Instagram brings GIF stickers to photos and videos for stories

Instagram has today launched GIF stickers for use in the social media platform’s stories. The company also announced that it will soon launch a feature to help with posting content with different aspect ratios.

Instagram shared the updates today in a blog post. The new GIF stickers are sourced from GIPHY and can be used in photos and videos within stories.

Here’s how Instagram describes the new feature and how to use it:

When you tap to add a sticker to a photo or video in stories, you’ll now see a new GIF option. Tap it to open a library full of hundreds of thousands of moving stickers powered by GIPHY. You can browse what’s currently trending on GIPHY or search their extensive collection to find a sticker for just about anything. From bouncing letters and twirling hearts to dancing cats and pizza in space, these animated stickers help you make any photo or video funny, interesting or creative.

The update also mentions that users will soon be able to add photos and videos “of any size to your story,” referring to the aspect ratio rather than file size.

When you upload a photo or video, pinch to share it in its original dimensions, whether it’s square, portrait or landscape. Any extra room will be filled with a custom color gradient that matches what you’ve shared.

The new GIF stickers should be live now for all users, while the new photo/video sizing feature will rollout in the “coming weeks.”

Other recent updates include the option to follow hashtags, Instagram pushing more recommended content, and the ability to share live videos in direct messages.

Instagram is a free download from the App Store.

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