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Creating apps for your own burst images has been made available to third-party iOS apps. Fortunately, with shortcuts, Apple's automation workflow app, there's finally a way to achieve this without spending any cash.

One of the actions available in the Shortcuts app for iPhone is "Make GIF." With this action, you can turn GIFs from another linked to action, such as "Get Latest Bursts," with just a few taps. However, instead of doing so, it is easier to do so.

This shortcut will work iOS 12 and have the original Workflow app. However, this means no Siri integration, which is reason enough to update to iOS 12 or higher with Shortcuts.

Step 1
: Add the 'Burst to GIF' Shortcut

Launch the Shortcuts app on your iPhone, then tap on the "Gallery" tab. Next, tap on the search field, type "GIF," then find and select "Burst to GIF" from the list.

Next, tap on "Get Shortcut "to install it. Once this shortcut has been added, go to the "Library" tab to find it. To view what's involved in the workflow, use 3D Touch to peek then pop into its editing flow. So you can just tap the ellipsis (•••) inside the "Burst to Gif" if you do not have 3D touch.

Step 2: How Well It Works

Tap on the play button near the top center of the screen to test it out. A page will appear asking for "Choose Image," where the "image" here is a set of burst photos of which you can only see the representative image for the group.

Burst mode, which is triggered in.

Burst mode, which is triggered in.

Burst mode, which is triggered in the camera app while holding a finger on the shutter button while taking a photo in either photo or square mode with the rear or front facing camera. The group is a sequence of photos taken at a rate of ten frames per second.

On the "Choose Image" page, tap the burst you want to convert into a GIF, which will immediately trigger the conversion process. The next quick-look screen wants to show you the resulting animated image. In the top right corner, you'll see the "Share" icon, which lets you share it in the usual ways – via mail, your preferred social media app, your go-to messenger app, etc. So, you can save your GIF How to Turn Burst Photos into GIFs on Your iPhone ” width=”532″ height=”532″ style=”max-width:532px;height:auto;”/>

 How to Turn Photos into GIFs on Your iPhone

Done "label up to finish up. However, if you do not share or download the GIF file, the GIF will be lost, and you'll need to start again since the preview is that.

Step 3: Add the Shortcuts Widget

Want easy access to this shortcut? Then add it as a widget to your Today View screen. Swipe right from the first screen home page to access your widgets. (Widgets are also available on the lock screen and drop-down window.) Scroll to the bottom of Today View, select "Edit," tap the plus (+) icon next to Shortcuts, then choose "Done." And that's it.

Step 4: Create a GIF with the Shortcuts Widgets

If you set up the Shortcuts widget as explained in Step 3, either the swipe right from the lock screen, the pull-down notification center, or the first home screen page. Next, tap "Burst to GIF" in the Shortcuts widget. How to Turn Burst Photos Into GIFs on Your iPhone ” width=”532″ height=”532″ style=”max-width:532px;height:auto;”/>

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You can also access "Burst to GIF" from the 3D Touch menu on the home screen. Just 3D Touch the Shortcuts app icon, then select "Burst to GIF." This will take you directly to the workflow in the app. However, unlike in the widget, you can not see all your shortcuts this way, so you may have to reorganize the shortcuts into your "library" in shortcuts to see the ones you want in the 3D Touch widget.

Step 5: Set Up & Use a Home Screen Shortcut

You can also add a home screen shortcut. In the "Burst to GIF" workflow in the Shortcuts app, tap on its Settings icon in the top right. Next, tap on "Add to Home Screen," which will open a link to the shortcut in Safari. Finally, Add this to your home screen like any other webpage.

Create a Siri Shortcut for It

Siri shortcut Settings page. Tap on "Add to Siri," then either tap the red button to record a shortcut phrase audibly or choose "Type Phrase" and type it in, then tap "Done." How to Turn Burst Photos Into GIFs on Your iPhone ” width=”270″ height=”270″ style=”max-width:532px;height:auto;”/>

 How to Turn Burst Photos into GIFs on Your iPhone
 How to Turn Burst Photos Into GIFs on Your iPhone

Step 7: Automate Saving Your GIFs

Now that you've made the shortcut and have made it easier to access, you can now tweak the workflow.

Currently, the last action in the workflow is "Quick Look," which generates a preview of the GIF. Recall that when Quick Look is triggered, the Share button is in the top right corner. If you tap on "Done" without choosing any sharing options, the GIF is gone.

It's an action called "Save to Photo Album," and it does just that. "Quick Look," so swipe up the actions menu at the bottom, then search for "Save to Photo Album" under Scripting . You can just type in "Save" in the search field to find the entry right away.

Tap-and-hold on this action, then drag-and-drop it into place below the "Quick Look" line. By default, the album to which the GIF wants to be saved is "Camera Roll." Tapping on "Camera Roll" opens up a menu in which you can decide where to put your GIFs. For instance, you can create an album just for GIFs in the Photos app, then choose that album in this script. How to Turn Burst Photos into GIFs on Your iPhone ” width=”270″ height=”270″ style=”max-width:532px;height:auto;”/>

 How to Turn Photos into GIFs on Your iPhone

Do not forget that photos will automatically categorize your media. Thus, if you scroll down to the Media Types section in Photos on the "Album" tab, you should find your saved GIFs in the "Animated" folder. Similarly, if you ever want to see which pictures of yours are bursts, there is a folder called "Bursts" in which photos will automatically place search images.

Now, after adding the action, when you next do this shortcut, everything Want to be the same – except that after you tap on "Done" on the "Quick Look" screen, the GIF will automatically save your camera roll.

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So, "Save to Photo Album" immediately follows the " Make GIF "action. I would say this saves even more time because the "Quick Look" screen is bypassed. Done on the "Quick Look" screen.

Step 8: Change the Shortcut's Properties

You can also fine-tune other details in the workflow. Let's look at each action and see what we can change.

The first action box, "Get Latest Bursts," aggregates your burst photos. The default is set at "20 bursts," which means you'll see the past 20 burst groups you took. If you prefer to see more bursts (ie, older shots you captured), then tap on the plus (+) in the second line of the action to increase the maximum bursts shown when you first trigger the shortcut.

The second action box, "Choose from List," is what you can to choose from your burst photos. By default, neither "Select Multiple" nor "Select All Initially" are toggled on. I would leave "Select All Initially" toggled off, which does not seem useful as it means all burst images will be selected by default – resulting in a GIF of all these burst images stitched together. Deselecting even a dozen images is time-consuming.

However, toggle on "Select Multiple" can be useful and fun. This means you can choose multiple burst photos to convert at once. The result is as follows: GIF of all the selected photos. This is, in a sense, editing potentially two or more different frames for a more cinematic or narrative effect.

Finally, the third action box, "Make GIF," allows us to tweak the GIF itself. "Seconds Per Photo" gives us control over the length of each frame. The current default of 0.1 is aligned with the 10-photos-per-minute burst mode speed.

Toggling off "Loop Forever" means the GIF will stop once the frames run out. GIFs are at their most amusing when on loop, so I usually leave this on (which is the default anyway). Toggling off "Loop Forever" reveals a new option, "Loop 1 Time." Tapping on the plus (+) allows you to set a specific number of loops, which may come in handy if the GIF you create depends on a unique repetition for effect (eg, three times for the charm meaning) .

"Auto Size" is toggled on by default, and this is what I prefer. Toggling it off means you can choose the exact number of pixels for the width and height.

For example, one square burst stitched with two rectangular bursts will result in the square image being stretched out. Vice versa, if the rectangular burst is in the minority, it will look compressed. "Gain is adequate (500 x 500 for square bursts, 376 x 500 for normal bursts)."

Cover photo and screenshots by David Chien / Gadget Hacks