How To Upload Animated GIFs to Instagram

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Instagram is the perfect way to share images and videos with your followers and the world. The focus is on the image, with the text being merely complimentary to the visuals. There are so many ways to draw attention to your pictures, with filters, editing, and Instagram stories allowing you to draw and write on images.

Yet, have you ever tried to upload an animated GIF to Instagram?

If you did, you have surely noticed that it will not be animated. Instead, there will only be a static image of the first frame. What if we tell you that you can upload animated GIFs to Instagram though – with a little trick!

Read also: Save Photos & Videos From Instagram


Upload Animated GIFs To Instagram

Of course, Instagram is mainly used to share images and videos of yourself, of your daily life. However, it is also used to share images you found on the internet for example. So far, there had been no real way to share animated GIFs with someone since Instagram only posts a static image of the animation.

The tutorial below will show you a little trick on how you can still post your favorite animated GIF on Instagram!


1. Get The Link Of Your GIF

We bet that you have your own sources for amazing, funny or even calming animated GIFs. No matter if you found it on tumblr, google, 9gag or giphy – what you need is the link to the GIF image. On, for example, you can find the link underneath the GIF under the “Advanced” tab.

Copy the link to the clipboard.



2. Go To is a free online file conversion service and we’re going to use it for our GIF. The page is optimized for mobile usage, so don’t worry about having to use a computer.

However, instead of going to the image converters there, go to the video converters. There, choose MP4 as the target file format.


3. Convert Your GIF To Video

There, you can paste the GIF link from your clipboard into the URL field. Of course you can also upload a GIF if you saved it on your device or upload it from Dropbox or Google.

You can ignore all the optional settings and click on “Convert file”.



4. Receive Your Video

After a short wait, the service will successfully have turned your animated GIF into a video. Download it to your device. To do so on an iPhone or other iOS device, you might have to use Dropbox or iTunes for that.


5. Upload The New Video To Instagram

Open your Instagram app. Now, all you have to do is choose the video from your gallery, edit it, add a description and upload it to your profile.



Save Photos & Videos From Instagram!

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Instagram is a great way to share photos and videos with your friends and other fans of your life, clothes, lifestyle or the great photos you take. And of course, others do that to! If you stumble across a great picture or video on your feed, you can admire it, like it, comment, or even send it forward to other Instagram users. But that’s about all you can do when it comes to sharing Instagram posts with other people.

But what if you want to share someone’s posts with your Facebook friends? Or save the image or video on your phone?

Usually, you would have to install yet another app to download and save photos and videos from Instagram. Do you really want that? Packing your phone with even more apps that, in most cases, also add features you don’t want or need or even ads? Also, if you are looking at Instagram profiles on a computer, taking a screenshot and cropping the image can become tedious as well. Let alone that you’d need a screen recorder to save the videos and even have to edit them afterwards to fit.

Luckily, there is a way easier way that doesn’t require any download, installation or payment!


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Save Photos & Videos From Instagram!

With, saving and storing photos as well as videos from Instagram is easy and fast to do. And it doesn’t cost a thing! Following, we will show you how to do so directly from your smartphone.

For demonstration, we decided to use the lively Instagram profile from National Geographic.


How To Save Instagram Photos

First, lets have a look on how to save photos. For this, you’ll need to open both your Instagram app and a browser on your phone (we are using Chrome on an Android phone).


1. Open a picture on Instagram and tap on the three vertical dots.

2. Choose “Copy Share URL” to copy the URL of the post to your clipboard.

Save Image from Intsagram

3. Open your browser and go to

4. Scroll down to find the “Image converter” and choose the format you want (we suggest either PNG or JPG).

Save Image from Intsagram

5. Paste the link from your clipboard into the URL field.

6. Scroll down and tap on “Convert file”.

Save Image from Intsagram

7. Wait until the conversion is done. We did this on an Android phone which means our file was automatically stored in the “Download” folder of our phone.

Save Image from Intsagram


How To Save Instagram Videos

Saving videos from Instagram results in an even better conversion as you will see below. Again, all you need is to open both your Instagram app and a browser.


1. Open a video on Instagram and tap on the three vertical dots.

2. Choose “Copy Share URL” to copy the URL of the video to your clipboard.

Save Videos from Instagram

3. Open your browser and go to

4. Scroll down to find the “Video converter” and choose the format you want (3GP or 3G2 are optimized for mobile phones, but you can also choose MP4).

5. Paste the link from your clipboard into the URL field and scroll down to tap on “Convert file”.

Save Videos from Instagram

6. Wait until the conversion is done. We did this on an Android phone which means our file was automatically stored in the “Download” folder of our phone.

Here you can see the converted result.


Upload Videos To Social Media

Upload Videos to Social Media
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Social Media is a great tool to share your stories, thoughts, images—and videos!

Video platforms like YouTube, Vimeo and Dailymotion are meant for uploading, sharing, streaming and watching videos from users all over the world. But you can share your funny little clips with your Facebook friends, Twitter and Instagram followers and on Pinterest as well!

In today’s article, we from will tell you everything you need to know about uploading videos to a social media platform like Twitter, Instagram and Facebook!

Read more about optimizing videos for YouTube, Vimeo, Dailymotion



Adding videos to Facebook is fairly easy. All you have to do is to click on the button that usually allows you to add a picture to your timeline. Then, choose the video from your hard drive. Before we have an in-depth look at what specifications you would need for a Facebook video, lets see what you can do to your Facebook video first!

Once you successfully uploaded your video, Facebook enables you to add a title, tag friends and choose a thumbnail still from the video. On pages, you can also add a call to action to the video using the according button. Furthermore, Facebook videos can be embedded in other pages. Some selected few as well as some verified pages are able to use the live video function that broadcasts a stream to their Facebook friends. However, this is only possible using iOS (i.e. an iPhone or iPad).

Max. File Size Max. Length File Formats Specifications
1.75 GB 45 minutes recommended:

  • MOV
  • MP4


  • 3G2, 3GP, 3GPP
  • ASF
  • AVI
  • DIVX
  • FLV
  • MKV
  • OGV
  • WMV
  • full list
for HD videos:

  • MOV or MP4
  • H264 video codec
  • AAC audio codec
  • aspect ratio: 1280px width
  • frame rate: ≤ 30 fps
  • audio sample rate: 44.1 kHz



Twitter features several possibilities on how to add videos to your Twitter feed: recording, importing and uploading.

Using the Twitter mobile app for iPhone and Android 4.4 (and newer), tapping the camera icon and, afterwards, the video icon allows you to record a video.
Using the Twitter app for iPhone and iPad, you can add videos to your feed using the “import” function.
From a computer or with an Android device, uploading a video from your phone or tablet’s gallery or hard drive is no problem either. Click on the button that allows you to add media to a tweet and choose the video you would like.

Before sending out the tweet with your video attached, Twitter enables you to preview the clip as well as doing some minor editing like trimming your video clip. Unfortunately, the direct messaging system does not support video-sending just yet. Furthermore, you can not tag people using their Twitter handle in videos yet.

Of course, just like an image that’s added to Twitter, a video will deduct 23 characters from your tweet.

Max. File Size Max. Length File Formats Specifications
512 MB 30 seconds
  • MOV
  • MP4
  • H264 video codec
  • AAC audio codec
  • min resolution: 32 x 32
  • max resolution: 1920 x 1200
  • aspect ratio: 1:2.39
  • max frame rate: 40 fps
  • max bitrate: 25 Mbps



A picture says more than a thousand words. That’s why Instagram is such a powerful social media platform. But, sometimes, moving images are needed to show off something great. Luckily, Instagram allows you to upload videos as well. Choosing either the video or gallery icon, you can record a video or upload it from your phone’s gallery.

Just like with pictures, Instagram allows you to add a filter to you video and fill in the fields for caption and location. Unfortunately, you can not yet tag people in your videos.

Max. File Size Length File Formats Specifications
15 minutes 3 – 60 seconds
  • MOV
  • MP4
  • H264 video codec
  • AAC ausio codec
  • resolution: 640 x 640
  • aspect ratio: 1:1
  • best frame rate: 29.96 fps
  • audio sample rate: 44.1 kHz



Want to share a video on Pinterest? That’s possible as well! However, only from video platforms like YouTube, Vimeo, etc. Using the “Pin It” button, you can pin the video to your board. The image displayed will be the thumbnail image of the video.

Sadly, uploading videos to Pinterest from your hard drive is not yet possible. It has to be saved somewhere online in order to be “pinnable”.


But what is, in sum, the best video format to upload to any social media platform? Instagram, Twitter and Facebook have a definite answer to this question: