Upload GIFs to your Instagram Story: here’s how
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!
How to Create a Desktop Shortcut to a Website with Chrome
Want to find out how you can save some time whenever you want to visit your favorite websites? If you do, keep reading, because in this article we’re going to show you a very simple and quick hack that will allow to do just that!
The method we’ll be talking about consists in creating a desktop shortcut to a website. This shortcut will function as an app in Chrome, therefore will appear on your desktop as a regular application that uses the logo and the name of the website (although you can change the shortcut’s name at the moment of its creation).
Having a shortcut to a website ready to use on the computer desktop won’t seem like a necessity to most people, but, if you have a weak Internet connection, having to go through all of the steps necessary to access a site can become frustrating, since the process will be very slow. Instead of opening Chrome, entering the website’s name, waiting for the search results to appear and clicking on the one you’re interested in, you’ll be able to access your favorite website immediately with a shortcut. But desktop shortcuts can be beneficial to anyone, since they’ll help you greatly if you’re in a hurry and need to go to a website in as little time as possible.
Add a desktop shortcut to a website in a few easy steps
With that being said, let’s get to the interesting part of the article: let’s find out how to create a desktop shortcut to a website with Chrome!
Note: the shortcut feature works on Windows, Mac and Linux.
What to do beforehand
Before we start, make sure that:
– you’re using the Google Chrome web browser
– you’re signed in to your Google account (the shortcut feature might not work if you’re not)
Follow the steps below to create a shortcut:
– first and foremost, open the Google Chrome app
– search for the website you want to add a shortcut to
– now, click on the menu icon in the right upper corner of the screen (the three dots)
– then select More tools > Create shortcut…
– you’ll be prompted to enter a name for the shortcut, but you can also leave the default name
– if you check the “Open as window” option, the app will open its own individual window
– click Create
– close the Chrome window, and you should be able to see the shortcut/app on your desktop!