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Tip: How to easily share Nokia Cinemagraph creations from your Pictures Hub

While some Windows Phone photography apps have a sharing feature native to the application some, such as Cinemagraph (here's our review), don't. In these cases you rely on your Windows Phone Pictures Hub options to share these images.

You've just created a fantastic animated GIF through Cinemagraph and are eager to share it with friends or family. Once the image is saved to your Windows Phone, head over to your Pictures Hub and go into the Camera Roll gallery. Find the Cinemagraph image you want to share, pull it up to full view and tap the three dot menu.

Sharing options in your Pictures Hub

From there you'll see options to share the Cinemagraph image which will pull up sharing choices such as email, SMS messaging, Twitter, Facebook, and the sort. You also have an option under the three dot menu to save the Cinemagraph to your SkyDrive account. With the size of the Cinemagraphs, this might be the best option and then send your friends the link to the SkyDrive file.  Plus some email clients may have file limitations making SkyDrive the better option as well.

The same sharing options are present for all your photos that reside in your Windows Phone Pictures Hub. So, if the app you use to capture images doesn't have a sharing option just head over to your Pictures Hub to get 'er done.

To view Cinemagraphs in action via Skydrive, you need to click "View Original", otherwise your guest will just see what looks like a still image. This is far from ideal as it basically means you have to give explicit instructions when you share, but hey, it's a start. Perhaps SkyDrive will offer native animated GIF support in the future.

George is the Reviews Editor at Windows Central, concentrating on Windows 10 PC and Mobile apps. He's been a supporter of the platform since the days of Windows CE and uses his current Windows 10 Mobile phone daily to keep up with life and enjoy a game during down time.

  • What's the reason this app is for WP8 Lumia's only?
  • Because Nokia made it. And they don't like you.
  • Couldn't be more right
  • Thanks for the laugh. I needed that.
  • I have a Nokia Lumia 900... Its a "just wondering" question >_>
  • Cinemagraph uses the Lenses feature in WP8.
  • LMAO!!  My son lives this filtr BTW.
  • I literally choked on my drink.
  • Haha, good one! :)
  • thank you, sir! you made my day. :D
  • In WP7, OEMs can't do anything fancy with the camera API. In WP8, they can. There's something with how Cinemagraph that works that takes advantage of WP8 camera APIs that can't be done in WP7 e.g. Lenses. But Nokia is suppose to be working on bringing this and Smart Shoot to WP7 users in the future. So, we'll see.
  • Thanks Daniel.
  • Didn't Nokia make all those special effects in the 900? Like sepia? Burst shot?
  • Thanks for the info! I didn't know the part about "view original".
  • just right click on the picture and click view original.
  • It's a great app and i hope Nokia ads better sharing features.
    I mean you got your personal gif maker on your phone, that screams the need of facebook etc sharing right from the app.
  • Like that new iPhone app they have now
  • +1
  • SkyDrive might be much better without many redirections when you open a link. This is common to MS sites.
  • For what it's worth, I can't think of a single site that doesn't initiate redirects when triggering authentication.
  • Discovered this method before and it is a load of hassel, Nokia need to get it sorted out as it is an awesome app.
  • You really need another comma between application and some in the first sentence. Really tripped me up there
  • That GIF is toomers corner in Auburn, Al.... You guys based out of there is was it just a randomly found gif
  • Will this work if I have automatic upload to SkyDrive enabled? Or do I have to share it?
  • When is this coming to the 900?
  • I believe, I had read somewhere during 920 announcement phase, that they were working with FB to have cinemgraph capability. I don't think that's possible at present, right? 
  • Wait, so if i'm texting someone the link to view the GIF on their phone, how are they going to see the animation?
  • You don't need a Nokia to create an animated gif... theres already an app in the marketplace called 'Geef' that does the same thing.
  • Still too much work for a gimmick. I can just see the listing on facebook now. "Hey, check out my neat animated image. Click the link, then when you get the image make sure you click view original"...... yeah right, that's how we all share things in social media.