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How to get an animated profile picture in Discord

So, have you decided to diversify your Discord profile? There’s a super opportunity to use GIF avatars. And this is where you’ll find out how to do it.

How to make an animated profile picture in Discord

You have to understand that Discord is a social network, although it has a slightly different format to which we’re accustomed. It’s more of a conference application, with a social network bias. It has customization of the profile, management of the list of friends, servers, and chats. The cool thing about discord is that most of the features are completely free. And the feature to put an animated avatar is one of them. Unfortunately, you can’t do it for free yet.

In order to make your profile unique, you need to subscribe to Discord Nitro. This is a kind of premium access to some of Discord’s features. Including additional customization.

How to set an animated GIF profile picture in Discord properly

As mentioned above, first you need to buy Nitro. Below is a guide on how to do this.

Get a Discord Nitro

If you already have Nitro, you can skip this step.

  • Firstly, open the desktop version of Discord and log in to your account
  • Once you’re on Discord, you need to go to your User settings
  • To do so, click on the gear icon next to your profile picture
  • After you’ve clicked on the gear icon, you’ll land on your User settings
  • On the left sidebar, you’ll see multiple options
  • Under the “Billing Settings” header, you’ll see a “Discord Nitro” option
  • Click on “Discord Nitro” to go to the Discord Nitro page
  • If you don’t have Discord Nitro, you need to click on Subscribe

So as soon as you open the price list for Nitro, you see that they offer you two plans: one for a month and one for the whole year (with it you save 16%).

However, if you don’t need it for the whole year, and you just want to try it out, then feel free to take the $10 monthly subscription.

Go to Tenor

Once you’ve chosen a plan and signed up, you can now look for your favorite gif for your avatar. The best option is to search for a gif via Tenor. You can do others like GIPHy etc, but Tenor is just the default search engine in Discord. So here’s a quick guide on how to do it:

  • Go to Tenor by clicking on this link https://tenor.com/
  • Once you’re on Tenor, search for a GIF that you want to use as your Discord profile picture
  • After you’ve found a GIF that you like, right-click it and click on Save image as…
  • Save the GIF on your computer

Customizing your profile picture

Now you need to set the saved GIF as your avatar. Here’s how to do it:

  • Go to your User settings on Discord
  • On the left sidebar, you’ll see bunch of options including “My Account”, “User Profile”, “Privacy & Safety”, and more
  • Click on User Profile to go to your user profile
  • On your user profile, you’ll be able to edit your Discord profile
  • Once there, click on Change Avatar to change your profile picture
  • Now, you need to find the GIF that you’ve saved and select it
  • Once you’ve found the GIF, click on it, then click on Open to select it

As soon as you choose the desired gif as your avatar, you’ll get an editing window. Here you can change the scale of your picture. Adjust it to your liking and confirm.

And you’re done!

Is it possible to get an animated profile picture without Discord Nitro

Unfortunately, if you don’t have Discord Nitro, then when you upload a GIF file as your avatar, the latter won’t move, but look like a normal JPG. So you will have to pay for a moving picture.



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