Instagram Stories Brings GIF Stickers from GIPHY

Apparently the world needs more GIF stickers - at least that is what Instagram thinks and it is hard to blame them as everyone else has done it. The company partnered with Giphy to build a new library of transparent GIFs which can be added as animated stickers to your stories.

The GIF announcement also included a note about expanded Instagram story capability related to image and video size.

Previously, users could only write, draw and add regular stickers to their stories-now, with "GIF Stickers", users can add a bit more style to their creations with these moving images. Here's what to do.

After you are done recording your GIF, you will then see a keyboard overlay.

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The new GIF stickers are taken from the GIPHY source and as we have mentioned earlier, can be used on photos and videos with the platform's stories. It is also similar to Motion Stills because you can fast-forward by just swiping and also create loops by swiping. The GIFs generally appear pretty small on the screen, but you can adjust their size and orientation by pinching and dragging. You can then save the animation to your camera roll or copy and paste it into whichever app you're using. On iOS, this built-in GIF creator feature is already live and widely rolling out as of this weekend. The GIF stickers are available from today on version 29 of both the iOS and Android apps.

The new feature is part of the Instagram version 29 update, which rolled out on January 23 to all iOS and Android devices.

Among the best features Google ever brought on its revamped keyboard app - Gboard - is support for emojis and Graphics Interchange Format (or GIFs in simpler terms).

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