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Is there a way to view animated GIFs on an Android device? I searched the Market without success.

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I would suggest trying to open them with the browser application using a file manager. Install a file manager that lets you choose "Run with..." –  Wartickler Aug 27 '12 at 13:01

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A Google search shows me a lot of people have this question...looks like it's still an issue.

Although one post here says Image Viewer (with animation) v1.0 from Androlib.com helped (I have not tried it).

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I was hoping to avoid having to buy something, especially since my phone is caught in a sign in loop with my gmail account... google.com/support/forum/p/Android+Market/… –  OSMman Oct 23 '10 at 9:59
Sign in loop sounds like a very good question of its own... –  gary Oct 23 '10 at 15:40
You're right. It would have been, but I managed to fix it. What's the etiquette for answering your own question? –  OSMman Oct 24 '10 at 3:53
Feel free to just ask then answer. –  gary Oct 24 '10 at 10:50

Navigate to the location where the gif files are in Astro and open using Astro File manager. Tried on Jelly Beans.

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You can view them in Firefox by typing in the gif folders destination.

file:///mnt/sdcard/(name of gif folder)/

It'll bring up the items in that folder as a list. Bookmark the page and store all your gifs in that folder. Firefox is the fastest gif player (that I know of).

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Navigating to the folder the gif file(s) are in with another browser besides the stock Android browser works for me.

E.G.: if your gifs are in the Downloads folder, Open Firefox, go to address bar, type in: /storage/emulated/0/Download (it may auto-complete for you). You should get a basic Index of: ... page from which you can click on the name of the gif.

Tested with Firefox 21.0 and Chrome 27.0.1453.90 on a Nexus 4. Both browsers accepted /storage/emulated/0/Downloads, but Chrome gave an Access Denied error on the shorter path /storage/emulated/0.

I recommend making a bookmark of the page, for easier access in future.

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I use QuickPic and it has a rating of 4.7.

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The only app I've got that is able to run .gif files is Fast Image Viewer Free.

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Couldn't you have at least provided a link? –  Al E. Jul 26 '12 at 14:47

The Android browser will, but the image would have to be online somewhere. There's no way that I've found to open a local file in the browser. I suppose you could create an HTML file with the image and view it that way, but it seems a lot of hassle for little reward.

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Animated gif's don't work in the browser of Android 2.0. I guess I should have been more specific about what version I was using. –  OSMman Oct 23 '10 at 9:58
Well, there are alternative browsers you might try. I'm not currently using any of them, so I can't speak to how they handle animated GIFs. –  Al E. Oct 23 '10 at 16:41

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