Collect your GIFs. Share them. Love them! If you're a GIF connoisseur, then you need an app that's as serious about them as you are. That's where GIFwrapped comes in.

• Use iCloud or Dropbox to add new GIFs and sync your collection. Keep your GIFs on multiple devices and have a backup in the cloud. The digital cloud. No one keeps GIFs in real clouds anymore, everything gets too wet.
• Use the bundled Messages app to share GIFs from your Library with your friends in seconds. No muss, no fuss.
• Drag and drop GIFs en mass to and from GIFwrapped. Drag them all! Drag them good!
• Find new GIFs using Giphy powered search! Just bang in a phrase like "cat" or "lumpy space princess" and be prepared for pure awesome to rain down on you from the heavens.
• Import GIFs, Bursts, and Live Photos from your Photo Library. Save them back to Photos, too, if that's your jam.
• Use an extension to quickly save images to your library! It's not sexy or anything, but it is super easy and probably fun by someone's standards!
• Preview GIFs in standard or retina quality. It all depends on whether you like pixels or not.

Upgrade your GIF game even further by subscribing to GIFwrapped Premium for US$3.49 per year (may vary from country to country), which unlocks awesome features, removes ads, and supports an independent creator.

• Turn off ads. I hate 'em as much as your do, but a guy's gotta eat.
• Bookmark searches for easy access the next time you want them. These things are important for those GIF standoffs your's somehow always getting into.
• Reuse, and recycle, your search history as a list of bookmarks, so revisiting the past doesn't need to involve time travel… or memory.
• Additional information about images within the Into panel, including number of frames, duration, and more. That way you can know your GIFs inside and out.
• Turn off the embedded watermark in Bursts and Live Photos. I mean, liking GIFwrapped is one thing, but to plaster the logo over GIFs of your pets? Probably a bit much.

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What’s New

Version 2020.12

The time has finally come to deal with iOS 14, so I've done the work to make sure that GIFwrapped properly supports it. Don't get too excited: for now, it's literally a matter of "was it showing an error? GUESS I HAVE TO SUPPORT THAT", so if you were hoping with all your heart for some kind of widget or something: prepare to be very disappointed.

While we’re on the topic of disappointment, let me unload a little more bad news on y’all: support for iOS 11 and 12 is going away in the very near future. In fact, I fully expect this to be the last release to support them, unless something major breaks.

Now… as far as this release is concerned:

- I added support for iOS 14’s limited Photos permission, so if you choose it, it should correctly show results based on what you specifically select, because that’s how the limited permission works.

- The method for pulling frames from video while converting to GIF stopped working as of iOS 14; not because it's deprecated or anything, just because that sort of nonsense happens (what is life without DRAMA). Good news is that I've had a secondary option waiting in the wings, which might even be slightly faster (but is less… battle-tested), and I've activated it so that things can keep on trucking.

- I was still seeing some crashes when image metadata was being updated, so I reworked some things to reduce the possibility for errors to occur, which should make the whole thing more stable… again. I call this method the stab-about-in-the-dark-until-you-hit-something form of debugging.

- I’ve noticed for a while—particularly after an iOS update—that downloads from iCloud could sometimes just get stuck, and no amount of resetting or force quitting would sort things out. So I did what any sane person would, and created a custom console app to run on my iPad so that I could get some insight into what was happening, and finally managed to sort it out.

- The paging feature available to Premium subscribers had a small flaw: as you paged through, GIFs wouldn't always stop animating as they went off screen, which means higher-than-expected CPU and memory use. I adjusted the way pages are loaded, only ever allowing GIFs to play when they're actually on screen, because otherwise, what's even the point?

- There I was doing some spring refactoring (as you do), when I discovered that the save/sort button wasn't being updated as one might expect, meaning that the button for saving a search (a Premium feature) likely wouldn't show up when a search went through, and if it did somehow appear, it likely wouldn't leave. I hooked it up correctly, and now it should do the thing you'd actually expect it to do.

- The fact that GIFs have a configurable number of loops (i.e. that it's not always infinite) is easy to miss, and as such, it's a bit of information that has been missing from the info screen for far too long. Since I need to pull that information out anyway (for the new and hopefully improved GIF playback), I figured it was high time I actually made it visible. No need to thank me or anything.

- I've not run into a lot of cases where images could be discovered but not downloaded… however, in cases where the server was producing HTTP errors for an image download, the response would often be entirely misinterpreted. So I wrote an error message for every HTTP status code that exists. Easy peasy lemon squeezy.

- When updating my remote configuration setup a release or two back, I managed to accidentally hardcode the wrong file as the source, which isn't exactly ideal. Wired in the right variable, and now it's like I actually know what I'm doing. WHODATHUNKIT

As always, you can send an email to or a tweet to @gifwrapped if you’re runing into problems, or if you’d just like to share your thoughts. My ears and heart and DMs are open to hear from you.

Until next time, remember: this too shall pass.

Ratings and Reviews

3.4 out of 5
280 Ratings

280 Ratings

ApOfBeAnEx ,

Recent update a disaster!

Original at bottom. The latest update brought back all my GIFs, thank goodness, most of them 4 times. So I did have to spend a significant amount of time deleting the duplicates. However, its functionality seems to have been restored and the developer had been pretty responsive. I'll add more stars after future updates go smoothly.

Original 1-star:
I used to love this app but the recent update had failed on every level. The first time I opened it I elected to turn on iCloud synch and ALL MY GIFS were gone. I closed all my apps, turned my phone off and on and now I can't get passed the "Synch to iCloud" screen. Very, very worried that I have lost everything.

ChazwickB ,

Great idea and execution; Responsive and kind developer

This app such a fun, wonderful idea that I didn’t know I needed. GIFs remain one of the most enjoyable forms of digital self-expression, and GIFwrapped makes it easier than ever. The few bugs I experienced at the recent new version’s launch were quickly addressed. It’s important to understand that software development isn’t necessarily easy, and changing one thing can easily introduce bugs that would have been impossible to anticipate sometimes. If you haven’t done your part as a user of the app and contacted the developer for support and to report the issues you experienced, then it is unfair to leave a negative review based on those bugs. Give them a chance. And I can tell from my experience so far with this app, that they will do their best to resolve the issue and probably kindly inform you what went wrong too. I’m impressed with the support and service. That is to say nothing of the excellent panel design that is becoming an important player on iPhone apps, and the ability to access your library from the Files app. Yeah there are some bugs but if you reach out to the developer or even just read the release notes, it will be apparent that they are working hard to make this product the best it can be. Thanks for making this! 🙏

gpd21 ,


UPDATE - after I’ve lost my entire gif library twice, I can no longer say this is an app I’d recommend. The first time was due to a confirmed bug in the app. The second time was because the app added a toggle for iCloud access a number of versions before it could actually back up to iCloud. I enabled access and thought it was backing up there, but it was not. When I asked the developer why they’d request access to a person’s iCloud and not use it for backups or anything else clearly stated, I got no response. So that’s both sketchy AND the app has failed me twice at the one thing it’s supposed to do: store a collection of gifs.

Original review
Great app - there was a real need for this sort of thing when it first came out and this filled the void. Not over cluttered with unneeded functionality but has all the basics you'd want (store gifs, share sheets, import/sync functionality).


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Daniel Farrelly
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Requires iOS 11.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.



Age Rating
Infrequent/Mild Realistic Violence
Infrequent/Mild Mature/Suggestive Themes
Infrequent/Mild Profanity or Crude Humor
Infrequent/Mild Sexual Content and Nudity
Infrequent/Mild Alcohol, Tobacco, or Drug Use or References
Infrequent/Mild Cartoon or Fantasy Violence
Unrestricted Web Access
In-App Purchases
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  2. All the Things $9.99


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