If you're already one of them, you can upload files in GIF format. But keep in mind that you can crop images after uploading them, but you can't crop GIFs. If you're trying to upload a gif as an avatar, make sure you have at least one Discord Classic subscription. Sometimes, the Discord server considers the gif as an image when it is loaded from the camera roll, so uploading it as a file solves the problem.
As this feature is implemented, Nitro users will have the option to create and upload custom profile banners that reflect their interests or personality. In that case, instead of uploading gifs from the gallery or internal storage, use a gif app like GIFY to upload or share gifs. This 600x240 banner can be as simple as a solid color or have an eye-catching animation to match an animated server icon. But for many users, a poor internet connection causes the gif to not load properly, and the Discord server gets a damaged gif file that it can't play.
You can coordinate the banner to match your profile picture, show off your favorite game character, or display a cool illustration. Turning on the option “automatically play gifs when possible” fixed the issue for desktop and Android users. Turn on “Automatically play gifs when possible” in the Discord settings to automatically play gifs. Please note that this is a different size than the standard 1920 x 1080 server banner that mods can use to set up a new Discord server.
In addition, this problem does not exist on mobile (perhaps partly because the GIF does not normally stay loaded for a long time). In some cases, your profile doesn't sync correctly with the Discord server, so gifs don't work or upload and cause problems. If, for some reason, the gifs don't play if you upload them from the camera roll, try uploading the gifs as a file. Open GIPHY and search for the GIF you want to edit, or tap the plus button at the bottom to access the GIFs from the camera roll.
I just got personal Nitro after a while without having it, and apparently my pfp gif doesn't play in a loop either, it looks like a regular photo until you check the profile. Gg makes it easy to find the best profile pictures and banners to use on Discord, Tiktok, Twitter and anywhere else.