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How to Save GIFs from Twitter to Your Device

by Hung Nguyen

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The best way to quickly save GIFs posted on Twitter to your computer in a few clicks.

If you’re questioning why you cannot simply drag a GIF from Twitter to your desktop? It’s because the cheeky social media site converts all uploaded GIFs into MP4 videos. That’s right, from the GIFs you upload from your local drive to those imported from Gifhy or Tenor.

Twitter does this to improve their site’s performance, as videos load much quicker than animated GIF. Another change you might have seen is the need to manually tap on a GIF on your mobile to start playing it. Either way, the saving from is not as tedious as one may think - you need to convert and save the videos back to their original format - GIF.

How to save a GIF from Twitter to your computer

  1. Identify the tweet containing the GIF you wish to keep.

  2. Right-click and choose to ‘Copy Video Address’.

  3. Go to Ezgif’s Video to GIF converter and paste in the link.

  4. Click ‘Convert to GIF’ and save the image to your device.


To save a GIF from Twitter, copy the video link, and then convert it to GIF format, to your device.

Do more with your GIFs


We adore Ezgif; the animated GIF above was actually made using their site. Aside from downloading GIFs, the free online platform also offers visitors to modify and enhance their files, including the ability to optimize, rotate, and resize these Twitter videos. Conversely, you can edit MP4 video files before converting and saving the GIF from twitter.

And as you can see, once you have the video converted back to GIF format, the loaded animation can be dragged and dropped easily to your computer.

How to save GIFs from Twitter on a mobile device


The process to do so is nearly identical, albeit the flow may slightly differ. When you copy the video address, this actually takes the Tweet URL. As such, if this action is not available when you are viewing a tweet containing the GIF you want to save, you may also copy the direct URL of the tweet itself. After you copy the URL, head over to Ezgif, follow the step-by-step instructions inscribed above to save your file.

Unfortunately, you may not be able to save GIFs if you are using the mobile version of the Twitter app on either iPhone or Android, as you cannot copy or view a standalone tweet with a visible URL (albeit there are options to share or re-tweet). In such cases, you can always open Twitter via your standard mobile internet browser, log into your account, locate the GIF, and take it from there.

From one freemium service to another


Shout-out to all the useful free tools out there, such as Ezgif, that enables you to upload videos to modify, and of course, saving GIFs from your favorite online sites. We, ourselves, are the most popular online PDF software, where over 25+ million users can freely convert, split, compress, and even e-Sign PDF documents. Hey, we all need to convert a PDF to Word at one point, no? ;)

Moreover, Smallpdf can also convert GIF files to another format, such as JPG, PDF, Excel, or PPT, if you ever need to access such file formats. Check our homepage out for more info, and we’ll keep churning out content to aid your needs to digital work tasks.


Thank you for visiting!

Hung Nguyen
Hung Nguyen
Senior Growth Marketing Manager @Smallpdf