Here's Exactly How to Add GIFs to Your Instagram Stories

"Now, Instagram users can add vibrant, animated GIF stickers to any photo or video and immediately turn any moment into something fun and sharable", a rep for Instagram tells Glamour. As a result, it should come as no surprise at all that when I learned that Instagram Stories was adding a GIF stickers function, I was over the moon with excitement. Tuesday, they added an option for users to use GIF stickers in stories. Users can browse now trending GIFs, explore hand-curated recommendation pages or search through a constantly evovling library. It is likely that users will find their Instagram Stories looking more interactive after adding GIFs on them. Tap on the sticker you want to add to your story. You can update your Instagram app to start using this feature.

What do you think of the new GIF support in Stories? Typing in "accessories" will bring up GIFs that can be used over faces on photos and videos, like hats, eyes, lips, ears and more. It is also similar to Motion Stills because you can fast-forward by just swiping and also create loops by swiping. And to enhance the "GIF-ing" experience further, Google will now let users create their own GIFs.

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Make sure you've installed the latest version of the Instagram app.

Both the options Instagram announced today are interesting. If you don't see the GIF update at first, try that! Previously photos/videos would be cropped to fit the frame, but now users can pinch it to share it in its original dimensions. Any extra room will be filled with a custom colour gradient, and you can always zoom in on the photo to fill the screen'.

  • Toni Ryan