Instagram Stories gains GIF support with all-new 'Gif Stickers' feature

Steve Phelps
January 24, 2018

Instagram is rolling out a new GIF Stickers feature for Instagram Stories on Android and iOS.

So, we're not getting a ton of groundbreaking new features today, but what Instagram is adding should definitely make the experience better for end users.

Instagram's new tool will enable users to access thousands of stickers supported by GIF database GIPHY, which can be added to any photo or video in the app's Stories feature.

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Swipe right from feed or tap the icon on the top left to open the camera. "No matter how your readers are looking to express themselves, Instagrammers everywhere will now be able to use GIFs in Stories to celebrate fun moments, share cute puppies and, of course, give the occasional eye roll". You take a great photo, crop it, and then realize it looks totally wonky when you upload it to Instagram Stories. A personal favorite is the search for "peekers", which produces GIF stickers that pop up and disappear or dangle over an edge, like the legs above. Although the feature has been rolled out today globally, it is not the first time that it was spotted.

Just click it and you'll be able to search Giphy and add as many looping images as you wish. The GIF library also shows users what is trending.

After you tap this button, it lets you record in two modes- "Loop", which is a Boomerang you can record for three seconds, and the second mode is "Fast-Forward", which lets you record up to one-minute clip and speeds up the result. If Instagram has a limit to the number of stickers you can add in a Story, it's pretty high-we verified that you can add more than 10, which is quite a lot given the limited real estate of an image. When adding a landscape or bigger photo to your Instagram Stories, pinch it to bring it to its original dimensions (or any dimension you want). Any extra room will be filled with a custom colour gradient, and you can always zoom in on the photo to fill the screen'.

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