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Instagram GIF guide: how to add them to Stories and send them via direct messages

Instagram is welcoming a lot of news For the last few months, in fact, just a few days ago we were telling you that voice memos were reaching direct messages.

This time we come with more tips for the popular social network, now focused on GIFs. Did you know that you can add them to your Stories and send them by direct message? We explain how to do it step by step.

So you can send GIFs on Instagram

GIFs on Instagram

The first thing you can do with them is send them by direct message to your friends, just like we do in other applications like WhatsApp or Telegram. Too easy.

  • Enter one of your chats

  • In the box where you write the messages, select the icon (+) that you will see on the right

  • Some options will be displayed, click on GIF

  • You have already opened the GIF search engine, find the best ones by typing any term and send them

Add GIFs to your stories

GIFs in Instagram Stories

On the other hand, you can also add GIFs to your stories to share them with anyone who wants to see them. They are the perfect complement for your photos and videos, so be sure to try them:

  • Go to to take a photo or video

  • Now that you have it, it's time to spice it up. Click on the sticker icon that you see in the options on the right

  • Select the GIF search engine

  • There are GIFs of practically anything, let your imagination run wild

Find the best GIF

As you can see, GIFs are very useful and you can use them in very different contexts. Thanks to pages like GIPHY, you can find one for any situation you can think of, and that's the best thing about GIFs, their versatility. The only limit is your imagination.

Examples of GIFs on Instagram

Don't forget that you can also send GIFs through WhatsApp and Telegram, two of the most popular instant messaging applications. GIFs are practically a new language, just like emojis, and we will use them more and more.

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