How to put GIFs on Instagram

After reading my guide on how to see stories on Instagram , you started browsing your friends’ stories and viewing all the content posted by them. Suddenly, you noticed that one of them posted a GIF and, delving deeper into the topic, you discovered that it is an Instagram feature. You, therefore, tried to publish an animated image on your profile, but all the attempts made did not lead to the desired result. Did I guess? Well then let me tell you that today is your lucky day.

With today’s guide, in fact, I will explain how to put GIFs on Instagram , showing you how to publish them in stories , but also how to share them in the posts of the multimedia social network. In addition, I will provide you with all the useful explanations to help you post custom GIFs on Instagram .

How do you say? Can’t wait to find out more? So don’t waste any more time and get deeper into the topic right away. Sit comfortably, take five minutes of free time to devote to reading the next paragraphs and carefully read the information I am about to give you. I assure you that by trying to put them into practice, in no time you will be able to publish animated GIFs on Instagram in a very simple way. At this point, all I have to do is wish you good reading and, above all, good fun!


  • Preliminary information
  • How to put GIFs in Instagram stories
  • How to put GIF videos on Instagram
    • Android / iOS
    • PC
  • How to put custom GIFs on Instagram

Preliminary information

Before explaining how to put GIFs on Instagram I must provide you with some preliminary information useful for the correct completion of this operation.

You must, in fact, know that Instagram allows you to upload GIFs in stories , through the specific native functionality of the app for Android (downloadable from the Play Store or from alternative stores ) and iOS (downloadable from the App Store ), which allows you to use them as stickers to be applied to photos and videos, after having chosen them from the appropriate archive which is integrated with the site , partner of the multimedia social network.

As for the posts , however, you should know that Instagram until some time ago allowed you to upload GIFs also in this section of your profile, but at the time of writing, it is no longer possible to do so: multimedia files with. gif are no longer supported.

Therefore, at the present time, to succeed, you have to implement an alternative solution: as I will explain in more detail in the chapter dedicated to the topic, you have to convert the GIF into a video , in order to transform the file. gif in a video .mp4 you can publish it in the post to Instagram , acting as a smartphone or PC .

Having said that, before proceeding, also make sure that you have updated the Instagram app to the latest version, to properly take advantage of all the features mentioned.

So, to update Instagram on an Android device , start the Play Store , press your profile icon at the top right, then tap on the items Manage app and device> Available updates . Then scroll through the list of apps that need an update and locate the Instagram app : if present, tap the Update button to complete the operation.

If you have an iPhone , to update Instagram , press the App Store icon and tap on your profile picture at the top right. Now, in the Upcoming automatic updates section , check the presence of the Instagram app and, if so, press the Update button .

If you have any doubts or problems, I suggest you read my guide on how to update Instagram .

How to put GIFs in Instagram stories

After updating Instagram to the latest version available, you are ready to put GIFs in Stories .

Then start the social network app and, if necessary, log in to your account . At this point, swipe left on the main menu to launch the Instagram camera and start creating a story.

Then press the white circle symbol to take a photo, hold it down to film a video or press the gallery icon located at the bottom left to create a story using photos or videos already in your device’s memory.

Alternatively, if you want to create a textual story, tap the Aa button to use the Create tool , then choose the style and color of the font you prefer, clicking on the options available at the top (eg Bold , Modern , Neon etc.) and using the color selector at the bottom right, then type the text and press the Next button to confirm the insertion. In this regard, in case of doubts or problems, refer to my tutorial in which I explain how to create stories on Instagram .

Once this is done, to add one or more  GIFs , press on the sticker symbol  located at the top right to open the sticker menu that also serves to add a survey , a hashtag and much more, in addition to GIFs .

To add a GIF , press the entry of the same name: you will have access to the entire Giphy archive , one of the largest portals dedicated to animated images, which collects thousands of GIFs of all kinds. Once this is done, in the new screen that opens, use the text field Search on Giphy , to search and locate the GIF to be used among those proposed and tap it, to add it to your story.

You can also drag the added GIF to any part of the story and zoom in and out with your fingers to make it bigger or smaller. If the final result does not satisfy you and you want to delete the GIF , make a long tap on it and drag it to the trash icon at the bottom.

Finally, after completing the customization of the story , presses on the item Your Story at the bottom, to publish the multimedia content you created in the Instagram stories .

How to put GIF videos on Instagram

As anticipated in the introductory chapter of this tutorial, at the time of writing it is no longer possible to publish a GIF on Instagram in posts .

However, it is possible to “circumvent” this limitation by converting the GIF into video, through the use of a special service. In this regard, by way of example, in this tutorial I will talk about how to use the CloudConvert online tool which you can use via browser on Android and iOS / iPadOS , but also from a PC .

Alternatively, if the use of this tool is not for you, you can view other recommended solutions for completing this operation by reading my tutorial on how to convert GIF to video .

Android / iOS

To convert a GIF into a video using Android and iOS smartphones and tablets , connect to the CloudConvert site via the browser, to take advantage of this free online service, which allows you to convert multimedia files into numerous formats.

To use it, press the Select File button and select the GIF to convert from your device’s media gallery . Then, under Convert to , select the Video >  MP4 export format , using the appropriate drop-down menu. Now, click the Convert button and wait for the automatic conversion to finish. Finally, hit the Download button to download the video.

At this point, on Android the video will be automatically saved in the memory of your device; on iOS / iPadOS , on the other hand, if for example you are using the Safari browser , proceed to save manually, by pressing the Aa key to go to the Download section of the browser.

Once this is done, locate the downloaded file, tap on it and then on the button with the share icon . Finally, click on the Save video button , to save it in the memory of your device.

After converting the GIF to video, start the Instagram app on your smartphone, log into your account (if necessary), press the + button and tap the Post item . Now, select the video from the media gallery of your device, press it twice in succession on the button Next and finally you tap on the item Share to post the video to post to Instagram .

If you have any doubts or problems, read my tutorial where I explain how to post on Instagram .


You can use the online tool made available by CloudConvert also from a PC , if you want to convert a GIF into a video from your computer , in order to publish it on Instagram using its official website or its application for Windows 10 and later versions.

Therefore, connected to the main page of CloudConvert , click on the Select File button and import the GIF from your computer. Now, through the Convert to drop-down menu , select the Video> MP4 items and press the Convert button . At the end of the conversion, press the Download button to save the video in the memory of your computer.

At this point, connected to Instagram and press the (+) button , in order to select the media file to upload ( Select from computer ). Now, press the button Next twice in a row, and when you’re ready to post the video in the post , hit the button Share .

If you have any doubts or problems, read my tutorial where I explain how to use Instagram on your PC .

How to put custom GIFs on Instagram

Wondering how to put your GIFs on Instagram , as you would like to publish the GIFs you have created within the multimedia social network?

In this case, you must take into consideration that, as anticipated, the only possible solution is to upload, on , a personalized GIF to be published in the stories , since Instagram has a search engine integrated into the GIPHY database. , famous animated images service.

In this regard, after creating your personalized GIF in the shape of a sticker with an app or with a program suitable for the purpose , connect to the official website of and register for free, first by pressing the Login button and then the Sign Up button .

Now, recorded, indicating all requested data ( email , username , password and confirmation of password ) and press the button Sign up, after passing the verification CAPTCHA . Alternatively, register quickly, using the Sign up with Facebook or Sign up with Apple buttons , to register through these services.

Once this is done, at the end of the operation, click on the Upload button located at the top and then click on the Choose File item , corresponding to the Stickers section . Finally, at the end of the upload, click on the Upload to GIPHY button to upload the animated sticker created in the GIPHY database .

After that, all you have to do is wait for the sticker to be approved: if it is successful, it will be indexed in the database and therefore recognized by Instagram . You will, in fact, look in the database GIF of stories of Instagram (l ‘ icon of the square face) , by typing the @ symbol followed by your user name of GIPHY .

In this regard, in case of doubts or problems, as well as for more information on the possibility of creating GIFs for Instagram , read my tutorial dedicated more specifically to the topic.

by Abdullah Sam
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