On most social media networks, including Instagram, GIF-based comments are rather frequent. So much so that dedicated GIF keyboard apps exist to enable you to share GIFs with your buddies immediately. What happens if you want to share a GIF on Instagram? To answer this topic, here are different methods how you can post GIF on Instagram for web and mobile Let’s have a look at those.
Does Instagram Support GIF?
GIF, or Graphics Interchange Format, is a file format for displaying animated images in numerous image frames. Instagram natively allows GIFs in messages, but you can’t upload a GIF as a story or a post, which is the issue we’ll try to solve in this article.
How to Post a GIF on Instagram from an iPhone
GIFs are often only a few seconds long, making them ideal for sharing as a Story or a post. Additionally, the iPhone can take Live Photos, which may then be simply shared as a Story. However, if you have traditional GIFs, you need to convert them first and then post them to Instagram.
GIF Cracker is an iPhone software that converts GIFs into Instagram-friendly video formats. You also receive extra options for adjusting playback speed, changing loop count, resizing, flipping, rotating, and deleting frames.
Install the GIF Cracker app on your iPhone first. Open the app, go to the bottom row, and hit the GIF > Video icon, then choose the GIF you want to convert.
With the tools available, you can customize the output. Loop count, for example, would lengthen the video by reproducing the GIF, while playback speed would alter how quickly or slowly the video should play, and so on.
To create a video file, hit the Start converting button after you’ve adjusted all the variables. To save the movie in the Photos app, tap the Save button.
Simply open the Instagram app and choose the freshly made video as a story or a post, and it will playback in the same way as the original GIF. Easy as pie!
How to Post a GIF from Android
Android, like the iPhone, has some limitations. GIFs cannot be directly uploaded to Instagram. Fortunately, the procedure is similar to that of the iPhone, and we’ll require the same app to convert the GIF to a video. The Android version of GIF Cracker is also available.
Install GIF Cracker, launch it, and choose the GIF you want to convert to a video. To get to the editor, tap make button.
You may alter the frames, set the loop limit, customize the speed, and so on, just like in the iOS app. After you’ve made your edits, go to the top right corner and hit Make to save the video to your phone.
Simply launch the Instagram app and share your newly made video as a story or a post. It would play just like a GIF
How to Post a GIF from Desktop
Instagram is a mobile-first platform, and while we do have a desktop version, you can create stories and posts from a computer’s web browser. If you want to share a GIF to Instagram from your PC, there is a creative workaround.
Inssist is a useful Chrome plugin that lets you use your desktop Chrome browser to surf Instagram in a mobile-friendly layout and even publish stories and posts. It’s free to download and install on your Chrome browser.
You can’t upload GIFs directly to Instagram on mobile, so we’re going to convert the GIF to a video first. EZGIF is a popular online tool for working with GIFs.
Go to EZGIF.com and click on GIF to MP4 section. Upload the GIF that you have saved on your computer.
Simply click on the Convert to MP4 button to generate the video from the GIF.
Click the Save option at the bottom to save the video clip to your computer. You can now publish this to Instagram as a video file that still looks and feels like a GIF.
Click the icon next to the address bar on the Chrome browser to open the Inssist Chrome extension. You’d see an Instagram layout similar to what you’d see on a smartphone. You can now share your newly created video as an Instagram story or as an Instagram post.
The only drawback of this Chrome Extension is that you won’t be able to use all the Story editing features like stickers, mentions, tags, and captions.
Final Thoughts: Post a GIF on Instagram (Web and Mobile)
The methods above demonstrated how to upload a GIF to Instagram from a variety of devices, including Android, iPhone, and desktop Chrome browsers. Despite the fact that Instagram for the web does not support uploading, the Inssist Chrome extension makes it simple. What are your thoughts? What do you think? Did I miss anything? Let me know on any social media platform.