How to put a GIF file on a cell phone

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How to put a GIF file on a cell phone
You can transfer GIF files to your cell phone using e-mail and other simple methods. (girl and cell phone image by starush from

A GIF, or Graphic Information File, is a specific graphic file format and one of the most commonly used on the Internet. One of the main advantages of using GIF files is their ability to compress pictures without losing data or resulting in a distorted image. You can put a GIF file on a cell phone by sending the image in an MMS message from a computer to a cell phone or by connecting a cell phone to a computer using a USB cable.

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Things you need

  • USB cable

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    Open an e-mail application on your computer.

  2. 2

    Start a new message, and in the address field, type the 10-digit number of the cell phone to which you want to send the file, followed by the "@" symbol and your cell phone carrier's domain name. For example, if you have a Verizon cell phone, you would send the message to "" (substituting the actual number for the generic example here). See SMS 411 in the References section for a complete list of domain names.

  3. 3

    Click "Attach" or "Attachments."

  4. 4

    Find the GIF file you want to send to the cell phone and select it. You should see the file uploading, and when the upload is complete, a tab showing the chosen file name should appear in the attachments box.

  5. 5

    Click "Send" to send the message. When you look on the phone and open the email attachment you should be able to access the GIF file.

  1. 1

    Look at the USB cable that came with your phone, and examine both ends. There should be a smaller USB connector on one end and a larger connector on the other.

  2. 2

    Insert the smaller USB connector into the USB port on the cell phone.

  3. 3

    Insert the larger USB connector into the USB port on the computer.

  4. 4

    Access the device drive. For Windows users, click on "Start," then "My Computer" and you should see the cell phone listed as an external USB drive. For Mac users, you can access the file through a disk icon on the desktop or by looking in the Finder window. Create a new folder or access the preset folder in which you want the image saved.

  5. 5

    Open the relevant folders on the computer until you have accessed the GIF file.

  6. 6

    Copy the GIF image file from the computer to a cell phone by clicking and dragging the image icon from the folder on the computer to the device folder. It is best to have the windows for both folders minimised and set side by side. This allows you to easily drag and drop the desired image from one side of the computer screen to the other. Once you have "dropped" the image, it should now show up in the cell phone folder as a copy, with the original still remaining in the computer folder. When you remove the USB cable and look on the phone, you should be able to access the GIF file.

Tips and warnings

  • You can send more than one GIF image at a time. To do this, you simply continue adding attachments until you have selected all the desired files. Keep in mind that larger pictures take longer to upload and the average maximum upload file size is 10 MB.

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