A Very Dumb Yet Amusing iMessage Prank: Infinite Typing Indicator GIF

Dec 4, 2013 - 37 Comments

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Now that the iMessage protocol supports animated gifs, you can play an incredibly stupid prank on your friends by sending them this amusing animated image of the infamous “typing” animation that plays when the person on the other end of an iMessage conversation is in the midst of a reply.

All you need to do is send someone a message or two that suggests a juicy reply is coming.. then copy and paste the animated gif below of the ‘typing’ indicator, which loops continuously, and send that instead of another message:

iMessage sending animated gif

The result; it looks like you are typing for 200 years, possibly an eternity, as the recipient waits ever impatiently for a reply.

iMessage prank

Give it a try, it’s good fun, an entertaining prank, and it’s pretty harmless (though it might stress someone out that you send it to, they’ll think you’re writing a thesis to them if they don’t figure out it’s a prank!)

Here is the same image shown as a slightly larger size (ie; larger tap target) so that it can be easier to save to your iPhone, iPad, or Mac. For iPhone and iPad, simply tap and hold on the image and choose “Save Image” or just Copy it, then paste it into the recipients Message thread. For Mac or PC, right click the image and cnd choose “Save As” :

iMessage typing indicator animated gif prank

Oh and yes because the animated typing indicator is also on the Mac, you can use the same prank to Mac users too by sending it to anyone with macOS or Mac OS X too, but if you really want to play a (terribly horrible no good) prank on a Mac user, give them a fake kernel panic with this.

This little trick comes from the appropriately named site “Miscellaneous Mischief“, and though it made the rounds about a month ago, I wasn’t convinced it would work until someone played the prank on me today… so if I fell for it, then I’m sure other iPhone and iPad users will too.

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Posted by: Paul Horowitz in Fun, iPhone


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  1. Lily says:

    I had to send it to my friends. The got a message alert so they knew it was just a gif. But funny. If you type in a letter and don’t send and leave it there for like 2 months, it will show the … Thing and not show it is a gif b/c it doesn’t do the alert.

  2. Chelsi says:

    It doesn’t work in messengerπŸ˜­πŸ–•πŸ”«

  3. Tobias says:

    I have do this befor and its amazing

  4. Joshua roberts says:

    Add me on my Facebook my name is Joshua Roberts I’m Filipino

    How can I send small because is end it to my gf its so big

  5. Deez nutz says:

    Btw it’s Halloween 😌

  6. Deez nutz says:

    It works
    1.hold it down and paste
    2.go to iMessage
    3.go to one of ur friends
    4.hold down on the message bar untell it says paste and click paste and send it😊😊😊😊😊

  7. Kayla says:

    I was fighting with my friend and she wouldn’t text back so I left her there with it XD

  8. Hannah says:

    Does it work on iPad mini?

  9. J kole says:

    It doesn’t work if Santa doesn’t have an iPhone

  10. Bob says:

    Didn’t work

  11. Brenna says:

    I got my sister good with it she said “ok plz stop”

  12. Funny says:


  13. Tyce says:

    This really works thank you!! πŸ˜„πŸ˜„πŸ˜„πŸ˜„πŸ˜„πŸ˜„πŸ˜„πŸ˜„πŸ˜ŽπŸ˜ŽπŸ˜ŽπŸ˜ŽπŸ˜ŽπŸ˜ŽπŸ˜ŽπŸ˜ŽπŸ€‘πŸ€‘πŸ€‘πŸ€‘πŸ€‘πŸ€‘πŸ€‘πŸ€‘. #πŸ˜€

  14. john says:

    can you make the latest FB typing gif I want to prank someone. . . . .

    thanks in advance

  15. Nikki says:

    My friends aren’t stupid enough

  16. Emily says:

    It made my friends phone die XD lmao good one

  17. Eulesses says:

    When you send it to facebook messenger

  18. Eulesses says:

    The proper size of this gif doesn’t pop up correctly the size is too big

  19. Eulesses says:

    This doesn’t work anymore

  20. Rebecca says:

    Everyone, quick tip! If you want to save it hold it down :)

  21. Rebecca says:


  22. Tomo says:

    Haha this is awesome! All my friends fall for it!

  23. Cole says:

    Lol it was funnyπŸ˜‚

  24. tyler says:

    just long-press the 3 dots that is animated on the top and save image . and there you have it. send it on imessage

  25. Juliane says:

    You have to press on the gif until the save thing pops

  26. Juliane says:


  27. kat says:

    how can inget this one

  28. Sacha says:

    Thanks. I’ll have a laugh with this one. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

  29. Ely says:

    How to save it.. Teach me pls

  30. Alyssa says:

    Teach me

  31. Belllllllllllllla says:


  32. Sergio says:

    How do I get this

  33. Kaje says:

    All my friends were getting mad πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

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