Can You Use GIFs as a Discord Banner?

Are you one of the many users of the popular chat platform Discord? If so, you may be wondering if you can upload files in GIF format as your profile banner. The answer is yes, but there are a few things to keep in mind. When you upload a GIF, it will appear animated in the preview, but once you save the changes, it will become static. Sometimes, the Discord server may consider the GIF as an image when it is loaded from the camera roll.

To fix this issue, try uploading it as a file instead. Additionally, you can turn on the option “automatically play GIFs when possible” in the Discord settings to ensure that GIFs play properly. If you're having trouble with GIFs not loading properly due to a poor internet connection, try using a GIF app like GIPHY to upload or share them. This is a different size than the standard 1920 x 1080 server banner that moderators can use to set up a new Discord server.

In some cases, your profile may not sync correctly with the Discord server, causing GIFs to not work or upload properly. If this happens, try uploading the GIFs as a file instead. If you're trying to upload a GIF as an avatar, make sure you have at least one Discord Classic subscription. Finally, if you're an iOS or iPadOS user and having trouble with GIFs not playing, try turning off Reduce Motion from your device's settings.

Steve Fleshner
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