Instagram has added GIFs to Stories—more fun ways to express yourself

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It’s all about Stories—every time Instagram comes out with an update; it’s almost certain it’s going to be about Stories. Stories is Instagram’s most popular feature at the moment; and without a doubt, the ephemeral picture sharing app wants to keep it so. The Facebook subsidiary has rolled out more fun ways to express yourself by adding expressive GIF stickers to Stories.

You can now add expressive GIF stickers to any photo or video in your story. A new option has now been added to Stories to allow you add GIFs to your photos and videos in your stories.

Simply tap to open a library where you will find hundreds of thousands of moving stickers powered by none other than GIPHY. Need help finding the right GIF? You can also browse trending GIFs on GIPHY or search its extensive collection to find the sticker to perfectly describe that moment that words cannot best describe. You can find loads of GIFs including, bouncing letters, and twirling hearts to dancing cats and pizza in space. These animated stickers, according to Instagram, will help you make any video or photo funny or interesting.


More good news…Instagram also announced that it will soon roll out the ability to upload videos and photos in their original size to your story:

“In the coming weeks, we’re also rolling out the ability to upload photos and videos of any size to your story — so you never have to lose part of a photo or cut a friend out of a group video. When you upload a photo or video, pinch to share it in its original dimensions, whether it’s square, portrait or landscape. Any extra room will be filled with a custom color gradient that matches what you’ve shared,”

The GIF option is available as part of Instagram version 29 on iOS and Android. However, the ability to upload videos and photos in their original size will be available in the next couple of weeks.


Only last week, Instagram started testing a new feature called “Type.” Type, according to the report, appears as an independent option at the bottom of the Stories camera. It comes with loads of fonts to choose from, while Instagram automatically selects a background. If you like you can also upload an image of your own that can be used as a background. In order to emphasize your text, the ephemeral picture sharing app will apply filter on your image.

Also last week, WABetaInfo, a blog solely dedicated to WhatsApp breaking news spotted a new feature that will notify you when someone takes a screenshot of your story. So, keep your fingers cross and wait for that announcement because it will come pretty soon—and don’t forget to drop is a line when the feature appears on your phone.

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Author: Ola Ric

Ola Ric is a professional tech writer. He has written and provided tons of published articles for professionals and private individuals. He is also a social commentator and analyst, with relevant experience in the use of social media services.

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