How to make GIFs for Instagram

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You are looking for a guide who can show you in detail how to create gif for instagram? Very well, you just found it! In this in-depth study we will give you all the instructions to succeed in your intent. If you no longer want to use the usual animated images taken from the web and would like to create them yourself GIF to share on the popular social network, all you have to do is read the next lines carefully.


So take a few minutes of free time: we are sure that, once you have finished reading, you will have a clearer picture of everything. But no more delay, let's go!


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How to make GIFs for Instagram

The first thing you need to know is that the procedure is different depending on whether you want to share the GIF on an Instagram story (read also How to put links in Instagram Stories) or publish it directly in your profile feed. In any case, at the time of writing, the social network does not offer its registered users the ability to create GIFs directly from its application.

It is therefore necessary to resort to external tools, such as the platform GIPHY.com, which is a real institution for the creation of images of this type.

The GIPHY database is also accessible directly from the story creation screen: in this way you can upload the GIFs you will create on GIPHY to Instagram. At least with reference to the stories. Because as far as poste and Reel are concerned, there is no support for .GIF files.

To share a GIF on the Instagram feed it is essential to convert animated images to video. Only once this is done, it is possible to publish them on the social network and make them actually appear as GIFs. We especially recommend apps like GIF Me! e Motion Stills.



How to create GIFs for Instagram stories

Having said that, now we can go and see in practice how to create GIFs for Instagram stories. It all lies in knowing how to use the GIPHY editor, through which it is possible to create GIFs that can be published on Instagram stories. The GIFs you create, however, must be approved by the portal in question, otherwise they will not be included in its database. To be accepted, a first essential requirement is that they have transparent edges.

But let's find out concretely how to create GIFs on Giphy. Here are the steps to take, point by point:

  • Download the Giphy app on your device
  • Start the app and then click on "Get Started!"
  • Create an account by entering your email, username and password, then tap "Sign Up" (you can possibly use your Facebook account or Apple ID to authenticate)
  • Click on "Create" at the top right
  • In the screen that opens, press the icon of the photo with the white landscape at the bottom right to use a GIF created previously and saved on your device
  • Tap on the preview of the image to insert to start the upload

At this point you can make a series of changes (text insertion, cuts, etc.), and once done, tap on the arrow icon at the bottom right and press on "Upload to GIPHY”Twice in a row. Now all that remains is to wait for your GIF to be approved by the GIPHY team. The moment it is approved (you can check the approval status directly from the app itself), you can insert it into the Instagram story. To do this, start the social app, press the (+) symbol at the top right and choose the "History" item in the menu at the bottom.


At this point, press the Aa icon you see on the right and then at the top of the sticker. From there choose the GIF item, and in the search field type your GIPHY username (eg @username). This way you can insert the GIF you want!


How to create custom Instagram GIFs

Great, you should now have a complete and comprehensive overview of how to create custom GIFs on instagram. So we just have to make an appointment for the next one, in the hope that our guide has been useful to you in practice. Here is a guide that might be for you: How to put GIFs on Instagram

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