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You know what? Words are overrated. GIFs are basically a higher form of conversing. Only problem is, sometimes you just don't have the right GIF for that one moment, and then what? You're stuck. Stuck like a pig in soup (is that a thing? that might not be a thing).

GIFwrapped is the app for lovers of GIFs and those looking to cultivate a personal collection of ready to go GIFs for sharing online or via iMessage. You can also search for new GIFs through Giphy, or import from your photo library.

• Designed for iOS7. Like pretty much all the apps these days. It's not really a feature, more of a statement.
• Use 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, they're just not secure.
• Share animated images via iMessage super fast. You can literally have a GIF in your message in like three taps. Four if you're feeling generous.
• Preview GIFs in standard or retina quality. It all depends on whether you like pixels or not.
• 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 from your Photo Library. I mean, if all else fails, you can always save images to your Photo library. But to give them the opportunity to fully shine, import them using the Photos tab, so you can be enthralled by their animations for hours!
• 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! There's a lot of sad people out there, you know.

Please note: I cannot respond to questions asked in reviews. Support requests and questions can be sent to, or you can talk to @gifwrapped on Twitter. If all else fails, there are contact details within the About section of the app that should help you get in touch.

Or you can send a note attached to your trained chicken. Can you train chickens? I figure someone probably has.

What's New in Version 1.2.2

Things get super crazy sometimes. Imagine you're a squirrel and you're abducted by aliens that look like hairbrushes. They take you back to their home world, where everyone lives in peace and harmony, but there's something sinister lurking beneath the surfa… wait, where was I going with this? Looking back over the last couple of sentences, maybe I should just move on and talk about things I've changed, yeah? All in favour? GOOD.

• A couple of messages in the Photos section had rogue buttons smelling up the joint. I humanely disposed of them, and while I was at it, cleared out some of additional cruft that was contributing to the smell.
• The Library sort order now gets properly saved and more importantly retrieved when you restart the app. So, you know, you can always sort the way you want. No one's gonna judge.
• Turns out there was still a way to end up with leftovers when you cleared a query in the Search tab. Occasionally the app would get duplicate results back from Giphy and that was sending things all screwy, and now it won't. Friggin' duplicates.
• There was a bunch of unused code hanging out in weird alleyways and shady bars, and I took a hose and cleaned up the streets. Really scrubbed em' until they were shiny. I'm not sure the analogy is really working anymore, but you get the drift.
• If you tried to sort a library that wasn't linked with Dropbox by "Last Modified", you might be surprised to find that it's exactly the same as sorting by name. Turns out that's not necessarily true, and now we can call this one solved, and get back to business.

Oh, right. I remember where that weird squirrel story was going before. Apparently the metadata wouldn't be saved after the app was initially migrated (yeah, more of those migration issues), and everything would fall to pieces when the app was closed. To solve this (and potentially the other issues), I've implemented what I dub PLAN SQUIRREL ALPHA:

• Save the metadata after migration is complete.

Yeah, it's good, right? I came up with it myself. Also PLAN SQUIRREL ALPHA is a two part plan, so it gets better:

• The app will now attempt to find any orphaned files (files that weirdly exist without the metadata that usually accompany them), and move them back to the Documents directory (which is accessible from iTunes File Sharing).

This should hopefully assist with restoring some users' libraries, and help restore my squirrel honour. I also plan on improving this with an additional feature, but for now it's a start. We can begin the healing process and get people back on the road to sharing GIFs.

Now, since there's little (nothing) that you could do to import GIFs from File Sharing after they're recovered, I also decided to release a new feature a little earlier than planned: In the top left corner of the library, you'll find an import button. This opens the iOS Document Picker, with a couple of sweet custom additions:

• If GIFwrapped detects a compatible image in the clipboard, the "Clipboard" option will import it directly to your library. I know, I know… FINALLY.
• The "iTunes File Sharing" options allows you to use the feature of the same name to drop GIFs into your library, and allows you to import multiple images at once. As a bonus, the images recovered by PLAN SQUIRREL ALPHA will end up here, so you can reimport them super quick.

Until we meet again.



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Customer Reviews

Please Fix The Bugs.

Sometimes it closes while a gif is trying to load. Other times I try to open it and it closes in probably three seconds. Most of all there are gifs it won't load and when I try to add them to my library either it closes, it can't load them or it says that there aren't any in my photo app.

my go-to GIF app

The latest version of the app continues to work great on my iPhone 6, and its Dropbox sync function allows me to control and manage my own collection better than any other GIF app I’ve tried. Highly recommended.


This is exactly what I wanted. Finally an app for your Dropbox gif folder. I liked it so much I bought the IAP to disable ads even when the dev forgot to enable them to start.

I use this app all the time. Well done.

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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
  • Free
  • Category: Entertainment
  • Updated:
  • Version: 1.2.2
  • Size: 4.3 MB
  • Language: English
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You must be at least 17 years old to download this app.
  • Unrestricted Web Access
  • Infrequent/Mild Mature/Suggestive Themes
  • Infrequent/Mild Profanity or Crude Humor
  • Infrequent/Mild Realistic Violence
  • Infrequent/Mild Sexual Content and Nudity
  • Infrequent/Mild Alcohol, Tobacco, or Drug Use or References
  • Infrequent/Mild Cartoon or Fantasy Violence

Compatibility: Requires iOS 8.3 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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