Tinder is more than just a dating app. It is a social phenomenon that has taken over the world. Sometimes when you are chatting to someone, you can’t express yourself only through words. GIFs are a new medium of communication, mostly recognized by younger generations.
Tinder is packed with adolescents, so it’s a perfect platform for GIFs. GIFs have been a part of Tinder since 2017, but some users are still struggling with this feature. This article will show you how to find the best Tinder GIFs for nearly any situation.
How to Send GIFs on Tinder
Sending GIFs on Tinder is actually very simple. Thanks to the collaboration with Giphy, you can send GIFs on Tinder as you do on other social media, like Facebook. You can download Tinder for free from Google Play  or the official App Store .
When you install and update Tinder to the latest version, you can start matching with people and chatting with them. To start sending GIFs, you need to enter the Messages screen on Tinder and start a chat.
You can try out sending a GIF messaging a friend or your possible crush. When you open the chat, the GIF button will wait for you to the left of the Message field. When you tap on the GIF button, you can search for the GIF you’d like to send.
The best keywords for GIF searches are emotions or people, if you are looking for a specific GIF of an actor, movie, song, etc. Most of the GIFs you can find on Tinder are appropriate for this dating platform.
When you find the perfect GIF, you can tap on it and it will be sent promptly. However, if your internet connection is slower, it might take a few seconds.
The Best Situations for Sending Tinder GIFs
Not all situations are appropriate for sending GIFs on Tinder. You need to figure that out on your own. If it feels right, you are probably good to go. Sometimes GIFs can express your feelings better than words.
If you figure out that your match has something in common with you, you can send them related GIFs. This might brighten up their mood and possibly get you closer together. While some GIFs might be funny, witty, or good ice breakers, others might be inappropriate. Again, it is up to you to decide.
You need to assess the reaction your match had to the GIF you sent. Maybe sending multiple GIFs in a row isn’t a good idea. If there was no reaction, definitely refrain from sending them GIFs in the future.
The Best Tinder GIFs
The best Tinder GIFs are difficult to describe. They vary from situation to situation. Even though big, Tinder’s GIF library might be small for true GIF aficionados.
If that’s the case, your best bet is to search Giphy. Search for categories appropriate for the context. If you think your match will like it, you might as well start with the “flirting” tag. Just type this in the search field on Giphy. You will get hundreds of results and surely some of them will click with your match.
You can ask for their favorite actor through casual conversation and later on send them a GIF with their movie line or joke. For example, you can search for Dwayne Johnson and there will be hundreds of quality GIFs at your disposal. There are also countless GIFs with other popular actors and actresses.
Maybe something more Tinder appropriate is the “cute” keyword. If your match likes cats, search for cat GIFs, if he or she is a dog lover use dog GIFs, etc.
Besides, you can almost never go wrong with a funny GIF. Find one that’s related to the situation. GIFs from popular TV shows and cartoons are a pretty safe bet. If you want to spur a conversation that’s going a bit stale, a completely random funny GIF might save the day.
If your match is a sports fan, hit them up with a GIF of their favorite team. If you’re in a cheeky mood, you can also send them a GIF of the rival team to spice up the conversation.
Of course, if your match is a romantic soul, you should pick a romantic GIF. If you’re having troubles finding one, ask a trusty friend to help you choose. Be cautious and don’t push it too hard, you don’t want to come off as desperate or, worse yet, creepy. Also, it is not advisable to send romantic GIFs until you’ve established a contact with your match.
In case your match is sarcastic and edgy, GIFs containing dark humor, witty insights, and gritty quotes are also a good idea. Think Rick & Morty, Breaking Bad, and Dr. House. Futurama and South Park also have their fair share of gritty quotes and dark jokes.
Spice Things up with GIFs
Give it a little tiem and effort, and you can find a good GIF for nearly any situation. Just don’t spam your match with GIFs, because it might turn them off if they’re not that much into GIFs. You know that messaging your match is a delicate process.
Well, sending GIFs is as delicate as that. Maybe the best solution is to go with the flow and be creative. What are your favorite GIFs? Tell us in the comment section.