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How to Send GIFs in a Direct Message on Instagram

Here are the detailed steps of how to send GIFs in direct messages on Instagram. GIFs now are supported to share and send in Instagram’s Direct Messages, let’s see how to send GIFs in a direct message on Instagram to make the conversation funnier and more active.

Updated Dec 07,2018 | by Niko

Instagram is one of the most popular social network platforms now owned by Facebook, and more than 800 millions of users share photos and videos on Instagram. In addition to photo and video-sharing, actually you can send direct messages to someone on Instagram.

The feature is called Instagram Direct, and you can send these things as a message on Instagram, including photos, videos, posts, profiles, texts, hashtags, locations and GIFs. Before we discuss how to send GIFs in a direct message on Instagram, you can check these related tips first.

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How to Send GIFs in a Direct Message on Instagram

To send GIFs in a direct message on Instagram, you have to tap a username or group name to start a new conversation or open an existing one.


Currently, the Instagram Direct is available to use on the mobile apps (iOS and Android). Instagram doesn’t allow users to use the DM feature on the web. If you want to send message on Instagram when using a computer, you can download and install the native Instagram app from the Windows store to access this feature.

How to Send GIFs in a direct message on Instagram? Let’s go to figure it out.

1. Tap the “Paper Plane” icon in the top right of Feed to enter the Messages list


2. Open an existing conversation or start a new one

3. Tap GIF or Image icon to send GIFs

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·         If you want to send GIFs on your iPhone, then tap the image icon (the second one) and choose animated GIFs from your iPhone album and send

·         Or you can tap the GIF icon to search for a GIF or swipe left to see more GIFs. For example, tap in “laugh” and it will show you GIFs about laugh

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4. Tap a GIF to send it instantly

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How to Download Instagram Photos & Videos to GIFs

In addition to searching or using the random GIFs, you are able to create own GIFs by using Instagram photos and videos as well. Free download IOTransfer, a reliable Instagram photo & video downloader, to download any Instagram photos & videos, and make the media resources to GIFs with ease.

·         Simply copy & paste the Instagram post link, IOTransfer will download the Instagram photos or videos to PC and iOS devices for you.

·         Upload images or videos, adjust settings like image duration, GIF size, or start/end time and etc. and create GIFs easily

Here is the detailed information of how to download Instagram photos & videos to GIFs. And see more other useful features of IOTransfer.

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