Instagram: Here’s How to Share a GIF in a Direct Message

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Instagram launched the ability for users to share GIFs in Instagram Direct messages. Our guide will show you how this works.

Note: These screenshots were captured in the Instagram application on iOS.

Step 1: On your Instagram home feed, tap the paper airplane symbol in the top-right corner of the screen to go to your Direct message inbox.

Step 2: Tap the conversation you wish to send a GIF in. Note: You can also tap the “+” in the top-right corner of the screen to create a new conversation.

Step 3: Tap the GIF button at the bottom of the screen.

Step 4: Either swipe left and right to browse the trending GIFs Instagram presents you with, and tap one to send it, or type a search query to search for different GIFs.

Step 5: If you chose to search for a GIF, swipe left and right on the search results and tap the GIF you want to send. You can also tap the random button to send a random GIF that matches your search term. Finally, you can tap the large “X” to erase your search term and search for something else.

Note: The first time you tap “Random,” you’ll see a pop-up telling you how random GIFs work. Tap “Send” on this pop-up if you want to go ahead with sending the random GIF.