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Posting photos or GIFs on Twitter

Posting photos or GIFs on Twitter for iOS
Posting photos or GIFs on Twitter for Android
Posting photos or GIFs via web
Advanced photo options
Frequently asked questions

To post a photo or GIF in a Tweet on Twitter for iOS:

  1. Tap the Tweet icon 
  2. Tap the camera icon  to take a photo, or to choose a photo or GIF from your gallery. (Tip: Read about how to include a video in your Tweet here.)
  3. To search for and select a GIF from the GIF library, tap the GIF icon  (Note: Animated GIFs cannot be included in Tweets with multiple images. You can send only one GIF per Tweet.)
  4. Once a photo or GIF is selected, the image will attach to your Tweet in full size. You can select up to 4 photos to Tweet at once. 
  5. Tap Tweet to post. Your Tweet’s character count will update to include the pic.twitter.com URL for your photo(s).
    Tip: You can also send photos and GIFs in Direct Messages. You can find more information here.

To post a photo or GIF in a Tweet on Twitter for Android:

  1. Tap the Tweet compose icon 
  2. Tap the camera icon  to take a photo, or choose a photo or GIF from your gallery. (Tip: Read about how to include a video in your Tweet here.)
  3. To search for and select a GIF from the GIF library, tap the GIF icon  (Note: Animated GIFs cannot be included in Tweets with multiple images. You can send only one GIF per Tweet.)
  4. Once a photo or GIF is selected, the image will attach to your Tweet in full size. You can select up to 4 photos to Tweet at once. 
  5. Tap Tweet to post. Your Tweet’s character count will update to include the pic.twitter.com URL for your photo(s).
    Tip: You can also send photos in Direct Messages. You can find more information here.

To post a photo or GIF in a Tweet via the web:

  1. Type your Tweet into the box at the top of your Home timeline, or click the Tweet button.
  2. Click the Media button to upload a photo or GIF from your computer. (Tip: Read about how to include a video in your Tweet here.).
  3. To search for and select a GIF from the GIF library, click the GIF icon (Note: Animated GIFs cannot be included in Tweets with multiple images. You can send only one GIF per Tweet.)
  4. Once a photo or GIF is selected, the image will attach to your Tweet in full size. You can select up to 4 photos to Tweet at once.
  5. Click Tweet to post. Your Tweet’s character count will update to include the pic.twitter.com URL for your photo(s).
    Tip: You can also send photos and GIFs in Direct Messages. You can find more information here.

Advanced photo options:

Editing a photo
If you are Tweeting from the Twitter for iOS or Twitter for Android app, you can enhance, apply a filter, crop an image, and add stickers to a photo once you select it.

Adding a sticker to a photo
If you are Tweeting from the Twitter for iOS or Twitter for Android app, you can add up to 25 stickers to a photo, once you take or select an image. To add a sticker to an image:

  1. Tap the Tweet compose icon ( on iOS,  on Android).
  2. Tap the camera icon  to take a photo or to select one from your camera roll. 
  3. Tap the sticker icon  from the selected photo to launch a library of stickers to choose from. Tap your selected sticker(s). Once placed on your photo, hold and drag the sticker with your finger to move to your desired position. 
  4. To tilt, enlarge, or shrink a sticker: Place two fingers on either side of the sticker and turn the sticker clockwise or counterclockwise to rotate, or slide your fingers apart or together to resize. 
  5. If you’d like to remove a sticker from a photo, press and hold on the sticker, then drag it to the bottom of your screen until the trash can icon  appears.
Note: Once you have Tweeted your photo with stickers, you cannot edit the image. Additionally, you cannot edit stickers when Retweeting someone else’s photo.


Tagging people in a photo
Tap Who’s in this photo? to tag people. Type in a full name or an @username and then tap Done. (Note: Tags cannot be applied to animated GIFs.)

Tagging location
When you select a photo or GIF, you may see Add location and a list of suggested locations under the image. To tag your photo or GIF with a location, tap Add location to select a location from a list, or tap one of the locations suggested based on your current location or the location where you took the photo. You can also search for a location by tapping the location marker icon  or by tapping Search location.

Note: To remove the image file you selected, click or tap the x on the image thumbnail (or next to the file name). To remove a tag, tap the tag and then the backspace or delete button. You can only do this before you Tweet the photo. You can’t remove tags from a photo once it is Tweeted.

Frequently asked questions:

What are the size and file type requirements?

  • Photos can be up to 5MB; animated GIFs can be up to 5MB.
  • We accept GIF, JPEG, and PNG files.
  • We DO NOT accept BMP or TIFF files.
  • Your photo will be automatically scaled for display in your expanded Tweet and in your user gallery.

Why doesn’t my animated GIF play on Twitter?

Twitter supports looping GIFs. If your animated GIF doesn’t loop and plays a single time, it will display as a static image.

How can I search for a GIF when composing a Tweet?

After tapping the Tweet compose button on the iOS or Android app, tap the GIF button to open the GIF library. You can search for GIFs by entering various keywords in the search box, or you can look through the auto-displayed categories to choose a GIF.

Can I add images from my 3rd party keyboard app?

If using the Twitter for iOS app, it is possible to copy and paste images, emojis, and GIFs to Tweets and Direct Messages from 3rd party keyboard apps.

To add an image, emoji, or GIF on iOS:

  1. When composing your Tweet or Direct Message, tap on the text field to bring up your iOS keyboard.
  2. Tap and hold the globe icon  and select the 3rd party keyboard you wish to access.
  3. Tap and press the image, emoji, or GIF you’d like to use. When prompted that the image has been copied, tap and hold on the text field.
  4. Tap Paste to add the image.

How do I delete a photo?

You can delete a photo by deleting the Tweet that contains it. Once a Tweet is deleted, the photo will no longer be available from Twitter. However, please note that it may still be cached in some browsers, apps, and servers.

My Tweets are protected. Are my photos protected, too?

If your Tweets are protected, only your followers will be able to see your photos in your Tweets. Please note that your followers may download or re-share links to photos that you share in protected Tweets. Links to photos shared on Twitter are not protected. Anyone with the link will be able to view the content. If you don't want anyone to see your photos on Twitter, we suggest you delete the Tweets containing those photos.

My Tweets are protected. Can I still tag or be tagged in a photo?

If your Tweets are protected, you can tag anyone who follows you. By default, other users can’t tag you in a photo. However, if you wish to allow other users to tag you, you can adjust your account Settings.

What is the difference between a tag and a mention?

Tags appear on photos in Tweets, and mentions can appear in any type of Tweet. For more information about mentions, click here.

How do I remove myself from a photo I’m tagged in?

To remove your name or username from a photo(s) you’re tagged in, tap into the detail view of the Tweet:

  • From Twitter for iOS: Tap the more icon  and select Remove tag from photo
  • From Twitter for Android: Tap the overflow icon  and select Remove photo tag

I don’t want to be tagged in photos. How do I change my settings?

You can change who can tag you in a photo by visiting your Security and privacy settings tab on twitter.com or via Settings in the Twitter for iOS or Twitter for Android apps.

To change your settings using Twitter for iOS:

  1. From the Me tab, tap the gear icon
  2. Select Settings
  3. Tap Privacy and content.
  4. Under Privacy, tap Photo tagging and swipe to enable or disable photo tagging.
  5. If you enable photo tagging, you can adjust your settings so that Anyone can tag me or only People I follow can tag me.

To change your settings using Twitter for Android:

  1. In the top menu, you will either see a navigation menu icon  or your profile icon. Tap whichever icon you have, and select Settings.
  2. Tap Privacy and content.
  3. Next to Who can tag me in photos, check the box to make your selection: You can select Off to disable photo tagging, or you can enable photo tagging by selecting Anyone or Only people I follow.
Note: Please allow up to 30 minutes for changes to your photo tagging settings to take place.

Where can I see the photos I’m tagged in?

Tweets with photo(s) you’re tagged in will be listed under Notifications in the Notifications tab. If you follow the person who has tagged you, the Tweet also be visible in your timeline.

I don't see a list of suggested locations. Why?

The ability to tag a photo with a location is only available in the Twitter app for iOS or Android. You must have location services enabled on your device before Twitter can suggest locations. For instructions on how to enable location services on your device, read this article

What happens to the Exif data for my photo?

When your location service is enabled and you select to tag a location in your Tweet, Twitter refers to the Exif data of a photo to show suggested locations. Twitter does not store the Exif data from your photo. It is not available to those who view your photo on Twitter.

Will all images appear in search?

Photos included in public Tweets may show up in Twitter search results. Photos posted in protected Tweets and deleted photos will not show up in Twitter search results.

Can I share videos on Twitter?

Yes! Take a look at this article for information about sharing and watching videos on Twitter.

Why do I sometimes not have the option to search for a GIF in my Twitter app?

Depending on your mobile connection, searching for a GIF may not be available from time to time. If you find you cannot search for a GIF through the media library, you can still upload a GIF that is saved to your phone’s photo library.

Can I search for photos on Twitter featuring specific stickers?

Yes, you can view search results of public photos featuring a sticker(s). When you see a photo with a sticker in a Tweet, click or tap on the photo to expand the image. Then, click or tap any sticker on the image to be redirected to search results of public photos featuring that particular sticker.