How To Convert Your Twitter Icon Into An Animated GIF

Animated avatar’s are back from the last time it was stopped. This was approx two years back when animated Twitter avatars were no longer allowed. The company claimed, GIF avatars were never supported, even though users had countless tutorials for sneaking past the limitation.

For Twitter users already sporting GIF avatars, like Mr. GIF and Buzz Feed’s Katie Notopoulos, they could keep their animation so long as they didn’t change it. Thanks to the Twitter API escape found by Indonesian programmer Citra Kasuma, GIF avatars can now be added back. Below are the six simple steps which you can follow –

  1. Go to and click on the “Sign in with Twitter” button.
  2. Plug in your Twitter credentials.
  3. Choose “Edit Profile.”
  4. Select your GIF animation.
  5. Once your avatar has been uploaded, visit Twitter settings -> Apps and revoke access to the app. You can also change your password, in order to prevent your account from being compromised in the future.

For better results, the size of the GIFs should be 128px, 192px, or 384px; without transparent background and less than 250kb. Don’t select a long GIF, since Twitter has a file size limit of 700KB. You must also ensure that you’re happy with the first frame of your GIF. Most of the GIFs will animate in the Twitter’s Web timeline. Depending on the browser you’re using, the size of the GIF and whether the app is working properly, your success may vary.

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