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You Can Now Add GIFs to Instagram Stories

By: ScottCox Sunday January 28, 2018 comments Tags: creating animated GIFs, gif, instagram stories, Lakeland, social media management, social media marketing, social media marketing Lakeland

Hey Lakeland business owners! Instagram recently reported that their partnership with Giphy now allows users to add GIFs to Instagram Stories. Custom-made for this specific role, these GIFs contain transparent backgrounds and stand-alone so you can add these animations to your Stories' posts. Now, the new GIF category appears in Instagram and displays all of the custom GIFs in the set.

"When you tap to add a sticker to a photo or video in stories, you'll now see a new GIF option. Tap it to open a library full of hundreds of thousands of moving stickers powered by GIPHY. You can browse what's currently trending on GIPHY or search their extensive collection to find a sticker for just about anything. From bouncing letters and twirling hearts to dancing cats and pizza in space, these animated stickers help you make any photo or video funny, interesting or creative."


Sure to further increase Instagram Stories' popularity, this GIF option is an exciting, interesting, and visually-striking addition, offering an alternative to Snapchat, which doesn't provide any features similar to this yet. Numerous users have already experimented with the latest Instagram tool. If you think you have to be a graphic designer or hire one to use this technique in your Stories, check out these six simple steps to creating GIFs.

So how do you add GIFs to your Stories?

    1. Update to the latest version of the Instagram app.


    1. Force-quit the Instagram app and reopen.


    1. Swipe right from your feed or tap the icon on the top left to open the camera.


    1. Take a photo or video. Then a smiley face icon should appear at the top, next to the drawing and text tools.


    1. Tap the smiley face icon.


    1. Tap the sticker marked by an animated GIF.


    1. Select any sticker from the trending page or use the search bar to find a GIF sticker to perfectly match any moment. There's no limit to how many stickers you can add. Plus, you can resize and move them around anywhere on the image.

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