I really love messaging with the use of plenty of funny GIFs as they truly rev up messaging experience. What I can’t say even in hundreds of words, a cool GIF says it all with a lot more clarity. That’s the beauty of using it while communicating with friends, isn’t it?
There is a pretty smart Android widget called “GifWidget” which allows you to place GIFs on your home screen. Such is its elegance that as soon as I had a look at the widget, I couldn’t help giving it an instant try on my Android smartphone.
GifWidget is available in two versions. While the free version allows you to add one GIF at a time, the Pro one (priced at $1.05) doesn’t have such restriction.
Willing to place a nice GIF on your Android’s screen? Let’s get started with it!
How to Add GIFs to your Android Device’s Home Screen
Step #1. First off, you have to install GifWidget on your device. You can find GifWidget app on Google Play Store. The process of adding a GIF is same as adding any widget to your home screen.
Step #2. Simply, long-press on an open section of your home screen to bring up the page settings. You will see an option “Widgets” or something like this as per your Android version/skin/launcher. You have to tap on it.
Step #3. Next up, you need to scroll through the drawer till you see GifWidget.
Note: You can add the GIFs even at small spaces like 1×1. If you don’t have much space on your home screen or want to have a larger GIF, you will need to add another page to your home screen.
Step #4. You have to long-press on the GifWidget icon. Now, you will have three options -Search Device – To find GIF on your device. Search Giphy – To find free GIF on Giphy. Use existing – use the ones that are already there. Tap on Search GIF and then select your favorite GIF one you like.
Step #5. After you have chosen a GIF, you can set GIF to low, medium, high, or source quality. Tap on “Create” in order to bring the GIF to your device home screen.
Step #6. Size Your GIF. You will have to drag the dots around the GIF in order to set height and width.
You have the option to set it as tiny as 1×1 or as large as to cover the whole screen of your device.
That’s done! The GIF will now start playing on your home screen.
How to Delete GIF on Android
If you ever no longer want to see GIF on your home screen, you can easily get rid of it.
Step #1. Long-press the widget and then drag it to the Remove icon.