Can you upload a GIF on Facebook?

Written by david koenig
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Facebook allows you to upload and share photos for free, with up to 200 images in an album, and an unlimited number of albums. The social networking site accepts pictures in the three main image file formats: JPEG, GIF and PNG. Uploading a GIF to Facebook is as simple a process as uploading any image.

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Upload to Facebook Feed

You can upload a GIF to Facebook by clicking "Photo" above the "What's on Your Mind?" box on your Facebook News Feed or Wall. From there, click "Upload a Photo," then "Choose File." Browse your computer folders to find the GIF, clicking the GIF extension from the drop-down "Files of Type" menu if it lets you. Click the GIF file, and click "Share" to upload.

Upload to Facebook Album

The steps for uploading GIFs to albums are similar, but first click "Photos" on your Facebook Profile. Locate the album you wish to upload to, and then click "Add Photos." Alternatively, follow the steps for uploading a photo to your feed, and click "Create an Album" instead of "Upload a Photo." You can then add a GIF as normal but also provide an album name and description to organise your GIFs in a single set.

Advantages of GIFs

As a GIF is a compressed format, meaning it has a smaller file size. This means you can upload it to Facebook faster and other users can view it faster, making it a particular advantage if you or your friends have a slow or unreliable connection.

Converting to GIF

You can convert any image to the GIF format easily using a free photo editing application. For example, in Microsoft Paint, which comes installed on all Windows systems, simply save the image and click "GIF" from the file-type menu when saving an image. Most photo-editing software saves images as GIFs in the same way.

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