How to Add an Animated Profile Picture on Facebook

Did you know that you can add an animated profile picture on Facebook? Well, this is actually true and I will show you today how to exactly do that in this post. Over the period, Facebook has rolled out many updates for profile pictures like you can add a temporary frame to Facebook profile picture, or even add a temporary profile picture, and so on. But, one of the most significant updates for profile pictures by Facebook is that you can now add an animated profile picture.

Facebook actually allows you to film a short and looping video which you can set as your profile picture. This looping video will play similar to an animated GIF for all the users who visits your profile. Unfortunately, the looping video is not a GIF and Facebook also says that you can’t upload a GIF to set it as your animated profile picture. But, do not worry as the looping video is extremely similar to that of GIFs. Apart from that, you can also import a short video from your phone storage and set it as the profile picture.

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Please do note that you can only add an animated profile picture using the official Facebook mobile app (Android and iPhone). The web application doesn’t support recording looping video.

How to Add an Animated Profile Picture on Facebook:

Step 1: At first, open up the Facebook app on your Android phone or iPhone. Then tap on the “Hamburger” icon and then select your profile. After that, the profile page will open up and you will see an “Edit” option on your profile picture.

Step 2: Simply, tap on this option and then a menu will pop up with various options like Add Frame, Take a New Profile Video, Select Profile Video, etc.

Step 3: Now, to record a looping video, you have to select the “Take a New Profile Video” option. As soon as you do that, the built-in camera will appear and you can press the “Record” button to capture a 6- seconds looping video.

Step 4: After you’re done recording the looping video, you can tap the “Edit” button to trim and crop the video. Apart from that, you will also see the option to make this looping video as your profile picture temporarily.

Step 5: When you’re all set simply hit the “Next” button to proceed. Now, the looping video will upload automatically and you will see the video on your profile picture playing similar to an animated GIF. Now, all your friends who visit your profile will also be able to see your new animated profile picture.


If you want to stand out on Facebook, then one of the thing which you can do to impress others is that you can add an animated profile picture. Adding an animated profile picture on Facebook is pretty easy, but if you’re new to this then you can refer to this tutorial such that you can do the same without any hassle.

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