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How to Use GIFs on Discord | Updated September 2020

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GIFs are among the most important ways to communicate over the internet in 2020. They can capture a feeling or idea in a single short video and are typically used to visually express reactions online. They can also be used to create quick instructional videos for businesses, educators, and freelancers. GIFs are especially widespread on the communication platform Discord as gamers, interest groups, and fan clubs frequently use GIFs to quickly communicate their thoughts and feelings with one another. When engaging on one of Discord’s text channels, it is important to be able to quickly look up the right GIF to share with the fellow members of your server.

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Thankfully, there are several easy ways to find and use GIFs on Discord. Let’s go over the 3 best ways to find GIFs for Discord and use them so that you can start using Discord like a pro.

1. Search for GIFs on GIF Picker

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The easiest way to find GIFs on Discord is by using Discord GIF Picker. This helpful tool is available on Discord’s desktop app on the right side of the chatbox. GIF Picker provides a huge collection of GIFs from various sources sorted into various categories based on subject or emotion. You can browse through categories to select your perfect GIF or search for one in the search bar. You can also favorite any GIFs by clicking on the star in the top right corner of the GIF, thus allowing you to quickly access them again in your Favorites collection.

On Discord mobile, you can insert a GIF from your keyboard’s GIF collection into a text channel. These GIFs take longer to load onto the platform, but will still be embedded in the channel so all your friends will be able to view it.

2. Insert Online GIF

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Can’t find a specific GIF in the GIF picker? No worries! Discord supports GIFs from most websites. Simply find your preferred GIF on a website such as GIPHY and either copy and paste its associated link into a text channel or save it to your desktop. If you choose the latter, you can then upload the GIF on Discord by clicking on the + button on the left side of the chatbox, then clicking “Upload a File”. Here, you can add a comment to go with your file or mark it as a spoiler. Any files marked as a “spoiler” on Discord must be clicked on to be viewed.

3. Make Your Own GIF

Finally, you can make your own GIF using a GIF maker and then share it on Discord in the same way as above. For example, you can use Droplr to create your own GIFs, as shown below.


Once you have made your GIF, you can share it on Discord either by downloading it to your computer and then uploading it or via short link. Droplr automatically saves all GIFs, screenshots, and screen recordings to the Cloud and generates a tiny URL for each stored file. You can paste this tiny link into Discord (or another platform) to automatically display the associated screen share in the platform. For more information on how to share files with Droplr on Discord, see the video below.


Sharing GIFs on Discord easy thanks to Discord’s GIF Picker, link embedding, and integrations with GIF makers like Droplr. Using the above tools, you should always be able to find (or make) the perfect GIF for any situation you encounter on Discord. 

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