iPhone had been long not supporting to preview and play GIFs directly on the device. By now, iOS 11 has made it feasible to check out GIFs on iPhone, so you might have stored quite a number of cute and interesting GIFs. However, it's strongly recommended to transfer GIFs from iPhone to Mac in case of data loss.
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Actually, Mac is unable to play GIFs directly. Therefore, I'd like to introduce some tricks to preview GIFs on Mac with no need to download third party apps. Please keep reading and learn your way around.
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Step 1. Hook up to the Program
When done installing iOS Transfer on Mac, please launch the software and connect your iPhone to it with USB cable. When iPhone is detected, you can see related information like Name, Type, Capacity, Version, and Serial Number.
Step 2. Preview GIFs on iPhone Transfer
Now, please select "Photos" on the left panel and choose the desired album to launch. Here are all the photos stored on your iPhone. You can double-click the image or right click > Preview as to check out the GIFs before the transfer.
Step 3. Start Transferring GIFs to Mac
After previewing the images, please make up your choices. The software is able to export one or multiple items at a time. If you'd like to migrate all the photos, you can right click and choose "Check All" option. Then, please go to "Export to" > "Export to Mac". The process takes time in accordance with the size of files being transferred.
Also, there is another shot t o take. As the official way to share content between Apple products, you can try this way to export GIFs to Mac. Convenient as AirDrop is, it's far from powerful as FonePaw iPhone Transfer in terms of various data transfer. To see how it works, let's kick off.
Step 1. On Mac, go to "Go" > "AirDrop" and allow me to be discovered by "Everyone" at the bottom of the interface.
Step 2. Open "Photos" app on iPhone.
Step 3. View your images and select desired GIFs you like to export.
Step 4. Now, tap on the share button on the lower left.
Step 5. Choose the icon of your Mac under "Tap to share with AirDrop" title.
Step 6. Click on "Accept" or "Open in Photos" on your Mac.
To be honest, the current Mac operating system doesn't support to view GIFs in a direct way. Therefore, for those who want to look up GIFs on Mac, they have to try in other ways.
Step 1. Navigate to the GIF(s) on Mac.
Step 2. Don't directly open the image, instead, just click once on the GIF. (Don't double-click)
Step 3. Now, tap on the "Space" key on the keyboard and you can see the GIF shows.
Step 1. Open the file in which GIFs are stored.
Step 2. Double click to open a certain item.
Step 3. Though the preview is still, it becomes dynamic when you keep holding down the "↑" or "↓". If you take a close look, you'll know that the dynamic effect is made up of a series of still images.
To secure your favorite GIFs, you'd betterdo a full back for iPhone (opens new window) from time to time. If you need any further help, welcome to FonePaw.