GIFs are incredibly popular on the internet, it would be difficult to find someone who has never used a GIF. And yet, Instagram doesn’t give its users a simple way to post GIFs on Instagram. But don’t worry, there are a few ways you can use to work around this and be able to post GIFs in your Instagram posts, photos, memes and more. Some of these methods involve changing the file format, using a third party website or turning the GIF into a sticker.
Giphy is a popular app and website that stores tens of thousands of different GIFs. The app actually allows you to find a GIF you like and post it directly to Instagram without having to convert the file. You should begin by downloading the GIPHY app from Google Play Store or Apple App store. Next, open the app and use the search bar to find a GIF you like. Tap the paper airplane button to share the GIF and choose Instagram from the list that appears. If you’re asked to give the app permission to access your photos and your Instagram account, press confirm to give permission. Next, choose whether you want to post the GIF to your story or feed and put finishing touches on the post by adding a caption and filter to the post. Tap Post and enjoy your post!
Another easy way to post a GIF on Instagram is to convert it into a video file. This way you can even edit the GIF if you want before posting it on Instagram. If the GIF is too short to look good in the feed, try looping it a few times to extend the video. If you don’t know how to convert a GIF to a video file format, it’s pretty easy to do with specialized apps like GifShare, Gif to Video and others. Some of these apps even let you add special effects to GIFs after converting them to videos.
The third easy way to post GIFs on Instagram is to add them to your stories as stickers. Simply start creating an Instagram story by uploading a photo or a video, then tap the sticker button and browse all the GIFs available to choose the one you like the most. Next, tap the GIF to add it to your story and then adjust the location and size of the GIF relative to the photo or video you’re posting as your story.
Finally, the last way to use a GIF on Instagram is to send it to someone via direct messages. This method is enabled by Giphy, so you can only send GIFs that are available on the Giphy platform. To send a GIF through Instagram DMs, simply open a conversation with someone in your direct messages, tap the GIF button at the bottom of the page, choose a GIF from the window that appears and tap it to send it as a direct message to the person in the message thread. Done!