Instagram now lets you send GIFs

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Photo-sharing app Instagram has today got the support for GIFs (Graphics Interchange Format) in its Direct platform. Instagram Direct is nothing but the messenger service on the app, using which Instagrammers can communicate privately with each other.

The GIF support will be powered by Giphy, an online database and search engine that allows users to search, also there on Facebook-owned WhatsApp.



GIFs in Direct are available today in the latest version of Instagram for both iOS and Android. If you are wondering how to send GIF to a direct message on Instagram, here is what you need to do:

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Open Instagram and tap on Direct icon placed on the top right corner

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Choose a conversation by tapping on the username or group’s name to open the conversation

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Look for GIF in the Message box at the bottom of the screen

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Search for appropriate GIFs oy you can swipe left to see the suggested GIFs as well

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Once you search for a GIF, you will also see a “Random” option that will send a random GIF related to your search



Following this roll out, one can expect that the platform may soon get the support for commenting in Instagram posts with GIFs. This feature is already available on Facebook. This feature was rolled out for the social networking platform back in June 2017. The button is visible on both desktop and mobile platforms. The company says that the new GIF button has been rolled out to celebrate the 30th anniversary of GIF format.
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