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

13 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!

    1. actually it’s not that flexible. Interprets URLs as Giphy search strings. So if you are trying to share YOUR video, it’s actually very difficult.

      Best way is to convert your animated gif to an mp4 (many apps or use an online converter like onlineconverter.com- not an endorsement) AND in your device’s local photo gallery, Instagram will load it no problem.

    1. If you first save the video in an album through the google photo app, then go into that album and open up the gif again, tap on the little square with an upward arrow button and then scroll a long to “save as video” – it should then be in your camera roll

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