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Convert YouTube to GIF on Windows, Mac, Android, iPhone and Online

Melissa updated on Sep 25, 2020 to Video Editing Tips | How-to Articles

Standing for "Graphics Interchange Format", GIF is an image file format commonly used for images on the web. Even though the GIF format was published a long time ago, it is still widely used nowadays. A GIF image can actually store more than 256 colors.

Since GIF is quite informative but, at the same time, smaller than a video file, many people want to convert YouTube to GIF. To help you change a YouTube video into a GIF, in this article, we provide you with several free GIF makers.

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Part 1. Convert YouTube Video to GIF on Windows

When it comes to converting YouTube to GIF on Windows, we must mention an application called EaseUS Video Editor. As one of the best GIF makers, it can not only cut, crop, rotate your videos, but also change YouTube videos into the file format you want, such as GIF, MOV, and MKV.

With EaseUS Video Editor, it is quite easy for you to turn your YouTube videos into a GIF. Download this application and follow the steps below, and you can change your videos into GIFs successfully.

Step 1. Importing Video File

After starting EaseUS Video Editor first thing to do is simply dragging the target file to the media library. You also can right-click on the file and left click import video to do the same thing.

Import Video

Step 2. Add to Project

The next step is adding video files to the project. After adding source file to media, you can either left-click on "Add to Project" or you can drag and place it.

Import Video

Step 3. Exporting the File

After adding a source to Project it will appear on the timeline. Then you can export the video file, it will direct you to another window.

Export video

Step 4. Save as GIF

In this window, under the video tab, you can select GIF to change its format. There are also AVI, MP4, WMV, WKV, MOV options. On the right pane, you can customize video name, output folder, output settings, and duration as you wish, and you click export after you finished.

Export video to GIF

Part 2. Turn YouTube Video to GIF on Mac

GIPHY Capture is the best way to create GIFs on your Mac. This free app is simple, powerful, and easy enough for even beginners. With this APP, you can Create your GIFs with just a couple of clicks. And it is very user-friendly, you can start and end the conversion with a simple click.

Download address: https://apps.apple.com/gb/app/gifgrabber/id668208984?mt=12

YouTube to GIF on Mac

This application captures GIFs up to 30 seconds, which is long enough for almost any purpose. Handling this APP is easy, you just need to follow the steps below.

Step 1. After downloading GIPHY Capture from the Mac App Store, open the software and a green square appeared onscreen.

Step 2. Load up the video that you want to create a GIF of and rearrange the box to fit the video perfectly. Then click "Start Recording" to start creating a GIF.

Step 3. Once your GIF has been captured, click the "GIPHY Capture logo" in the "Menu Bar" and select your GIF.

Step 4. When the conversion completed, you can then resize your GIF to make the file smaller, trim it, so it's perfect and even generate a URL for it, ready to be shared.

Part 3. Change YouTube Video to GIF on Android

If you are using a phone equipped with the Android system, GIF Maker - GIF Editor is a steady hand for you. With the help of this application, you can import a video with an URL from YouTube, and after conversion, you can export it back to YouTube.

To convert a YouTube video to a GIF, you don't need to pay so much effort. Download the APP from Google Play Store, and follow the steps below.

GIF maker

Download address: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.kayak.studio.gifmaker

Step 1. Launch GIF Maker - GIF Editor, choose a YouTube video from a local file or an URL.

Step 2. When the video is surrounded by a square, you can drag the border to adjust the size of GIF.

Step 3. Customize speed by slide the line on the screen.

Step 4. Click the "Add label" button to add text on the GIF.

Step 5. Click the "Effects" button to add filters.

Step 6. Click "Share via" to share the GIF to Facebook, Twitter and other platforms. Or, you can save it to the local file.

Part 4. Convert YouTube Video to GIF on iPhone

With the help of Video to GIF - GIF Maker, you can convert local and iCloud videos to GIFs, shoot new videos for your GIFs, or even use your YouTube URL to convert a YouTube video to a GIF. Besides, it also helps you to slow down or speed up your video, play it in reverse, add stickers and text, and save it to your local file as a GIF format.

Download address: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/video-to-gif-gif-maker/id1065396853

YouTube to GIF iPhone

To change a YouTube video into GIF successfully, you need to follow the tutorial below.

Step 1. Launch the application and click the "YouTube to GIF" button.

Step 2. Enter your YouTube video URL. Click "GIF Templates" to pick a GIF model.

Step 3. Wait for the application converting the video for you.

Step 4. After the conversion process is completed, share it with media platforms like Facebook and Twitter.

Part 5. Turn YouTube Video to GIF Online

ConvertFiles is an online GIF maker. If you don't want to download an APP, you could simply go to this website. It can help you make high-quality GIFs without watermark from YouTube, TikTok, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other sites. The process is simple. You just need to follow two steps to get your YouTube video converted.

YouTube to GIF online

Step 1. Paste the video link from YouTube to the appointed place.

Step 2. Click the "Get Video" button and wait.

Now, your video is converted, you can save it to your device or share it to media platforms.


To sum up, if you want to turn a YouTube to GIF, whatever the system you use, you can always find a tool to help you. In this article, we shared five tools, they are all useful, but you need to be careful while choosing. We must point out that EaseUS Video Editor is the best YouTube to GIF converter for most Windows users. If you are interested, go to the official website.


1. Can I make a GIF from a YouTube video?

Yes, you can make a GIF from a YouTube video, but not with your bare hands. You need to pick a useful tool to help you with that.

For Windows users, EaseUS Video Editor is the best choice; for Mac users, you could use GIPHY Capture; Android users could use GIF Maker - GIF Editor; iPhone users could download Video to GIF - GIF Maker. Also, there is a useful tool for people who want to convert files online - ConvertFiles.

2. How do I make a GIF from a YouTube video for free?

There are many useful tools that can help you make a GIF from a YouTube video for free, such as EaseUS Video Editor, GIPHY Capture, GIF Maker - GIF Editor, Video to GIF - GIF Maker and ConvertFiles. But you need to be careful about whether the one you choose is compatible with your device.

3. How do you make a GIF from a YouTube video on iPhone?

To make a GIF from a YouTube video on iPhone, I usually download the APP called Video to GIF - GIF Maker and follow the steps below:

Step 1. Launch the application and click the "YouTube to GIF" button.

Step 2. Enter your YouTube video URL.

Step 3. Wait for the application converting the video for you.

4. Can I turn a video into a GIF?

Yes, you can. There are many professional tools that can help you with that. You need to find one video editor that is compatible with your system and download it to your device. After that, you could use it to turn a video into a GIF.

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