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. dale terry
    June 14, 2014

    Looking forward to hsving some fun wih it

  2. Chris
    June 14, 2014

    I’m definitely going to be trying this out for some of my marketing pictures. On the strictly entertainment side my niece is going to love this.

  3. Cathie Mckenzie
    June 18, 2014

    I’ll sure give it a whirl on my Kindle, but I’dpresfer it on the web…just sayin

    • gary popkin
      June 27, 2014

      Thank you for pointing out that you are just sayin that you would presfer it on the web. If you hadn’t pointed out that you were just sayin that you would presfer it on the web, I wouldn’t have known it.

      • Jenny
        June 28, 2014

        Gary Popkin. What you wrote made me guffaw at a audible level, just sayin 😉

        • Jackie
          August 14, 2014

          LOL Jenny!!! Love your response!

        • Jackie
          August 14, 2014

          Please make this available for PC. I was scrolling back up to see what someone else said and noticed that Tori said there are plenty of GIF makers on the web, maybe I will look and see if there are any for my PC. Thanks Tori, never thought of that.

      • Joe
        July 8, 2014

        I too am so tired of that perky snide remark-just saying

  4. Soren Alenko
    June 20, 2014

    So, why can’t I use this on my account while on the computer?

    • Hannah Moorhead
      June 23, 2014

      Hello Soren,

      The GIF Maker is currently only available on iOS and Android devices. At this time we do not have plans to create a web version. However, if there is a high level of interest, we will definitely look into it!

      • Nix
        June 27, 2014

        Seriously. Webcam pics are way better and there’s no arm holding it there, like the whole thing is just way less awkward. “Yes please” to this.

        • Jeff
          July 13, 2014

          I agree…..want it on the web please!

      • Pedro
        June 27, 2014

        I’m sure there are a great number of people that would love this on the PC!

      • Mememe
        June 28, 2014

        Yes, please do an online version of this!

      • Phil
        July 2, 2014

        Sharing, High level of interest. But if not, thanks anyway. Live to play.

      • Ann Thayer
        July 5, 2014

        A web version would be very useful!

      • Shepsno1
        July 6, 2014

        Yes, for PC please

      • MadQueen
        July 26, 2014

        Yes I agree that we need one for the PC. Not everyone has IPhones etc. I’m lucky to have one cuz of my granddaughter otherwise I sure wouldn’t have one.

      • John T. McF. Mood
        July 26, 2014

        I don’t normally shoot pics with my camera in my Android. I use a Nikon DSLR with hone. A PC VERSION would be of GREAT INTEREST TO me, and many other DSLR users. I won’t run down camera pones, but I prefer a higher megapixel count and flexibility of use of different lenses and filters….

      • Darla
        December 8, 2014

        definitly want this on the web version! 😀

    June 25, 2014

    I would also like 2 make GIFs on my PC! I hope u get enough requests 4 a desktop version of GIF Maker 2 convince u 2 make one… I can see just from the comments above, that it’d be as popular w us PC users as well as iPhone/ iPad-ers! 😀

  6. Kenny
    June 27, 2014

    How and when can I get this…..sound great

    • Hannah Moorhead
      June 30, 2014

      Hello Kenny,

      The GIF Maker is now available on iPhone and Android.

  7. David Jones
    June 27, 2014

    Why don’t you have any WP8 apps?

  8. TC
    June 27, 2014

    Does the GIF maker work from my computer–I have no mobile phone?

  9. Rev. Bill Wilson
    June 27, 2014

    Please do a version for the home computer
    Some of cannot afford those expensive little pieces of Technology
    How many times can I vote ????

  10. dipsofjazz
    June 27, 2014

    I would also like this for using on my pc.

  11. lighto
    June 27, 2014

    Looking forward to this. Hows the image quality for the gif? I hope its in best quality because what troublesome from gif maker usually is the final quality of its result.

  12. Mark
    June 27, 2014

    I echo the comments above RE: a version for PC, it would be a most welcome and useful addition.

  13. misime
    June 27, 2014

    PC please – I’m one of those who have neither iPhone nor iPad

  14. Larry
    June 27, 2014

    Not being a mobile phone user.I too await this for my PC, to give it a go,
    As I already have a GIF animator I can open GIFs and see the frame delay, so …
    WHEN are we going to get an industry standard for GIF speeds ?
    I ask because with many GIFs, the SAME GIF runs fast on one application, slow on another and inbetween on another !!!

  15. Frank
    June 27, 2014

    Sorry, but the app seems to be real buggie. Right now it’s stuck in a cycle “Creating Animated GIF”… and won’t stop.

  16. val
    June 28, 2014

    so, What actually us a GIF? Some of us have no idea. Thanks.

  17. Paul
    June 28, 2014

    PC version would be of more interest to me as well.

  18. Windle
    June 28, 2014

    AAAaaaaargh…. love the app, but there isn’t one for my Windows Phone platform.


  19. Paul
    June 28, 2014

    Yes a PC version makes a lot of sense – you can grab a whole lot of images way easier than on any phone and see them better 🙂 PC version please!

  20. Bill
    June 28, 2014

    All my photos live on my desktop, so I’d rather make a GIF there than on a phone. Application for desktop, please!

  21. Cher2go
    June 28, 2014

    Can’t wait, I love fun stuff!

  22. Biblins
    June 28, 2014

    So no App for Windows Phone then?

  23. ADRIAN
    June 28, 2014


    • gina
      June 30, 2014

      I always liked photobucket, but it’s not fair that it only works on
      two cell phones. I’m not buying one just so I can make animated
      gifs. so not fair. I am sick of business’s that force you to do something
      or you can’t do anything. I don’t like being pushed into a corner, I fight back.

      • shane
        July 6, 2014


      • Richard Ziccardi
        July 27, 2014

        Gina,nobody is forcing you to do anything you do not want to do.This is the way it is set up,nobody is pushing you into a corner,there are plenty of apps. out there for everyone.
        Calm down

    • Nico
      July 5, 2014

      I don’t get it. You complain that there is a product for a platform that you do not have. Do you also go into greengrocers complaining that they sell bananas, which you don’t like? Or do you write to your local railways complaining about delays of trains that you don’t take?
      Do you have any idea how pedantic that is?
      And in case not, V_E_R_Y Pedantic indeed.

    • 'Ted' Johnson
      July 6, 2014

      Totally agree. I have a phone on which I make, amazingly, ‘phone calls. All the other ‘gubbins’ are neither asked for nor required!

  24. gluca
    June 28, 2014

    is it not available in int’l app store?

  25. don
    June 28, 2014

    OK, dumb arse me needs to know what a GIF is, what does it do, why would I want to do whatever it does? Maybe I missed something.

    • Sara
      July 2, 2014

      Hello don,
      A GIF, to put it simply, is a live photo. I’m not sure what “GIF” stands for but I have another app that came with my phone that automatically makes a GIF if my camera is set to “Burst Shot”, which means if I long press the “Snap Photo” button it will take 10 fps (frames per second) for example. It’s pretty cool, but it won’t let me share it so I’m happy that PHOTOBUCKET has added this!
      *eg; My cat makes the cutest, funny faces after she eats, when she licks her lips and then yawns, but in order to catch it in a photo I had to take a burst shot. I got a lot of funny still pics but when I saw it in motion, as a GIF, it was hilarious to watch!
      I’m sorry I couldn’t explain it better, or shorter, but I hope this helps some. Give it a try! Whether you shoot animals, people, the weather or whatever it is that you want to capture, it will make your photo’s come alive. Hope you try it and enjoy it. Happy shooting =)

      • Mary
        July 6, 2014

        Sara – Nicely explained!

      • Alfonso Rodriguez
        August 16, 2014

        Hi Sara…

        technically a gif is an animated image, the term gif means “Graphics Interchange File” to make a gif, one simply take several pictures, and then orders them, in a certain time (ex. your burst shoot function takes 10 pictures per second, so for taking a minute of cat enjoying food it means 600 pictures are compressed into one photo, each taking a 10th of a sec to appear on screen)

        also, don, you’d like to do it to show something cute or beautiful, where the beauty comes with movement…

  26. aussiefox
    June 28, 2014

    PC Please !

  27. Dee
    June 28, 2014

    Would love to see this on the PC.

  28. Viviana
    June 28, 2014

    Would LOVE this on PC please!!!

  29. Laila Kokkala
    June 29, 2014

    I would like to do this on my computer with existing and/or new photos. I do not have an Iphone, cellphone or android. Can it be done?

  30. Tony
    June 29, 2014

    Why would I want to do this on my phone?

  31. Gale Ghostrider
    June 29, 2014

    As hard as it is to believe these days, not all the population have smart phones! Of course not everyone has a PC either, although a good majority do and this would get a lot more exposure and/or use with a PC version. I believe you’d find it end up being a lot more popular then a IOS program.

  32. Perry
    June 29, 2014

    If you have the software for iOS and Android, I would MUCH rather have it on my MacBook Pro. It just more useful there.

    • Alfonso Rodriguez
      August 16, 2014

      yes it is… but in this case, this app is for when you only have your Android/ios mobile device and you find things gif worthy on the road

  33. Larry
    June 30, 2014

    For the benefit of those asking what a GIF is :

    It is a series of photos that are run sequentially, like a film.

    The definition of GIF I have seen is Graphical Interface File.

  34. Sara
    July 2, 2014

    I’m so happy to finally have a way to make GIF’s and share them! Luckily I have an android, but for all the people that either don’t have a phone to do this or don’t have the kind of phone they need, especially in this economy, PLEASE MAKE THIS PC COMPATIBLE! I think everyone should have access to this awesomeness and that we should be able to use it wherever we can. I’m going to try it out now, I hope it’s easy to do. Thank You Photobucket!

  35. Sam
    July 2, 2014

    Does the app require the gifs to be uploaded to photobucket, or can we save them locally on the phone too?

    • Cameron Bradley
      July 2, 2014

      The app will automatically save them to your device as well.

  36. Valerie poole
    July 2, 2014

    What exactly is a Gif? OK for you youngins but us seniors or late bloomers don’t get what your putting out here.
    Would love to know please in user friendly language please.

  37. L Horton
    July 4, 2014

    I’d definitely try this out if it were available for a laptop but it’s too fiddly to do on a phone or tablet and anyway all my pics and graphics are stored on my laptop.

  38. NicoZ58
    July 5, 2014

    Looks like good fun, but …. One thing to consider: Whatever you upload, you loose. So that killer picture, or GIF, you made becomes free for all to grab and use (and make money with). Check privacy policy [quote] Public Postings. Photographs and videos which you submit for use on public areas on Photobucket are considered public information and may be copied or further distributed by others in accordance with the Terms of Use. [unquote]. Not an issue for the happy holiday snapper, but something to think about for the more serious photographer.

  39. margarita marie
    July 5, 2014

    Quick question: does it take up a lot of memory space on my Android phone in order to use this App?

  40. Daniel Woodward
    July 5, 2014

    I would also love to have a PC Version of this app. I type much to slowly on the Smartphone. Also, the Smart Phone is making me stupid. I don’t remember anybody’s phone number anymore. ;0)

  41. Peg
    July 5, 2014

    I would prefer the gif maker on my PC also.

  42. greg gellman
    July 6, 2014

    this the king of Bakersfield, ca. and i command you to prepare a pc version immediately and have one of your flunkies to send me the link. reward with compliance.

  43. Carol Frisch
    July 6, 2014

    I too would like a GIF maker for my pc since I am not very good with my mobile phone.

  44. Taina
    July 6, 2014

    Yes one for the PC too! Thanks.

  45. Margo
    July 7, 2014

    My android memory is nearly full. I’m assuming it takes quite a bit of memory usage to run the app. I’d prefer something I can use on my MacBook Pro as well. When people say PC, I hope they are referring to a CROSS-PLATFORM program that is not solely Windows based. I vote for a cross-platform computer app that can be shared.

  46. Tony
    July 7, 2014

    A lot of good making gifs does if they don’t play within the app…I have a ton of gifs in my library, but they don’t play on my tablet application…am I not seeing the “play” button?

  47. Coniferian
    July 7, 2014

    I had an animated GIF maker program on my PC 20 years ago, but didn’t transfer it to subsequent computers. It’s been around quite awhile. Maybe Photobucket can license the old software, it was a small program for a much earlier version of Windows.

  48. David Farrar
    July 8, 2014

    Can I do this on my Dell, Window 7?

    ex animo

    • Hannah Moorhead
      July 9, 2014

      Hello David,

      The GIF Maker is currently only available on Android and iPhone devices.

  49. Alan
    July 10, 2014

    What if you have only a desktop computer ?

    • Alfonso Rodriguez
      August 16, 2014

      you can use a gif maker… there are dozens of gif makers…. some free some shareware, but it’s doable…then you can upload them to PB using the Desktop util or the Web page

  50. Debby
    July 15, 2014

    Anyone remember MySpace? GIF was so cool for that. Sure would be fun for the smart phone and FB too!

    • Debby
      July 15, 2014

      Almost forgot Pinterest! How fun that would be!

      • Hannah Moorhead
        July 15, 2014

        Hello Debby,

        Pinterest supports GIFs! You can make and post your own as pins. Facebook, unfortunately, does not yet.

  51. 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!!

  52. KenW
    July 28, 2014

    Also vote for a PC version thanks

  53. tori
    August 6, 2014

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

  54. 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 🙂

  55. Stoneage
    August 6, 2014

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

  56. WillieEvangelista
    August 7, 2014

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

  57. 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.

  58. 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.

  59. Mohammad Raihan Mazumder
    August 15, 2014


  60. 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!

  61. 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!

  62. Kathy
    October 27, 2014

    I would also like the desktop version of the .GIF

  63. 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.