How to Use a GIF on YouTube

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How to Use a GIF on YouTube
You can upload a GIF to YouTube for your background or profile picture. (Polka Dot RF/Polka Dot/Getty Images)

You can customise your YouTube account with a GIF image for your profile picture or a background image for your channel. For example, you might want a picture of something that frequently appears in the movies you upload, such as scenery from a vacation movie or the kitchen where you record your recipe how-to videos. You might want to use a GIF picture to represent yourself, so people who visit your YouTube channel can get a better sense of who you are.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Instructions

    Use a GIF for Your Profile Image

  1. 1

    Start your Web browser and go to the YouTube website (youtube.com). Sign in to your YouTube account.

  2. 2

    Click the name of your account at the top of the page, and then click "Settings." Click the "Profile Setup" link.

  3. 3

    Click "Choose File." A dialogue box opens.

  4. 4

    Click "Choose File," then click the folder on your computer that has the GIF you want to use for your profile picture. Click the GIF file to select it, and then click "Choose."

  5. 5

    Click "Save Changes."

    Use a GIF for your Background Image

  1. 1

    Click the name of your account at the top of the YouTube page, and then click "Channel."

  2. 2

    Click "Themes and Colors," and then click "Show Advanced Options."

  3. 3

    Click "Background Image."

  4. 4

    Click "Choose File." A dialogue box opens. Click the folder on your computer that has the GIF you want to use for your background picture. Click the GIF file to select it, and then click "Choose."

  5. 5

    Click "Save Changes."

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