How to Send GIFs in Slack

If you work on a Slack team, you might be interested in sending GIFs in the group chat. GIFs are perfect for adding a little spice to a boring text conversation. This article will show the different ways to send GIFs in Slack.

How to send GIFs in Slack without adding add-ons

You can share GIFs by extracting them from the GIFs websites and sharing them on Slack, then send them as a link or upload the GIF in Slack. The process is the same for web, computer, and mobile Slack versions.

  1. Select a GIF from an online GIF search engine of your choice. In this case, we’re using GIPHY.

    Select the GIF from Giphy
    Select the GIF from Giphy,
  2. Click on Share and select the Copy GIF link.

    Copy the GIF link
    Copy the GIF link
  3. In your workspace, pick the channel or team member to whom you want to send the GIF.
  4. Paste the link in the messaging section, then click on the paper plane icon to send.
    Paste the copied link in the messaging section.

    Slack will send the GIF.

    The GIF is available in the conversation section
    The GIF is available in the conversation section.

How to upload GIFs in Slack

  1. Select a GIF from an online GIF search engine. Next, right-click on the GIF and click Save image as…, then save the image on your computer. Note: If you already have the GIF on your device, you can skip this.

    Save image to the computer
    Save the image to the computer.
  2. In your workspace, pick the channel or team member to whom you want to send the GIF.
  3. Select the + icon in the messaging section and select Upload from your computer.

    Upload the GIF from the computer.
  4. Click on the GIF you want to send and select Open.

    Add the GIF from the computer
    Add the GIF from the computer.
  5. Click on Send.

    The GIF has been uploaded
    Slack uploads the GIF.

How to Send GIFs in Slack using GIPHY

To save yourself time, you can add the GIPHY app to Slack. Once you add it, all workspace members can use it to send GIFs.

Note: You can only add GIPHY on Slack’s desktop or browser version. However, after integration, you can also use GIPHY to send GIFs on the mobile app. 

How to add GIPHY to the Slack workspace

  1. Go to Slack, and launch your workspace by clicking on Launch Slack.

    Launch Slack workspace.
    Select the workspace you would like to use.
  2. Click on the drop-down icon next to your workspace name.
  3. Go to Settings & administration and select Manage apps to add a new app.

    Manage apps in Slack.
    Hover over to app management.
  4. Type “Giphy” in the search bar and click on the app.

    Type Giphy in the text field
    Type Giphy in the text field
  5. Click Add to Slack in the new window.

    Add Giphy to Slack
    Add Giphy to Slack.
  6. On the next page, click Add Giphy Intergration.

    Add the Giphy intergration to enable the use of slash command
    Add the Giphy integration to enable the use of the slash command.
  7. Customize the integration settings, then click Save Intergration.

    Customize Giphy settings
    Customize Giphy settings.

How to Send GIFs using GIPHY

Slack allows you to send GIFs using this slash command

/giphy
    1. Select the channel or team member you want to send the GIF to.
    2. Type the slash command followed by a phrase in the messaging section:
      /giphy <insert caption>

      For instance,

      /giphy its monday

      Add Giphy slash command in the messaging section
      Add Giphy slash command in the messaging section.
    3. Giphy will display a random GIF in the conversation section. Click Shuffle, and Giphy will show you another GIF. If you like the GIF, click Send.

      Shuffle the GIF
      Shuffle the GIF.
    4. Slack will send the GIF to the channel or the team member.

      The GIF is sent to the channel members
      Slack sends the GIF to the channel members.

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