Instagram introduces GIF stickers into Stories as rivalry with Snapchat intensifies

Gboard GIF Creator

GIF stickers are available now as part of Instagram version 29 on iOS and Android.

Tap add a sticker to a photo or video in stories, you'll see the new GIF option.

These stickers are provided by GIPHY, which is a service you'll be familiar with if you like to send GIFs through Facebook Messenger. "No matter how your readers are looking to express themselves, Instagrammers everywhere will now be able to use GIFs in Stories to celebrate fun moments, share cute puppies and, of course, give the occasional eye roll". It only takes a couple of steps beyond adding a "normal" sticker to your photo or video.

We love the new changes that have come to the Gboard iOS app, because these changes make getting to the GIF tools much easier.

Instagram's GIF stickers will surely become a popular addition to Stories.

From there, you can either peruse the "trending" options Giphy offers, or search for something specific.

Today, January 23, Instagram introduced the GIF stickers in its app for the users to make their respective stories more expressive. For instance, if you type 'Wow, ' the app will show all the available GIFs that portray exclamation. I had to un-install and re-install the app to force the new feature to appear. There were also certain media reports which had mentioned that Instagram will soon be rolling out GIFs in Stories.

The company also announced that they will be supporting photo and video uploads of any size to Stories. When you upload a photo or video, you can pinch to share it in its original dimensions, whether it's portrait or landscape.

The extra room around images or videos will be filled in by a color gradient that matches the file.

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