One of RainViewer’s most useful tools is the ability to share radar animation. In other words, precipitation (rain or snow) motion shown on the map can be exported as a .gif or a .mp4 file and shared on social media, sent to friends or family to inform them of an approaching storm.

Below is a video that shows how to create radar animation. Before watching the video, I will just say that it’s a matter of tapping one button only. Dead simple!

Animation Settings

The animation can be exported as a .mp4 or .gif file. 

  • With .mp4 format, you get a clear and smooth short video, with pretty good quality, which displays the precipitation motion on the map beautifully. However, the video might require additional efforts  to be posted on social media (adjust codecs) or inserted into blog posts. 
  • With .gif format, you get a classic GIF animation that consists of a number of images limited to 264 colors. Unlike .mp4, GIF can be played or used almost everywhere. 

To select a file format, please go to the RainViewer Settings:

  1. Tap the ‘i’ with a circle around it (on Android, tap the three dots then Settings)
  2. Find ‘Share animation’ settings and select .gif or .mp4. format.

Animation setting in RainViewer on iPhone and Android

Additional Settings:

  • Number of animation frames: select a number for the animation playback you want to save. 
  • Delay between frames: set a pause between animation playbacks.

  • Resolution on iPhone: select the resolution that will perfectly work for you, depending on what you’re planning to do next with the animation. ‘Social’, ‘Square’ and ‘Native’ settings will work perfectly for sharing the animation on social media. Full HD is great if you want to post the animation on the web. 

  • Resolution on Android: an exported animation will always have a half screen resolution. If  dark theme is turned on while exporting the animation on Android, the resulting animation will also be in dark mode.

On both iOS and Android devices, you can create landscape animations. Simply rotate your device and then export the animation. For instance, this exported animation will work perfectly for sharing on YouTube.

The animation will have the same map type that is set while exporting the animation: on  iPhone - Normal, Satelite, Hybrid and OSM; on Android - Standard, Dark Map, Hybrid, Terrain, Silver Map and Night Map.

Share Weather Radar Animation

  • Save it locally in Photos on the iPhone. Preview, adjust and share it later. 
  • Save it to Dropbox, Google Drive, or any cloud service you use.
  • Post it on social media: Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram.
  • Email it as an attachment.
  • Send it as a text message via your default Messages app.
  • Send it via Messengers: WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Telegram, Instagram, WeChat, Line etc.


Below is an example of an animation you can create with RainViewer app. It’s an mp4 file with Full HD resolution. 

The animation you’ve created can be used as an illustration for a blog post, especially if you write about whether or forecast. The most common scenario is sharing animations made with RainViewer on social media since it is the quickest way to notify followers about upcoming snow, rain or storm event.