We’ve all been begging and finally, Facebook listened and we would like to welcome them to 2015. Today, GIFs started showing up as animated pics when posted to Facebook. We’ve waited so long for this day, everyone! REJOICE!

However, you cannot just upload a GIF to the site. It will show up as a still (static) picture. Here’s how you make a GIF display properly.

How to Get GIFs to Work in Facebook

How you make a GIF display on a Facebook status

Find a GIF you love online. I do it by going to Google images, typing in what I want and “gif” after it. Pull the direct link of the gif. Example: http://images.wikia.com/glee/images/3/3a/Yas.gif

Copy that link and paste it into a Facebook status, like you would when you want to share a video. Once you press “Enter” (not “post”) the pic will show up under it.

GIFs on Facebook

NOW, delete that link and it will remain. Add the caption you want and VOILA! Working GIF.

This works on personal profiles and groups but not on fan pages yet (as of May 29, 2015 at 12pm CT).

How you make a GIF display in comments

When you want to drop a GIF in the comments of a Facebook status, grab the link of the GIF and copy and paste into the comments box.

Add whatever caption you want before pressing “Enter.” When you do this, it will publish the comment AND show the GIF.

Comments GIF Facebook

For those who are slightly anal about deleting the link and letting the GIF just show, you cannot delete the link when you’re posting the GIF in comments. It stays.

* As of right now (May 29, 2015 at 12pm CT), GIFs posted in comments aren’t showing up in the Facebook mobile app. It just shows you the link and then when you click it, it will take you to your web browser to view it. i expect an update is coming soon for this.

Update: For some people, GIFs in the comments of Facebook fan pages are starting to work (2pm CST, May 29). It’s not working for me yet, though and I’m on a desktop.

How to get GIPHY GIFs to display

Facebook has allowed GIFs from the website GIPHY to display for a while. Except, they’d display and you’d have to press “play” so they were basically showing up like videos are.

If you are using a GIPHY link, pull the actual direct link of the GIF, not the GIPHY page link. Get on the GIPHY page and then right click the GIF itself, and click “open image in new tab.” So instead of: http://giphy.com/gifs/photoset-rupauls-drag-race-season-4-NspyGbONuQLtu you want: http://media.giphy.com/media/NspyGbONuQLtu/giphy.gif. It will display like this:

Rupaul got lucky

You will know the link you pulled is right if it ends in .gif.

Facebook has opened Pandora’s Box because we are about to UP the level of ridiculous in Facebook and I’m worried about my readers because this is just going to make them act up even more. I already have a thread on my profile where people have dropped bout 60 GIFs. My already robust GIF folder of 4,500 is about to get some new additions.

I love it.

Let the shenanigans roll!!!


About the author

Luvvie Ajayi is a writer and digital strategist who believes in using the power of technology for social change. She's the 13-year blogging veteran behind AwesomelyLuvvie.com (an award-winning pop culture and humor blog) and co-founder of The Red Pump Project (a national nonprofit that raises awareness about the impact of HIV/AIDS on women and girls).


  • Karla

    Thanks so much for the instruction. I find that when I press “enter”, the cursor just goes to the next line rather than posting. It will only post when I comment but not in my status box. Is there a fix for that?

  • Michelle Scott

    Is FB possibly doing a tiered roll-out of this? I’ve tried several times to get it to work on my FB profile/newsfeed and all I get is a static picture. Regardless, thanks so very much for the tutorial—it’ll come in handy soon, I’m sure!

  • Petranilla14

    THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • To say this article is a godsend doesn’t begin to cover it. Where do I send the tasty baked goods?

  • AJ

    Praise you woman!

  • MissPat2011 .

    Hi I’ve tried everything – copy and paste link – giphy – picasaweb – I’m able to see gif right away. As soon as I post – it disappears. When I hit the image and hit gif nothing happens – isn’t it supposed to stay an imaged on the page? Very frustrating – I hope you understand – please help…

  • MissPat2011 .

    MissPat2011 . • a few seconds ago
    Hi I’ve tried everything – copy and paste link – giphy – picasaweb – I’m able to see gif right away. As soon as I post – it disappears. When I hit the image and hit gif nothing happens – isn’t it supposed to stay animated on the page? Very frustrating – I hope you understand – please help…

  • Debbie Leone Ries

    I have created a folder on desktop…My Gifs. All working great. Sending out animation to my kids and family. Posting stuff on my wall on Facebook. Went to load a new one today….NO ANIMATION! What happened? Tried about 20 diff ones. Just load as a photo. Tried sending imessage too. Nothing. Do they expire? Sooo upset. Have hundres saved and none are working

  • Gaurav Chand

    it comes as media..com
    the GIF never animates

  • Lüke Hellwÿck

    I love it when “professionals” get GIFs and animated GIFs mixed up.

  • Stephen Brackens-Brinkley

    My gif’s work only some of the time and they always end in .gif. Any clues as to why that may be. I host on giphy. Before they were animated one hundred percent of the time now they are not.

  • Greta Schölderle Møller

    i’m doing everything possible but my gif doesn’t show on facebook :'( https://media.giphy.com/media/3oKIPoyWZM3ViHfVyE/giphy.gif