With the latest Instagram update, you can add GIF stickers to any photo or video in your story. Simply tap the sticker icon and click the GIF option.
This has been a long time coming: given just how popular GIFs are among younger generations, Instagram’s latest move makes a perfect sense. With Instagram 29, you will see an option to add GIFs to your stories. Whether it’s a photo or a video, tap the sticker icon on top, click the GIF button, and there you’ll see a range of animated stickers from bouncing letters to dancing cats.
Additionally, Instagram says that another update will roll out in the near future, which will let you upload photos and videos of any size to your story. Even if it’s in landscape, you can pinch to share it in its original size instead of having to awkwardly cut out some of your friends. What about all the blank space, you may be wondering – according to the social media company, the extra room will be “filled with a custom color gradient that matches what you’ve shared.”
This new feature is rolling out to the Android app, so head to the Play Store link below to download or update your Instagram app!
Instagram lets you send live videos as direct messages
December 21, 2017: Following the recent hashtag update, Instagram is adding a new feature to live videos. You should now see a Direct icon when you’re recording a live video, and with a simple tap, you can share your live video with friends and followers. As the company explains, people will be able to view the video if you’re currently live, and when it’s over, they will see a message indicating that the video session has ended.
You can now follow hashtags on Instagram, not just people
December 12, 2017: With the latest update, you can follow hashtags in addition to Instagram accounts. As the company explains, following a hashtag is just like a following a friend: search a topic that you’re into or tap any hashtag you see, and on top of the results page, you will see a follow button. If you follow #Android, you’ll see relevant posts from that hashtag in your feed and your stories bar. You will be able to unfollow your hashtags the same way.