Get to Know the Photobucket GIF Maker

Posted by on Jun 11, 2014 in Feature Updates, Gifs, Tutorials | 98 Comments

It’s now easier than ever to create your own animated GIFs directly from your iPhone or Android device. This overview is intended to get you up to looped in on how to use the Photobucket Gif Maker, available on Android and iOS.

GIF = Graphics Interchange Format. Basically a short, looping, often hilarious, video.

Tap on the menu button and select GIF Maker, or tap on the + button on the Home Screen.

Make your GIF

Shoot a video or several single frames to make a GIF.


Tap the shutter button in Video or Single frame mode.

Grab up to 60 images from your Camera Roll or Photobucket account. Just tap on the thumbnail button in the lower left corner.

Tap on Next.

Edit your GIF



You can change the speed of the GIF, and change whether it loops forward, in reverse, or Yoyo.

Remove single frames by tapping on the image and then on the x. Tap Save and you’re done! The GIF will begin uploading and you’ll be able to share it for everyone to see!

GIF Upload Settings

After you create your first GIF, you’ll be asked to save your GIF Upload Settings. All created GIFs will be saved in an album titled “Your GIFs”.

In your GIF Upload Settings, you can choose to make your GIF album private or public, and whether to share your GIFs with Photobucket with the #pbGIFs hashtag.




  1. G Rodell
    December 21, 2014

    How do I download the Photobucket Gif maker on my laptop.. I don’t want to
    use this maker in a mobile phone.. too small!!!

    Appreciate your assistance, freckles913

    • Hannah Moorhead
      December 22, 2014

      Hello G Rodell,

      The GIF Maker is a mobile feature so you will not be able to download it to your lap top.

  2. Kathy
    October 27, 2014

    I would also like the desktop version of the .GIF

  3. Jenn
    October 8, 2014

    I agree! I can not upload any gifs I have already made using another site. Not everyone has an iPhone or Android! Get a way to do it on Photobucket!

  4. Soni
    October 4, 2014

    What about adding text to the GIF? How can we do that? No fun in making GIFs without some accompanying phrase!

    • Hannah Moorhead
      October 6, 2014

      Thanks for the feedback Soni! We do enjoy texting our friends GIFs with a funny phrase or posting our GIFs to social media with a caption!

  5. Mohammad Raihan Mazumder
    August 15, 2014


  6. Aaron Palm
    August 13, 2014

    Facebook does not support GIF format so while you can post them, they won’t play…users have to click the link to photobucket.

  7. Lee
    August 11, 2014

    Would be cool to use this to make GIFs of existing videos on my iOS, but unfortunately it doesn’t let me select existing videos on my camera. 🙁

    • Hannah Moorhead
      August 12, 2014

      Hello Lee,

      With the current GIF Maker you will be able to select existing photos to turn into a GIF, but not existing videos. You can however use the GIF camera to shoot new animated GIFs.

  8. WillieEvangelista
    August 7, 2014

    WillieEvangelista – Great apps! would love to see this on PC.

  9. Stoneage
    August 6, 2014

    No Droid or Italk…. A pc or web version please….. Cheers

  10. Ian Sidwell
    August 6, 2014

    Great idea,I also would appreciate it on the web,can take much better images on my dslr,would be very useful 🙂

  11. tori
    August 6, 2014

    There are plenty of free GIF makers on the Web, just Google! They have been around for years!

  12. KenW
    July 28, 2014

    Also vote for a PC version thanks

  13. Dennis
    July 22, 2014

    I think making this available on a pc would help me to forgive pb for making me wait so long for an option to download my own albums! Throw in a version for the mac for my old lady for taking away the ability to cut and save as a png file!!