, as they can help you express your emotions and spice up the message you’re about to or have already sent. 

However, if you haven’t sent one before and wondering how to send GIFs on Snapchat, allow me to help you out.

Throughout this blog post, I’ll show you:

Let’s dive into the realm of GIFs straight away.

How to Send GIFs on Snapchat Messenger?

Sending GIFs on Snapchat Messenger is a bit complicated. To send GIFs on Snapchat Messenger on Android, you’ll need to switch to the Gboard keyboard. Whereas, if you own an iOS device, you’ll have to install GIPHY on your iPhone.

Whether you’re an Android or iPhone user, allow me to show you how you can send GIFs on both:

Let’s begin with Android.

How to Send GIFs on Snapchat Messenger on Android Devices?

To send GIFs on Snapchat messenger on Android devices, Snapchat users need to switch the GBoard. While it’s the default keyboard across most Android devices, chances are that you may be using your phone manufacturer’s very-own keyboard.

Change Keyboard on Android

To switch to Gboard, head over to your Android phone’s settings. Scroll down to the bottom to find “System.” Click on it to head over to the System settings.

Now, from here, under “Accessibility,” you need to click on “Languages and Input.” In this section, you’ll be able to change your phone’s keyboard. 

Under “Languages and Input,” click on “Virtual Keyboard.” Now, from here, you can select the keyboard you’d like to use. As you can see, my phone’s default keyboard is already set to “Gboard.”

How to Send GIFs on Snapchat Messenger on Android Devices?

When you’ve set the keyboard as “Gboard,” head over to Snapchat and launch one of your friend’s or family member’s conversations. 

Tap on the text bar and you’ll see the “GIF” option in the menu bar of the keyboard. Click on “GIF” and from here you can search and send GIFs to spice up the conversation.

How to Send GIFs on Snapchat Messenger on iOS Devices?

To send GIFs on Snapchat messenger on iPhone, Snapchat users need to enable and switch to the GIPHY keyboard. 

While it’s not the default keyboard you can enable it from your iPhone’s settings and start using it to send GIFs on Snapchat messenger.

But before you are able to enable it, you need to download it from the App Store, if you haven’t already.

You may download the GIPHY keyboard from HERE.

How to Install GIPHY keyboard on iOS devices?

Once downloaded, it’s time to install the keyboard.

To install the GIPHY keyboard on your iPhone, head over to your iPhone Settings. 

Under Settings, select “General.”

Upon selecting “General,” scroll down to find the “Keyboard” option. Click on it and here we’ll be able to install the GIPHY keyboard with ease. 

Select “Add New Keyboard…” GIPHY is a third-party keyboard – so you’ll be able to find it under the “Third Party Keyboards.”

Upon adding the keyboard, you’ll now be able to see it as an active keyboard. 

Now, we need to allow it full access. 

How to Send GIFs on Snapchat Messenger on iOS Devices?

You can do this by tapping on it and allowing full access using the “Allow full access” option. 

Now, you’ll be able to use this keyboard to send GIFs on Snapchat.

To do this, head over to Snapchat and launch the conversation of the person you’d like to send GIFs to. 

Tap on “Chat” to open up the keyboard. 

Now, on the left of the spacebar, you’ll be able to see the Globe/Internet icon – which you need to hold on to change the keyboard. 

Select “GIPHY” and from there, you can search and send GIFs to spice up your Snapchat conversations.

NOTE – You can also use Gboard to send GIFs on Snapchat messenger on iOS devices.

How to Send GIFs on Snapchat Snap?

Love sending snaps and would like to add GIFs to them? Allow me to show you how to send GIFs on Snapchat snap.

First, launch your Snapchat mobile application. Log in to your Snapchat account if not already done.

How to Send GIFs on Snapchat Snap?

The next step is to take a snap. Or you can just upload a photo from your phone gallery. To add a GIF to the snap, click on the “Sticker” icon as you can see in the picture. Upon clicking on it, select “GIF.” 

From here, you can look up the GIF term from the search bar and select the GIF you’d like to add to your snap. 

As simple as that!


Trust me – people love using Snapchat. Not only is it simple and easy to use but it’s packed with tons of exciting features that will never get you bored.

And with the ability to add GIFs to your Snapchat snaps or send them directly on Messenger, the Snapchat dev and marketing team are on a roll to acquiring and retaining an ever-increasing number of their userbase.

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