Instagram Stories land support for GIF stickers thanks to Giphy collaboration

Next time you create a story on Instagram, make sure you check out the ample of GIF stickers you can use thanks to a collaboration between Instagram and Giphy.

The image sharing platform announced the rollout of a new millennial-focused feature on its Android and iOS app and according to Instagram users will be able to add GIF stickers through the Stickers tab in Instagram Stories. GIF stickers will be available as part of version 29 on Android and iOS.

“Users can add as many stickers as they’d like from a growing library, and will have hand-curated recommendations to turn even their seemingly mundane moments into fun, expressive and artistic moments to share,” Instagram stated.

To access the new feature, you need to take a photo, choose one from the gallery, or record a video on the Instagram Stories tab in the app. Next, click on the Stickers icon on the top right of the screen. Within the list, you will find the new GIF button to add the animated stickers to the photo or video you chose.Clicking on the button will take you to a list of the top trending GIF stickers. You can now choose from any of the stickers you like and place it anywhere on the image or video. You can resize the GIF sticker, place more stickers, and add text as usual. You can also tap on the GIF sticker to reverse it.

The GIF search library is commendable, and you can search for hundreds of thousands of stickers present in Giphy’s GIF database. Instagram recommends searching for keywords like “Accessories” to find interesting face stickers such as sunglasses, hats, lips, and so on. Searching for “Effects” will return results of stickers that you can use to enhance the ambience in your story. Additionally, stickers in the “Peekers” category give a 3D illusion; they pop up and disappear.

Alternatively, you can search for “Word Art” to get fancy words in the form of a GIF; or even search for “Emoji” to get some special emoji packs.

“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,” said Instagram in a blog post. However, we are already able to see this feature on Instagram Stories.

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