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How to make gif smaller on Windows/Mac/Online

Melissa posted on Jun 30, 2020 to Video Editing Tips | How-to Articles

If you are looking to share with GIF images on social media, be sure to compress the file enough to allow it to be uploaded. For example, Twitter supports GIF uploads of just 15MB, anything big than that will need to be compressed into a smaller file size. Fortunately, there are many tools to compress your GIF images for you. Compressing a GIF image will not usually reduce image quality. Therefore, you don't have to worry too much about the quality. In this article, we will give you six effective GIF compressors. You may have a look at them and choose one to make your GIFs smaller.

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Part 1. How to make gif smaller on Windows

For Windows users, we recommend you to use the two GIF compressors below. These two applications are both capable of making your GIFs smaller. However, we must say that EaseUS Video Editor is undoubtedly the better choice for beginners. If you are not an expert in the field of computers, we suggest you choose this software.

Tool 1. EaseUS Video Editor

When it comes to making a GIF smaller on Windows, we must bring about EaseUS Video Editor. This video editing software for PC is designed especially for beginners. It can help you to convert file formats, like convert WMV to MP4, convert MKV to MP4, etc.

Moreover, as a video editor, it can mainly help you to edit your videos. For example, you may add elements like text, music, sticker, subtitles, filters to a video. Or, you can use it to make things, for instance, you may use it to make a slideshow with music. To make a GIF smaller with EaseUS Video Editor is quite simple, you just need to follow the steps below.

Step 1. Select the Correct Aspect Ratio

Launch EaseUS Video Editor on your computer, you will see three aspect ratio that you can choose. Select the one you need, and click it.


Step 2. Import GIF

Click the "Import" button to import your GIF, and then drag it into the timeline.

import video

Step 3. Export GIF

Click the "Export" button to export and save your GIF. Now you can make the GIF smaller by changing "Output settings". 


Tool 2. Shrink O'Matic

Shrink O'Matic is a drag-and-drop GIF processing tool that lets you choose images' output size, rotation, name, location, and image format. You may also use it to add watermark, choose image ratio, and other customization options. Besides, it can process multiple GIF images in batch mode.

Shrink O'Matic

Step 1. Import the GIF file you want to compress.

Step 2. Click "Size", you can adjust the width and the height within the size limit.

Step 3. You can also click "Rotation" and "Name & Location" to change the settings as you like.

Part 2. How to make gif smaller on Mac

We recommend Mac users to use the two tools below to compress a GIF file. One of them is a built-in application in Mac. The other is an application needs downloading and installation. You may choose one as you like.

Tool 1. Preview

Use the Preview function, and you may edit a GIF and reduce the size of a GIF file. The advantage of this software is that it needs no downloading and installation. You can just open your Mac and launch this application to make your GIF files smaller.


Step 1. Open your image in Preview (in your Applications folder).

Step 2. Go to Tools and select "Adjust Size".

Step 3. In the window that appears, make sure that the dropdown next to the image width and height says "Pixels"and notice the numbers displaying in the width/height fields.

Step 4. Go to the "Fit into" dropdown menu and choose an image size that is LESS than the current width and height of the image. 800x600 or 1024x768 are good options.

Step 5. Under the File menu, choose "Save As" and save your file with a different file name so that you don't overwrite your original image file.

Tool 2. Squash 2 for Mac

Squash lets you squish the file size of images without losing quality. Unlike many other free compression apps, Squash is updated and maintained by a professional team, which means it will always be updated to work with the latest release of macOS. No one likes to receive huge attachments via email, so you'd better make the GIF to be attached smaller. You can use Squash to reduce the file size to ensure safe delivery. Note that it requires Mac OS X 10.11 or newer. And it is compatible with macOS Catalina. The operation is quite simple, let's take a look at it.

Squash 2 for Mac

Step 1. Launch Squash and drop your GIF file to the appointed place.

Step 2. After the GIF is compressed, click "Save image". Or you can drag the compressed GIF out to your desktop.

Part 3. How to make gif smaller Online

If the tools we introduced above don't meet your needs, you may want to get to know some online tools. Here we recommend two online file-size changers to you. The things they can do are very similar. Therefore, you may choose any one of them in theory.

Tool 1. Kapwing

Kapwing is a content resize tool, and it is simple to understand and use. You can upload any GIF file or import a GIF from Giphy and your local file folder. Then, you just need to choose from three settings and export the GIF file. You can reduce the size of GIF chosen in "Settings", and then click the "Publish" button to save and share it.


Step 1. Upload the GIF that you want to downsize. You can choose a file here or paste a link from Giphy, Twitter, etc.

Step 2. Select your aspect ratio, cropping style, and background color (if applicable). This tool will allow you to change the aspect ratio of an animated GIF in just a few clicks.

Step 3. Hit "Publish", and Kapwing will process the resized GIF. You can save and share with friends for free.

Tool 2. Gifmaker

GIFMaker.org enables you to create animations in GIF format without any learning curve. You can make a funny GIF with your photos taken with your digital cameras or mobile phones in different sizes (e.g., 336×280 px, 728×90 px). You can also play, view, or edit a GIF animation on GIFMaker.org, it means that you can play a GIF with different speed or order, play it frame by frame, and you can change the size of GIFs. GIFMaker.org supports functions like make, resize, edit, play, view, reverse a GIF. Also, you may change the animation speed of a GIF, join/merge/combine two or more animated GIFs together.


Step 1. Click "Upload Images" to import the GIF you want to downsize.

Step 2. Under "Image Size", you may change the data as you like. You can also change Animation Speed, Repeat times here.

Step 3. Click "Create Animation" to create the new GIF. Now, the GIF is successfully downsized.


Now you have an idea about using tools to solve your problem of how to make a GIF smaller. All of these services can be useful in compressing a GIF. Thus, you may choose one tool that is compatible with your computer. However, please be aware that EaseUS Video Editor is the best choice for a beginner using the Windows system.

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