- Instagram is adding GIF stickers to its Stories feature.
- You’ll now be able to overlay your photos and videos with animated stamps like accessories, sparkles, or word art.
- The new feature is available on iOS and Android starting Tuesday.
Starting Tuesday, you’ll be able to add GIFs to your Instagram story.
Instagram has teamed up with Giphy to add GIF stickers as a new feature on Instagram Stories. You’ll now be able to add moving sparkles, word art, or accessories like hats and sunglasses to your story, overlaid on photos, videos, or Boomerangs.
Here’s the new feature in action:
The GIF feature is located next to Instagram’s other sticker options, like temperature stickers or hashtags. After you take a photo or video, tap the smiley face button on the top right of the screen. A blinking button that says “GIF” should appear directly beneath the “Location” button.
From there, you can either peruse the “trending” options Giphy offers, or search for something specific. The GIFs generally appear pretty small on the screen, but you can adjust their size and orientation by pinching and dragging.
Instagram is also making some changes to how you can upload photos and videos into Stories, which most users will start to see in the coming weeks. In the past, images and videos would automatically adjust to the size of the screen, regardless of how you cropped ahead of time. Soon, you’ll be able to share images at their original dimensions by pinching and adjusting the size. You’ll then be able to fill in the excess space with a customizable color gradient.
In order to check out the new features, make sure your Instagram app is up-to-date. GIF stickers are available Tuesday for both Android and iOS users.
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