Have you ever wondered how animated GIFs find their way to email signatures? Given how intimidating it already sounds, this might be challenging, but we'll discover more about that in this article.

GIFs in emails are one of the strategies top marketers use to grab the recipient's attention. It makes an email stand out and makes it possible to call a customer to action based on what the email entails. So we will focus on animated email signatures in this article.

How to Insert a GIF into Your Email Signature?

To begin with, you must create the GIF, which can be done with a few tools or programs. You can use professional software like Adobe Photoshop. You can also use specialized GIF software, which is much easier to use on PC and Mac and includes GIF Brewery 3, Wondershare, and ScreenToGif.

In addition, there are online resources like Ezgif, Makeagif, and Imgflip, which are excellent choices for those of us with limited time. But you might have issues with quality as the GIFs generated online aren’t that spectacular.

Note: We recommend hosting the GIFs separately. You can use them as linked images to avoid several challenges associated with spam filters or email size.

Let's look at how to add animated signatures in Gmai and Outlook.

a. How to add an animated signature in Gmail?

Follow these instructions to add an animated email signature to Gmail.

  • Initially, you must log in to your Gmail account.
  • Click the gear icon with the cursor in the top right corner of the screen.
  • To find the "signature" section in the settings menu, either scroll down and use Ctrl+F to search for it.
  • Select "add image" with your cursor where you want the GIF to appear.
  • Utilize the Google interface to upload the GIF. You can either click the "Select a file from your device" button and look for the GIF on your local drive or drag and drop your file into the window.

Note: By using specialized generators like my signature, you can use GIFs to create a more formal or intricate signature. Numerous templates are available, and you can select one, upload a GIF, add your information (name, company name, bio, social media links, animated banner), copy it, and then paste it into your Gmail message.

b. How to add an animated signature for Outlook

These detailed instructions will show you how to create animated email signatures in Outlook.

  • Start Outlook.
  • Enter "email signature" by clicking the gear icon.
  • Specify a name for the new signature you're adding, or if you already have one, edit it.
  • To upload a GIF, click the image icon.
  • Drag the animation by its corners to resize and relocate it.
  • To save your results, click OK.

Which email clients support animated GIFs?

GIF support is built-in to the majority of popular email clients, including Gmail, Outlook, and Apple Mail. However, this might not always be the case if you are using a previous version of these clients.

Desktop ClientResult
Apple mailSupported
Lotus Note 6, 7 and 8.5Supported
Outlook 2003, expressSupported
Outlook 2007Not Supported
Outlook 2010Not Supported
Outlook 2013Not Supported
Outlook 2016Not Supported
Outlook 2019Supported
Outlook for Mac 2011Supported
Windows Live Mail 2011Supported
Web-based ClientsResult
AOL WebSupported
Yahoo MailSupported
Mobile Email ClientsResult
Android (default)Supported
Android (Gmail)Supported
Windows Mobile 7Not Supported

Note: If a GIF is not supported, the client will only display the first frame of the animated logo.

Why Put an Animated Logo in Your Email Signature?

To ensure the success of your email campaign, you must do everything possible when sending emails to make an excellent first impression.

A well-designed animated GIF is one of the easiest and most efficient attention-grabbing tricks, so consider including one in your email signature. An animated email signature makes your contact information pop up.


If your goal is to get a customer's attention with the first email you send to them, an animated email signature will speak a thousand words at a glance.