Facebook's New Camera Feature Lets You Create Your Own GIFs

Fernando Stephens
July 15, 2017

In addition to recording a GIF, you can also use all of the frames and effects that are available in the Facebook Camera. The website The Next Web was the first to spot the app update on Friday, noting that the function lets you create short, looping GIFs that last just a few seconds. After you're done customising the GIF, you can then save the final creation to your phone's camera roll, upload it to your Facebook Story, or post it to your profile.

A screenshot of Facebook's camera showing the GIF option at the top.

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Spotted by The Next Web, this Facebook camera feature can be accessed by tapping the camera icon at the top left corner of the app. You will then be able to turn those videos and photos into GIF format and save them to your iOS device.

Facebook frequently tests new features by rolling them out to a subset of its users, so there's no way to know whether or when this might be rolled out more widely.

If you thought Facebook was running out of ways to help you bombard your friends' news feeds, think again. You also can't send them via other social media platforms, which means this feature, while very fun, won't really work outside of Facebook. But, unlike GIFs, videos are easier to monetize. The new GIF function on the Facebook iOS app seems to show that the company is trying to embrace the GIF like never before. Prior to this, the company had historically held off on enabling GIFs because it would make the feed "too chaotic", it believes. It might just be rolled out eventually once the GIF creator is launched across all platforms.

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