Instagram introduces GIF Stickers for more expressive stories

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It is likely that users will find their Instagram Stories looking more interactive after adding GIFs on them.

Beyond the stickers that Instagram is adding today, it also revealed that you'll soon be able to upload videos and photos of any size without having to worry about losing some of the content to cropping. Like the current stickers, GIF stickers can be added to videos and photos in your Instagram Stories. It is a pretty straightforward process: When you're creating a story, you can select the option to add a sticker and you will see an option to add a GIF. Instagram's GIF library is "full of hundreds of thousands of moving stickers" and is supported by GIPHY, the platform said. You can search for a particular GIF on Giphy or can choose from what is trending on Giphy. These animated stickers, according to Instagram, will help you make any video or photo amusing or interesting.

Besides that, Instagram announced that stories will no longer be annoyingly locked in portrait mode.

When you upload a photo or video, pinch to re-size it in its original dimensions.




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. Stories is Instagram's most popular feature at the moment; and without a doubt, the ephemeral picture sharing app wants to keep it so.

GIFs are now available in version 29 of the Instagram Android and iOS app.

Have you spotted the new GIF option?

In order to check out the new features, make sure your Instagram app is up-to-date. You will notice a new icon on the keyboard suggestion row, which will allow you to launch the camera preview. But first, let's walk through what the new function is (and, of course, how to use it). While some of them are available for download via Google Play Store, the new Gboard Go app hasn't been listed there yet.

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