Facebook-owned photo-sharing app Instagram has today rolled out a new feature for its Stories. Starting today, users can use GIFs in their Instagram Stories. Earlier, GIFs could only be uploaded like photos and videos on Instagram and had to be shared like posts. But with this feature, users will be able to search for GIFs from Giphy’s database and use them on their Instagram Stories.
Here’s how you can use the new feature:
Step 1 : Open the Instagram app.
Step 2 : Press the ‘+’ icon in Stories.
Step 3 : Select the picture or video that you wish to upload. Or if you want, you can click a photo or record a video using Instagram’s camera.
Step 4 : Press the Sticker icon on top right. You’ll see an option to search for GIFs right below the camera icon in Stickers window.
Step 5 : Select the GIF icon. On doing this, a new window will open up where you’ll be able to see a number of GIFs from Giphy’s database.
Step 6 : On the top of this window, there is a search bar with ‘Search GIPHY’ written on it. You can type in your search here. For instance, if you type ‘Wow,’ the app will show all the available GIFs that portray exclamation.
Step 7 : Select the GIF that you like, and it will appear on your Instagram Story just the way a sticker does. The difference is that unlike a sticker, GIFs look more interactive.
Step 8 : You can place the GIF wherever you want on your Instagram Story by dragging and dropping it. Like stickers, GIFs on Instagram Stories can also be resized.
Although the feature has been rolled out today globally, it is not the first time that it was spotted. In the past few weeks, the feature was spotted in the app’s Beta mode by a few users. There were also certain media reports which had mentioned that Instagram will soon be rolling out GIFs in Stories. It is likely that users will find their Instagram Stories looking more interactive after adding GIFs on them. In fact, Instagram’s rival Snapchat, which was the first to come up with Stories, still does not have the option of adding GIFs on them. Last year, Stories on Instagram and WhatsApp surpassed Snapchat in terms of daily active users. While CEO Mark Zuckerberg in November 2017 had announced that Instagram Stories and WhatsApp Status have 300 million daily active users, Snapchat announced 173 million daily active users during its Q2 earnings conference.