Upload GIFs to your Instagram Story: here’s how

Upload GIFs to your Instagram Story: here’s how

December 10, 2020 By Alex Balaniuc

You can make your Instagram Story more fun and dynamic by adding GIFs to it. If you don’t know how, don’t worry, because we’re here to explain it to you.

If you use Instagram, it’s very likely that you already know what an Instagram Story is. A Story is kind of a sequence of photos and short videos that you share with your followers, to let them know what you’re up to at the moment. In short, your Story shows your followers a glimpse of your everyday life. For example, you go out for lunch with your friends and take a pretty picture of your food, then you can post the photo on your Story to brag about how nice your meal looks.

But what if you wanted to upload GIFs to your Instagram Story? GIF is a bitmap type image format that is used to create short, animated images. Social media platforms are full of GIFs because they’re usually used for comedic effect and derived from mainstream media – such as movies, videoclips, tv shows. Relatability is the key factor when it comes to GIFs: there’s a perfect GIF that you can apply to every life situation that you find yourself in, it seems.

Adding GIFs to your Instagram Story is possible, but the process will take you some time, because it requires a few extra steps than just taking a photo or recording a video from Instagram. Let’s see how it’s done!

How to post a GIF on your Instagram Story

First, you need to download a third-party app, and from there you’ll pick the GIFs you like.

GIPHY is without a doubt the best app for your purpose, since it has the largest library of GIFs and stickers than any other app. It is free and available for Android and iOS devices. You can go on GIPHY and get the GIFs and stickers you want, but you can also create your own.

Now, let’s take a look at how to upload GIFs from GIPHY to your Instagram Story:

  • open the app and enter the GIF you’re looking for in the search bar, then choose a GIF from the gallery below

  • tap the Share button (the airplane) and select the Instagram icon

  • now, choose Stories instead of Feed

  • finally, you can add a caption or a filter to the GIF, share the GIF on your Story, and you’re done!

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