The ancient GIF format isn’t going away anytime soon. With the birth of social media and memes, the three-decade-old format for lightweight, looping, sound-free animation has found a new lease on life. There are better formats for capturing animation, but none so widely supported.

You don’t need fancy editing software on your PC or Mac to make a GIF. All you need is your iPhone. While there are lots of ways to make a GIF with your iPhone, these three should cover most of your needs.

Save Live Photos as GIFs

Live Photos capture a couple seconds of animation on either side of the picture you take. Hold down on them, and you can see it animate. To capture Live Photos, press the concentric circles at the top of the camera app.

You can turn these into GIFs using the Photos app that came preinstalled on your iPhone.

1. Open the Photos app and find the Live Photo you wish to turn into a GIF. You can find them easily by choosing Albums at the bottom of the app, the scrolling down to the list of Media Types. Live Photos will one of the selections.

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You can easily find all your Live Photos in by browsing your Albums.

2. Once your live photo is selected, drag it upwards. You’ll see a list of Effects, a map showing where the photo was taken, and related image categories.

3. Select either the Loop or Bounce animation.

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Drag your Live Photo up, select Loop or Bounce, and share. It’s that simple.

That’s all you need to do! If you open the Share menu to send the GIF in an email or use in a Tweet, it will send it as a GIF. Back in the Albums screen, under the Media Types header, you’ll see Animated as one of the options. You can find all the Live Photos you’ve turned into GIFs there.

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