How to post a GIF on Instagram?

Animated images, also known as GIF's are popular from the last 25 years, but the trend was never so stronger like it is now. Back in time, GIFs were made by picking some small clipart images that moved and can be found on popular sites.

They can be seen everywhere now at Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Reddit because it helps to build the much-needed emotional connection, but wait, we forgot to mention Instagram? Yes, because we can't directly post a GIF on Instagram, but it is possible through other ways that we will disclose here.

Instagram has always been the most favourable place for sharing visual content except GIF's. Yet the feature of directly uploading them into the feed is not available.

In the last year's update, Instagram allowed the users to easily add GIF's in their stories or the direct message. But fortunately, there are many ways to do so. One is to use third-party applications, as suggested by Lifehacker. We will also tell you "the top Instagram GIF apps" that you can use to make the conversations more interesting.

So, here are the ways to Post GIF on Instagram:

Use Third-Party Applications

Before that, let us see the top Instagram GIF apps available for iOS and Android:


It is the best and most extensive library of animated images, stickers, and gifs. Almost everyone fond of GIF's has it in their Android or iPhone; it works well in both. Easy to use with plenty of features.

Free on both iOS and Android

Giphy Cam 

Using this, you can record amazing GIFs and add more filters or stickers to it. Quickly text, save or share gifs on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. or save to gallery.

Free for both iOS and Android


An application filled with all the entertainment stuff. Here you can find Gifs from movies to songs to TV shows. Whatever you like, Imgur has got it. Gifs with sound are also available here, go ahead and install it.

Available on both iOS and Android


Another best-animated GIF maker. Easily create GIF's using videos or photos. Suitable for everyone. You can cut a portion of the video and create a gif out of it. How creative it is! Edit existing gifs and add more filters, stickers, or effects to it. Create now

Available on both iOS and Android

GIF maker

Using this easily creates Gif or video or animated images and directly share with leading platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. It’s an all in one GIF application and allows you to Edit, create gif, covert selfie to gif, video to gif, images to gif, gif from video, etc. Start using it.

Free for both iOS and Android

How to Post a gif on Instagram using GIPHY?

  • Download the free GIPHY application from App Store (Apple) or Play store (Android)
  • After installing, open GIPHY. Search the type of GIF you want in the search bar. Click on More Options button or airplane icon
  • Click on the Instagram icon to share it on Instagram. Before that, it will be saved in your gallery
  • The Instagram app will open, and you will get two options. Whether to post it in the Feed or Story
  • Depending upon your choice select anyone, put a captivating option and hit post or share

Apart from GIPHY, you can use other applications like ImgPlay and Tenor, which are two other alternatives.

But out of all, GIPHY is the best and easy to use. The library of this application is extensive, with unlimited options.

How to add GIFs to your Instagram story?

In 2018, Instagram launched an exciting new feature that lets the users add GIFs in their stories anywhere.

  • Open Instagram, swipe right to open the camera or click on add story icon. Swipe up and select what you want to put as Story
  • Instagram story


  • If you entered the text, then click on Arrow & If you uploaded some Image or Video, then push the screen up
  • After pushing up, you will get several options and GIF option with search glass in front of it
  • GIF option in Instagram


  • Tap on it, and the trending GIF's will appear. Search which one you want, and it will show the relevant results
  • gif stickers on IG


  • It is powered by GIPHY and has hundreds and thousands of Gifs in it. Search from their extensive collection
  • You will find here every type of sticker ranging from dancing dogs to pizza slices; these can make your stories look more impressive

Instagram also announced that "It will let the users upload photos and videos of any size in story".

Create Mini Video or GIF using Boomerang

Instagram launched a boomerang feature in October 2015 as an application, but now it's inbuilt. It a simple, straightforward feature that lets the Instagrammers create any short cute video that is more like a GIF.

Grant permission to use the camera and start enjoying this app. Point your camera to the location where you want to shoot either front or back.


How does Boomerang work?

It clicks merely ten photos at a fast pace. Later, it binds them together as GIFs do to create a speedy sequence and play it time and again. The animation is smooth, with no sound.

How to send GIFs in Direct Message at Instagram?

Yes, in September 2018, Instagram launched a GIF icon in Direct Messaging. From dancing cats to love, you can send any sticker and express your feelings in a Giffy way.

  • Open any message thread or compose a new one and tap on GIF icon located at the corner of the composer bar
  • instagram direct message


  • Once you click on it, you will see all the trending GIFs. Swipe through the library to select the best one or use keywords to search the appropriate one
  • GIPHY on instagram


  • Find the one that resonates well with what you want to say and make others laugh
  • Random gifs can also be sent by just typing random instead of any other keyword
  • This option is available in the latest version of Instagram in iOS and Android
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We hope you understood the different ways to post gifs on Instagram using third-party apps, Direct messaging, and stories feature. By using gifs or mini videos, your profile will be viewed by more people on Instagram. Tell us in comments which one is your favourite gif and how often you make use of gifs while conversing.