How to Post a GIF on Instagram in 5 Best Ways (IG Story, Feed, DMs)

Last Updated: Aug. 17, 2022

Posting hilarious GIFs on your Instagram Story or Instagram Feed is a great way to engage viewers and get more likes, comments, and followers. If you are looking for a quick and easy way to post a GIF on Instagram from iPhone and PC, we’ve got you covered.

In this post, we will walk you through how to post a GIF on Instagram Story and Instagram Feed in the 5 best ways. So, let’s dive into it now!

Here’s What You Will Learn:

Here is a quick takeaway for how to post a GIF on Instagram:

  • Since GIF format is not supported on Instagram, to post a GIF on Instagram Story or Instagram Feed, you need to convert a GIF to an MP4 file, then upload it to Instagram.
  • The best way to post a GIF on Instagram is using the GIPHY mobile app as GIPHY will automatically convert the GIF to MP4, allowing you to post a GIF on Instagram (Story/Feed) with one tap.
  • You may also create your own GIF and save it as a looping MP4 using FlexClip online video maker and directly post it on Instagram from your PC.
  • Apart from posting GIFs on Instagram Story and Instagram Feed, nowadays you can send GIFs in Instagram DMs as well.
  • How to Post a GIF on Instagram by GIPHY from iPhone/Android

    If you want to directly post a GIF on Instagram Story or Instagram Feed from your iPhone/Android, then GIPHY is your best bet. Here is how to post a GIF on Instagram Story and Instagram Feed using GIPHY.

    Step 1
    Launch GIPHY’s mobile app and log into your account.
    Step 2
    Select a GIF and tap the “Share” button.

    Tap the share button which looks like a plane > select the Instagram icon. As you tap the Instagram icon, you may opt to post a GIF on Instagram Story or Instagram Feed.

    Choose to post a GIF on Instagram Story or Instagram Feed on iPhone by GIPHY

    Choose to post a GIF on Instagram Story or Instagram Feed on iPhone by GIPHY.

    Step 3
    Post a GIF on Instagram Story.

    Tap the “Story” button > tap Your Story. Then, GIPHY will automatically post this GIF on your Instagram story.

    Tap Your Story to post a GIF on Instagram Story from your iPhone by GIPHY

    Tap Your Story to post a GIF on Instagram Story from your iPhone by GIPHY.

    Step 4
    Post a GIF on your Instagram Feed.

    For this time, tap the “Feed” button, GIPHY will automatically convert the chosen GIF into a 15-sec looping video in your camera roll. Select this video in the camera roll > tap Next > choose a frame from your video for the cover image, add captions, tag people, add location, etc. > tap the Share button.

    Post a GIF on Instagram Feed from the camera roll on iPhone by GIPHY

    Post a GIF on Instagram Feed from the camera roll on iPhone by GIPHY.

    Also, read the 8 best GIFs to MP4 converters online.

    How to Make and Post Your GIFs on Instagram from PC

    Well, if you wanna create your own GIFs from your videos and post them on your Instagram Feed from a PC, a great workaround is using FlexClip online video maker.

    Use FlexClip to make your GIFs and post them on Instagram from your PC.

  • With FlexClip, you easily trim or split your footage and create a looping video as if an animated GIF on the intuitive timeline, with no software download and experience needed.
  • You may also add royalty-free music and sound effects to spice up your GIFs while tons of GIPHY's stickers, illustrations, and animated texts are available within FlexClip’s video editor.
  • Besides, FlexClip also offers you extensive designer-made and fully-customizable Instagram video templates. So, you can easily drag and drop your video assets to create a scroll-stoping video in clicks away.
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    So, walk with me to create and post your GIFs on your Instagram Feed from PC:

    Step 1
    Select a free Instagram template, preview it, and click the Customize button.
    Select an Instagram video template

    Select an Instagram video template.

    Step 2
    Upload your video assets to FlexClip from your PC or phone.
    Upload your footage to FlexClip

    Upload your footage to FlexClip.

    Step 3
    Replace the video background with yours.

    Drag and drop your footage to replace the pre-made video background. You can trim or split the clips for the video moments needed on the intuitive timeline.

    Replace the premade video background with your footage and trim and split clips

    Replace the premade video background with your footage and trim and split clips.

    Step 4
    Customize the texts and text animations.

    Double-click the premade texts > type in your texts and customize the text styles, font, color, size, position, spacing, etc. Then click the Motion tool and select a text animation, such as typewriter, glitter, burst, bounce, flip, stomp, etc. to animate the text. The speed and duration of the animation are also customizable.

    Add text animations and text styles to the video

    Add text animations and text styles to the video.

    Or you can click the Text tab and scroll down to use more designer-made text animations, such as wedding titles, birthday titles, minimal titles, profiles, speech bubbles, quotes, callout titles, search bars, news tickers, etc. And click the Elements tab, and you can add animated GIF stickers and illustrations to jazz up your videos.

    Add more text animations and GIF stickers to your videos

    Add more text animations and GIF stickers to your videos.

    Step 5
    Add royalty-free music and sound effects.

    Click the Music tab, then you can add multiple royalty-free music and sound effects like pop-up sounds for the text animations to add rhythm, interest, and emotions to your videos.

    Add royalty-free music and sound effects to the video

    Add royalty-free music and sound effects to the video.

    Step 6
    Duplicate the video many times to create the looping GIF effects.
    Duplicate the clip to create the looping GIF effects

    Duplicate the clip to create the looping GIF effects.

    Step 7
    Click the Export button and download the looping video to your pc.
    Step 8
    Post the looping video as a GIF on your Instagram Feed.

    Open Instagram’s home page on your browser > log into your account > click on the “+” icon on the top right corner > upload your video from the PC > click “Next”> Add a cover photo or trim the video length and hit “Next” > finally add captions, hashtags, tag people, location > press the “Share” button to post your animated GIF video on Instagram Feed.

    Upload and post your looping video on Instagram Feed from PC

    Upload and post your looping video on Instagram Feed from PC.

    How to Post a GIF on Instagram Story by Boomerang Feature

    Well, apart from using GIPHY or uploading a looping video to post a GIF on Instagram Story from your PC, you may use Instagram Story's Boomerang feature to create and post a 6-second video looping back and forth as if an animated GIF on Instagram Story.

    Step 1
    Go to your Instagram home page and tap the “Your Story” icon.
    Tap Your Story on the Instagram home page

    Tap Your Story on the Instagram home page.

    Step 2
    Create the Boomerang.

    Tap "Camera" and tap the Boomerang icon on the second section. Tap and hold the circle icon for a few seconds. Then Instagram will shoot multiple images and create a Boomerang looping video.

    Create the Boomerang

    Create the Boomerang.

    Step 3
    Tap Your Story to share the Boomerang as a Looping GIF on your Instagram Story.
    Share your Boomerang as a looping GF on Instagram Story

    Share your Boomerang as a looping GF on Instagram Story.

    How to Post a GIF on Instagram Story by GIF Stickers

    Well, another way to post a GIF on Instagram Story is to use GIF Stickers to add multiple GIFs to your photo or video and share it on Instagram Story. Here is how to do it.

    Step 1
    Go to your Instagram home page and tap the "Your Story" icon.
    Tap Your Story on Instagram's home page

    Tap Your Story on Instagram's home page.

    Step 2
    Select a photo or video for your Instagram Story post.
    Select a photo or video to post on Instagram Story

    Select a photo or video to post on Instagram Story.

    Step 3
    Add GIFs to your photo or video on Instagram Story.

    Tap the Sticker icon on the top screen > GIF > select GIFs you like and them into the photo or video. You may draw a line to spice up your GIFs.

    Add GIFs to photos or videos on Instagram Story

    Add GIFs to photos or videos on Instagram Story.

    Step 5
    Tap Your Story to post this photo or video with GIFs on your Instagram Story.

    Bonus: How to Send GIFs in Instagram DMs

    Nowadays, Instagram's latest update also allows you to send GIFs as you can directly message someone on Instagram.

    All you need to do is DM someone and type in your text > tap the search icon > then you can directly use the animated texts or search for GIFs to your liking and send the GIF to the person you are chatting with. Pretty helpful.

    Send GIFs in Instagram DMs

    Send GIFs in Instagram DMs.

    Now, It's Your Move

    So, that’s how you can post a GIF on Instagram Story or Instagram Feed from your phone and directly from your PC. If you find this tutorial helpful, don't forget to share it on your Facebook or Twitter and leave your comments to us. Much appreciated! Hopefully, you can create fascinating GIFs and post them on your Instagram and get more likes and comments.

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