You may have also heard of a History Channel show called
Ancient Aliens. Because of a severe lack of science and bias
toward aliens being the answer to everything strange about
the ancient pyramids, Ancient Aliens memes began circulating. The answer to this meme—featuring an interview with
theorist Giorgio A. Tsoukalos—is almost always aliens, with
some conspiracy theories, general mockery, and puns thrown
into the mix.
For more inspiration, Tumblr, Facebook, and 9GAG (beware
of obscene content) are all good places to look.
How to Make a Meme
There are about a million (slight exaggeration) meme generators on the web and App Store, but my favorite method is
to use an iPhone app called Meme Generator Free. It has the
most free font customization options of any meme app I’ve
To get started, download and open Meme Generator Free.
You’ll see a list of featured memes. Tap the three horizontal
lines in the upper left corner to browse New, Popular, and
Random Memes. If you have a meme in mind you’d like
to find, swipe down from the top of the screen to reveal a
search bar, and type in a phrase. Once you find the meme
image you want to use, tap on it.
Tap Example at the bottom to see some examples of text
that would fit the image. They aren’t the most cleverly written
captions, but it’s a great springboard, particularly for beginners. Tap the text bars at the top to edit your caption.
You can tap the icons in the upper right corner to further
customize your meme image and caption options. When
you’re satisfied with your meme, tap Save to store the meme
in your iPhone Photos app or Share to distribute it via social
media, Messages, or Mail.
Using Your Own Photo
Commonly used meme images are cool, but it’s way more
fun when you can create a meme from your own photo. All
of the meme-maker apps I’ve tested out include the option
to use your own picture. To do this with Meme Generator
Free, tap the plus sign in the upper right corner of the screen.
Choose Take Photo or Choose from Library. You’ll be asked to
give the app permission to access your photos or camera. Tap
Ok. Select or take a picture and then follow the usual steps
for adding a caption. At the end you’ll have your very own
Truly, the meme craze has created a wonderful online
community; when we find common joy in these popularized
phrases, videos, and images, we’re celebrating the silliness of
the internet and life itself.
Conner Carey is a feature web writer at iPhone Life and a contributing writer for Love
U magazine. Her work has been published on Art Parasites Berlin and Chronically.
She holds a bachelor's in English with an emphasis in Creative Writing and resides in
Fairfield, Iowa. You can find her personal blog at connerleecarey.com or follow her on
Once you find an image from Meme Generator Free’s library, you can view example captions before
writing your own words.
When using your own photo, you can snap a photo in the app or choose from your iPhone’s camera roll.