Facebook will animated your Profile Picture from a seven second video clip[external_link_head]
Facebook has made some MAJOR changes to your Profile Picture.
The decade-old social network, which was visited by a billion users on a single day back in August, has today introduced support for animated profile pictures.
Facebook users will be able to record a short looping video, similar to a Vine or animated GIF, to use as their profile picture for the first time.
The new animated Profile Pictures are being trialled in the UK – so don’t expect to see the new GIF-style profile pictures filling your News Feed just yet.
But if you want to test out the new GIF format you need an Apple device running the latest version of iOS and Facebook.[external_link offset=1]
If you are one of the lucky few who has got the trial functionality, you can get started on your new picture by simply navigating to the More tab in the bottom right-hand corner of the movie app.
Facebook GIF Profile Pictures
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Select your Profile – if your picture is located in the middle of the page, then you have been updated to the new app.
The redesigned profile page will also prompt you to add a new summary bio.
To use a GIF on the page, tap on your Profile Picture, as if you were going to upload a bog-standard static snap.
The new animated Profile Pictures are being trialled in the UK on iPhone
There should be a new flashing record icon, which allows you to shoot up to seven seconds of video, or edit seven seconds from an existing video in your Camera Roll.[external_link offset=2]
The brand-new looping video will auto-play without sound. Although the sound will kick-in if you click on the profile.
Within this new Creative Suite editing feature for the Profile Picture, users are able to add emojis, texts and other SnapChat-esque customisations to the standard Profile Picture.
Facebook is introducing a number of changes to Profile Pictures
If you have the latest hardware from Apple, this could be a good opportunity to trial one of the new Live Photos, specific to the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus.
Cover Photos have not been changed as part of this latest update.