Quick tip: Sending your GIFs to Instagram

Google Photos automatically makes cool looping animations from your bursts, but you can’t share these GIFs directly on Instagram. Fortunately there’s a workaround (only on iOS for the moment):

  1. Select the animation.
  2. Tap the Share icon.
  3. Choose “Save as video.” Photos will automatically replicate the sequence a number of times to preserve the looping effect (useful on platforms like Facebook that don’t auto-loop the video).
  4. In Instagram, select the video from your camera roll & post it as you would any other.

And voila, you get something like this:


That thing where you’re just glad that #TheMountain didn’t eat your children. #HighlandGames

A video posted by John Nack (@jnack) onSep 7, 2015 at 4:08pm PDT

7 thoughts on “Quick tip: Sending your GIFs to Instagram

  1. FYI, Facebook will now allow you to display GIF animations, as long as the image is hosted elsewhere. If you use a share link from Google Photos, that should allow the animated GIF to display on any Facebook post.

    No need to convert to video for Facebook!

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