Trevor Stinson

App recommendation: GIFwrapped

Create your personal GIF library

Have you ever searched for a GIF, found exactly what you wanted, used it… and then had no idea where to find the same GIF the next time you needed it? I do it all the time.

Sometimes it’s a matter of finding the best version of a GIF. Others, it’s a matter of finding anything remotely resembling what you know you’ve used before. Either way, relying on GIFs to stay where you found them is not sustainable. GIFs disappear, even from Giphy.

GIFwrapped is a purpose-built app for building your own GIF library. This is what I want; not just a folder in Dropbox or an album in Photos. The built-in search first looks in your library, then offers to use Giphy if you don’t find what you need. Once found, GIFs can easily be added to your library. You can also add GIFs from other sources. There’s even a tool for combing your Apple Photos library to find gems previously lost to time. GIFwrapped syncs its library to a Dropbox folder so that you never lose a GIF, even if you stop using the app.

Tip: Don’t try to build your library in advance. Lean on the search feature and add GIFs when you use them. Using GIFwrapped is similar to using Giphy. The difference is that your search results become better and quicker over time, and GIFs you love won’t disappear.

GIFwrapped is free on the App Store, with in-app purchases to remove ads and provide additional features. Everything described here is included in the free version.