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How to share GIFs and search for emoji in Gboard

Gboard (formerly Google Keyboard) is probably the best keyboard you can use for Android, and thankfully it is preinstalled on many handsets sold today, even those not made by Google.

One of Gboard's best little-known features is the ability to share GIFs straight into the text box of certain apps, as well as search for emoji when you just need to quickly find the perfect character. Here's how to do both.

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How to search for and share GIFs in Gboard

Note: App must support GIF sharing, otherwise the option will be crossed out and unavailable.

  1. Open the app that you want to send a GIF.
  2. Tap on a text box The keyboard should appear.
  3. Long-press on the Comma button (a smiley face should be in the background).
  4. Swipe up to select the blue smiley face.
  5. In the emoji selection screen, tap on GIF button.

  1. Select GIF from carousel, or scroll through categories to choose a different one.
  2. If you can't find the right GIF, tap Search GIFs above the carousel.
  3. Type in search term.
  4. Select chosen GIF.
  5. Press send or enter button above keyboard.

How to search for and share emoji in Gboard

  1. Open the app that you want to send a GIF.
  2. Tap on a text box The keyboard should appear.
  3. Long-press on the Comma button (a smiley face should be in the background).
  4. Swipe up to select the blue smiley face.
  5. In the emoji selection screen, tap on Search emoji.

  1. Type in search term.
  2. Select perfect emoji from search results.
  3. Press send or enter button above keyboard.

Which apps support GIF sharing?

Right now, only a small number of apps support GIF sharing from Gboard. The list is growing, so check back here often.

Do I need to be running a particular version of Android to access GIFs on Gboard?

No! Well, yes, but you probably are running a phone with that version. See, Google initially launched the feature with support for just Android 7.1, but in an update to Gboard, Google backported the feature to support Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and above, which comprises over 90% of the Android ecosystem.

Questions?

Can't get it to work? Got an app that supports GIF sharing? Let us know in the comments!

Daniel Bader was a former Android Central Editor-in-Chief and Executive Editor for iMore and Windows Central. 

17 Comments
  • Not sure Twitter supports gboard gifs, it doesn't for me anyway. When I go to write a tweet the gif section of gboard has a line through it.
  • Telegram also supports gifs from Gboard
  • Thanks!
  • Is there a trick to get this to work on the apps listed above? Allo is the only one that would let me search a gif. Twitter, Slack, Hangouts and Messenger all have a line through the gif icon. On the Pixel running 7.1.1.
  • Weird... are you sure you're running the latest version of Gboard?
  • 6.0.78.144029707-arm64-v8a is the version I have and no update available in Play Store.
  • Just updated to the January system update, still the same.
  • 6.0.79... Is the latest version. You can get it here:
    www.apkmirror.com/apk/google-inc/gboard/gboard-6-0-79-144029707-release
  • Updated but still not working, rebooted after installing.
  • Odd. Did you check APK Mirror to see if all the apps were up to date? The only one I don't have working is Twitter. Allo, Hangouts, Messenger, and Signal all working fine. LG V20, rooted, stock based ROM.
  • This appears to be a very rare problem. I've been in contact with Google support since december with a 24 long email thread doing troubleshooting, reboots, reinstalls and factory resets on my Pixel XL, 6P, and 6. The line still persists on the Gif button.
  • GIFs also work with Signal.
  • Awesome!
  • Its not working for me on hangouts
  • Pulse works
  • Android Central doesn't support GIFs...
  • Do it doesn't work within stock keyboard on Samsung Galaxy Note 8? I get unable to attach message