Just like Snapchat, you can soon use animated GIF images in your Instagram Stories too

The update will be rolled out on iOS and Android apps soon.

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    • The update is yet to roll-out
    • The images and videos don’t need to be cropped to be added to stories

Instagram, the image-sharing social media application owned and operated by Facebook has announced that it will now support animated GIF stickers in Instagram stories. As per the company, the update will be rolling out to both, iOS and Android apps soon.

Instagram has tied up with Giphy, a website which hosts GIFs, to bring this feature to their app. After updating the app, users will be able to add GIF stickers (animated stickers) to their images. After the users are happy with what they have created, they can then share the image through Instagram stories publicly or privately with friends.

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To add GIF stickers to your images, you simply need to open up the sticker menu where you will find the GIF option. In the GIF option, you can search for the type of GIF you want to use on that image and you are done. The GIF will appear on the image; resize it, place it where you want and then press done.

Adding animated graphics to your image was a feature first spotted on the popular app Snapchat last year, and now it is coming to Instagram. However, due to the tie-up with Giphy, it seems as if the Instagram app may have more options to choose from than Snapchat. We will confirm it once we are able to test out the feature personally.

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In other news, Instagram also announced that the images and videos uploaded by users from now on won’t be required to be in a specific proportion. It means that from now on you won’t have to choose between which friend to crop from the image when posting an Insta story. As of now, we don’t know when the update will be rolling out to the public. However, the company has said that we will be seeing it in a few weeks.