How to email GIF files

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You can probably easily find or make a GIF and send it via text message. Or attach it to a social media post.

But do you know how to insert a GIF into an email? Here's a step-by-step guide.

Email a GIF using Gmail, Yahoo, or Apple Mail 

All emails are saved in cloud storage and take up space. Therefore, email providers limit the size of letters and attachments. Thus, the total size of attached GIFs should not exceed 20-25 MB, depending on the mail service. Keep this in mind when choosing or creating GIFs. 

You can attach GIF images both to the body of the letter and to the signature. We'll discuss how to create original animated signatures in the next section. Here, we will focus on how to email GIFs via Gmail, Yahoo, and Apple Mail. 

How to email a GIF using Gmail

There are two ways to insert GIF into Gmail: as a link or as an uploaded file. Let's take a closer look at each method.

Here's how to insert GIF in Gmail as a link in a few steps:

  1. Find an animated picture that you want to send via email. Copy its URL. If your source of GIFs is GIPHY, you'll easily find the Copy URL button next to each image when you hover over it. 

     Copy GIF's URL

  2. Open Gmail and click Compose.
  3. In the editing window, find the photo icon (Insert photo) and click on it. 

    the photo icon in Gmail

  4. In the window that opens, click on Web Address (URL) and paste the copied URL to your GIF. Click Insert. 

    paste GIF's URL

  5. Continue editing the letter and click Send when you're done. 

Now, let's take a look at the second method. 

Here's how to put a GIF in an email as a file:

  1. Note that simple copy-paste will likely result in a static picture. Hence, step one is to drag the GIF you like to your desktop or right-click on it and Save Image As.
  2. Then, open Gmail and click Compose. The editing window will appear.
  3. Drag your GIF file into the window. 
  4. Click Send.

How to email a GIF using Apple Mail 

The procedure for Apple Mail is pretty similar.

Here's how to insert a GIF into an email:

  1. Open Apple Mail and click on the Compose new message icon at the top of the window.

    Compose new message icon

  2. Then, simply drag and drop the GIF you want to send via email.
  3. Send a message.

    Send a gif in Mail

How to email a GIF using Yahoo 

It is even easier to send GIFs using Yahoo. This is because Yahoo Mail has a built-in GIF library and search function. You can attach an animated picture right while editing the letter without searching for or attaching any files.

Here's how to do it:

  1. Open Yahoo and then click the Compose button. 
  2. Click on the GIF icon in the bottom toolbar. 

    the GIF icon in Yahoo Mail

  3. Use keywords to search for a suitable image. 
  4. Once you find a GIF you like, simply click on it to insert it into your email. You can also drag the GIF to email if it is saved on your Mac.

    find GIFs in Yahoo Mail

As you can see, there's nothing too complicated in how to put a GIF in an email since any GIF is ultimately just a variation of an image file format.

How to add GIFs into email signatures 

A signature is the final part of your email. It usually contains your contact details, but you can customize it to your liking, for example, by adding a GIF file. This will make each message more personal and memorable. 

Add a GIF to your Gmail signature

To put a GIF in email signature in Gmail, follow these simple steps:

  1. Open Gmail on your computer and click the gear icon in the upper right corner. Then click See all settings.

    Gmail settings

  2. In the General tab, find Signature (scroll down for this) and click Create new.
  3. Give your signature a name. This is required so that you can make and distinguish multiple signatures. 
  4. Then, in the editing window, click on the image icon (Insert image). 

    image icon in Gmail signature options

  5. Add the desired GIF as a file (Upload) or link (URL). 
  6. Once you choose your GIF, don't forget to scroll down and click Save Changes at the bottom of the settings page. 
  7. If you want to choose a signature when composing a new email or replying to someone, click the signature icon at the bottom of the compose window.

    the signature icon in Gmail

Now you know the answer to the question: "How do I make a GIF my signature?".

Insert GIFs for each of your email account signatures with Apple Mail 

Inserting an animated image into an Apple Mail signature is as easy as inserting it into the body of an email. 

Here's how to add a GIF to your Apple Mail email signature:

  1. Open Apple Mail (look for the envelope app icon in the Dock).
  2. In the menu bar, click Mail > Settings.
  3. In the window that opens, find the Signatures tab. You will see a plus sign to add a new signature. Click on it. 

    Apple Mail signature settings

  4. In the signature editing window, enter the text you want, and then insert a GIF file (drag from Finder or use the Command + C, Command + V keys). 

    add gif to Mail signature

You can now add animated signatures to your emails. 

Insert GIF signature in Yahoo Mail

Now, we'll show you how to embed a GIF in an email signature for Yahoo. Note that the standard Yahoo signature editor doesn't allow you to insert such files, but there is still a way out.

To have an animated image at the bottom of your email, you must first create such a signature in other signature editors. These editors typically require you to enter your name, phone number, website, and some image, presumably a photo. However, instead of a photo, you can insert a GIF. After this, your signature will be available for copying.

What to do next:

  1. Open Yahoo Mail and click the gear icon. Then, click More Settings.

    Yahoo Mail settings

  2. In the left panel, click Mailboxes and choose your email address. 

    Yahoo Mail Mailboxes settings

  3. Find the signature editor and turn on the toggle. 
  4. Insert the animated signature that you created.

    turn on the animated signature

  5. Click Save. Now, the signature will be automatically added to every email. 

Bonus tip: How to manage your accounts 

What to do if you have several addresses in different mail services? Managing them can be time-consuming. In addition, you need to get used to different interfaces. There is a simple solution — install the Spark Mail email client for Mac.

Why Spark? Firstly, the app allows you to connect multiple accounts and manage them from one place. There are also several features that will make your work much easier. For example, the built-in AI assistant will help you write a letter in the right tone and without mistakes. Spark also has a number of tools that are useful for teamwork, such as collaborative email editing.

Spark Mail

Another great way to unify all your correspondence in one place is IM+. It allows you to read your messages from Gmail, Outlook, Facebook, Telegram, and dozens of other instant messengers. So, if you actively communicate with a lot of people and often miss important messages, then IM+ will definitely come in handy. 

IM+ all-in-one messenger

Another great option for a focused approach to your inbox management is Canary Mail. The app allows you to switch multiple accounts and group emails based on your preferences. However, its main feature is security. Canary Mail uses end-to-end encryption, so you can safely send any confidential information without fear of being hacked. 

Canary Mail

Create custom GIFs for your emails 

The internet is filled with GIFs. Maybe you've always wanted to make your own but didn't know how. Try Gifox. It allows you to make GIFs from an area of the screen or a window. This way, you can save a clip from your favorite movie or a short instruction and send it via email. Just a few clicks, and you have a new GIF you made yourself! 

create a gif with Gifox

With Gifox, you can also turn any video you have into a GIF. Here's how:

  1. Install and open Gifox.
  2. Click the Gifox icon in the menu bar.
  3. Click the Upload button.
  4. Choose the video you'd like to use for your GIF.
  5. Gifox will automatically turn your video into GIF.

We also recommend you try Downie and Pulltube to download videos from YouTube, Vimeo, Facebook, Instagram, Soundcloud, and other popular services. Both apps are very simple. Just paste a link to your video and start downloading.

save GIFs with Pulltube

And if you want to create a GIF from a video call with a friend, try Capto. It will help you record a video in seconds. After that, you can use it as material for your GIF.


Capto lets you customize what you capture, whether it's a specific window, a browser, or the entire screen. Capto's features include editing the final version of your video, adding audio tracks, cropping or trimming, and adding annotations and voiceovers. Overall, it's a versatile tool for all your screen capture and editing needs.

Where to find GIFs for emails 

If you don't want to create GIFs, you can easily find and download them. There are a number of different places where you can get GIFs, but some of the most popular GIF creators include GIPHY, Tenor, and Imgur.

How to email GIFs and optimize your workflow with Setapp 

Incorporating GIFs into your emails can add a unique touch and engage your audience. By following the steps outlined in this guide, you can easily learn how to email GIFs and make your messages more dynamic.

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