Instagram 101: How to Add Animated GIFs to Your Stories

How to Add Animated GIFs to Your Stories

If you've ever made an Instagram story, you probably know you can add stickers to your stories. These stickers are interactive, but, like real stickers, they don't move. Well, now there's an option to add more action to your stories with animated GIF stickers.

As of right now, GIFs for Instagram stories is only available in Instagram's beta apps for Android and iOS, as discovered first by The Next Web. Even if you're running a beta version of the app, you may not see any GIFs anywhere, and that's because it's in a very limited trial right now.

The Instagram beta for iOS is in a closed, invite-only status right now, so you'll be pretty lucky if you get in on the action on your iPhone. However, the beta version for Android is open to everyone. If you're rocking a Galaxy, Pixel, LG, or any other compatible Android phone, you can easily sign up for the beta.

Searching For & Adding Live Stickers to Stories

Adding GIFs to stories sounds more complicated than adding stickers, but it's pretty much the same process.

To get started, swipe right or tap your icon under "Stories" to access the story camera as you normally would. Once you take or choose a photo or video, you just tap the smiley-sticker icon in the top-right corner of the display. Among the stickers, you should find the GIF search option by swiping left or right.

You can simply browse the GIF stickers on the screen or you can search for them by name in the handy "Search" field. Just tap there, enter your query, then tap the GIF you want. You can place and resize the GIF on your story like you would any other sticker.

Images by TNW/YouTube

Do you have access to the GIF search? Does it work for you? Let us know in the comments below!

Cover photo by Jake Peterson/Gadget Hacks

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