8 Easy Ways to Solve Gifs Not Working on iPhone (iOS 13 Supported)

Certain problem can occur immediately after an iOS 13 update and recently users have reported that Gifs are not working on iPhone. It is important to note however that this feature is only available in some countries and if you are not in one of these countries, it may not work regardless of the steps you take.

But if Gifs had been working on your device and are now failing after an update, this article offers you 8 different ways to fix the issue.

Back up Your iPhone Before Fixing

Before we suggest any solutions to fix Gifs not working on your iPhone, we must point out that some of the ways to repair the device may cause data loss. Therefore, it is important to backup all your data before attempting any of the solutions.

You can back up all the data on your device using iTunes or iCloud before you begin fixing the device. If you would like an additional safety net for your data, you can use FoneGeek iOS Data Backup & Restore, a third-party backup tool that will allow you to create a full backup of your iPhone data on your computer.

Once you have a full backup of all your data, you are now ready to begin fixing the device.

How to Fix Gifs Not Working on iPhone

The following are just some of the most effective solutions to help fix Gifs not working on iPhone;

1. Fix Gifs Not Working on iPhone Without Data Loss

Like we mentioned before, some of the methods we will use in this aricle to fix the Gifs not working issue can cause data loss. But there is one solution that is effective, easy to use and will protect the data on your device. This solution is FoneGeek iOS System Recovery and it is designed to fix all iOS related issues. The program can fix the device without any data loss and you don’t have to be technically savvy to use it.


Here’s how to use FoneGeek iOS System Recovery to fix Gifs not working on iPhone;

Step 1: Install FoneGeek iOS System Recovery on your computer and then launch the program. Click on “Repair” to select it and then connect the device to the computer using USB cables. You may need to unlock the device if you are running iOS 13 or later.

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Step 2: Choose "Standard Mode" and then follow the on-screen instructions to put the device in DFU/recovery mode which will allow the program to detect the device. Once the device is detected, the program will detect the model and present the necessary firmware for that device. Click on “Start” to download the firmware.

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Step 3: Once the download is complete, the program will begin repairing the device immediately. Keep the device connected to the computer until the process is complete. The device will restart and the Gifs should be working normally again.

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FoneGeek iOS System recovery is very highly rated by some of the top tech blogs and highly praised by those who have used it to fix their devices.

2. Disable Reduce Motion

When you tone down some of the animations on your device, you can save battery, but also increase the devices performance and maybe even fix the issue. Here’s how to do it;

Step 1: Open settings on your device and then tap on General > Accessibility.

Step 2: Tap on “Reduce Motion” and toggle it off it is enabled.

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3. Turn on #Images

You need to turn on #images for Gifs to work properly, so you need to check if it was turned off accidentally. Step 1: Go to Settings > Cellular.

Step 2: Locate #images and if it turned off, turn it on.

If you don’t see this option, it is possible that you are in a region where Gifs are not supported. If you don’t see #images, change the region to UK and then back to US. Restart the device and change the language to English (UK).

4. Restart the Messages App

Restarting the Messages app is another way to get the Gifs working normally again. Here’s how to restart the app;

Step 1: If the messages app is open, close it. Double tap on the home button to open the recently used apps.

Step 2: Locate the messages app and then swipe upwards to close it.

Step 3: Wait a few seconds and open the app again to see of the Gifs work.

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5. Update iOS

Updating your device to the latest version of iOS 13 is one of the best ways to eliminate software glitches and bugs that could be causing the Gifs not working on iPhone program. Here’s how to update your device;

Step 1: Open Settings on your device and then tap “General > Software Update.

Step 2: If an update is available, tap “Download and Install” and wait for the device to complete the update.

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6. Re-Add the iMessage App

Re-adding the iMessage app might also be a good way to fix Gifs not working. Follow these simple steps to do it;

Step 1: Open any conversation in iMessage and then tap on “A”.

Step 2: Tap “Edit” in the top right corner and then remove an app.

Step 3: Now download the iMessage app and set it up again.

7. Factory Reset Your iPhone

If the common solutions above don’t work, you may need to factory reset the iPhone. This method will work to eliminate any settings or data that could be causing the issue. Follow these simple steps to factory reset the device;

Step 1: Go to Settings > General.

Step 2: Tap “Reset” and then select “Erase all Contents and Settings”.

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Step 3: The device may ask you save all the content on it to iCloud. Once you’ve done that tap “Erase Now” to begin resetting the device.

When the process is complete, set up the device and check if the problem has been resolved.

8. Restore iPhone in iTunes

You can also restore the iPhone in iTunes to remove any settings that can cause the issue. Here’s how;

Step 1: Connect the iPhone to the computer using USB cables and then launch iTunes.

Step 2: Select the iPhone when it appears in iTunes and then click on “Restore iPhone” under “Summary”.

Step 3: Click on “Restore” again and iTunes will erase the device and install the latest iOS version on it.

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Once the process is complete, the device will restart. You can set it up and check if the issue has been resolved.

Tip: Recover Lost Images from iPhone

There is a chance you will lose some of the images on your device if you use one of the methods above to repair the device. Restoring the lost images from your iTunes or iCloud backups could mean that you lose current data on the device. To avoid this problem, use FoneGeek iPhone Data Recovery to recover the missing images. It is one of the most popular tools for data recovery because it allows you access into iTunes and iCloud backups, allowing you to select the data you want to recover. You can also use it to recovery data directly from the iOS device without backup.


To use FoneGeek iPhone Data Recovery to recover your missing images, install the program on your computer and then follow these simple steps;

Step 1: Open this software and then select “Recover” in the main window. Click “Recover from iOS” and then connect the iPhone to the computer using USB cables. When the program detects the device, click “Next” to continue.

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Step 2: In the next interface, select “Photo” as the type of data to recover and then click “Start Scan”.

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Step 3: The program will scan the device for existing and deleted photos. Once the scan is complete, all photos will be displayed on the next window. Select the photos you want to recover and then click “Recover to Computer”. Select a folder to save the recovered photos.

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You can then move the photos back on to your device at your convenience.


The methods outlined here can be very useful when faced with the Gifs not working on iPhone issue. Select a solution that you can trust and follow the steps to fix the problem. If you have any questions or comments regarding this topic or any other iOS related issue, use the comments section below to let us know and we’ll do our best to help.


By Joan J. Mims

Posted on Aug 08, 2019, 21:58:38

Joan J. Mims is interested in researching all tips about iPhone, iPad and Android. He loves to share useful ideas with all users.