Instagram Stories: Here’s How to Use GIFs in Create Mode

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Instagram recently added a Create mode to Instagram Stories, which allows you to share posts that don’t contain any of your photos or videos. The Create mode has multiple post options to choose from, such as Templates and GIFs. Our guide will show you how to use the GIFs option.

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

Step 1: On the Instagram Stories camera screen, swipe right or left to move into the “Create” mode. The word “Create” needs to be directly under the capture button.

Step 2: Swipe left on the circles near the capture button to switch to the “GIFs” option. You want the circle with the word “GIF” to be on the capture button.

Step 3: Tap “Search GIPHY.”

Step 4: Type a search query.

Step 5: The first GIF in the search results will automatically be added to your post for you to preview. Swipe right and left on the search results to browse additional GIFs, and tap on a thumbnail to preview it.

Step 6: When you’ve found the GIF you wish to use on your post, tap “Next” in the top-right corner of the screen.

From there, you can continue editing your post as normal (for instance, by adding stickers, text, and more) before sharing it.