How to Send GIFs on Instagram Direct Messages


Instagram Direct Messages (DMs) have become a popular way to communicate with friends, family, and even businesses on the platform. While text and multimedia messages are the norm, adding a little extra flair to your conversations is always fun. One way to do this is by sending GIFs in your Instagram DMs. In this article, we’ll guide you through the process of sending GIFs in Instagram Direct Messages.

Open Instagram and Access Your DMs


Launch the Instagram app on your mobile device (iOS or Android).
Tap the paper airplane icon located in the top-right corner of your home feed to access your Direct Messages.

Select or Start a Conversation


Choose an existing conversation or start a new one by tapping the “New Message” button in the top-right corner.
Select the recipient(s) you want to send the GIF to.

Access the GIF Search

In the chat window, you’ll see the text input field at the bottom.
To access GIFs, tap on the GIF icon located to the left of the text input field. It looks like a magnifying glass with the word “GIF” beside it.

Search for a GIF

A search bar will appear at the top. Tap it to enter keywords related to the GIF you want to send.
Instagram will display a selection of GIFs that match your search query. Scroll through the results to find the one you like.

Select and Send the GIF

Tap on the GIF you want to send to your recipient(s).
Before sending, you can add a message or caption if desired.
Once you’re ready, tap the “Send” button (it looks like an airplane) to send the GIF in the chat.

Enjoy Your GIF in the Chat

Your selected GIF will now be sent to the chat, and your recipient(s) will be able to view it instantly.

Pro Tips

Use Keywords Wisely

To find the perfect GIF, use relevant keywords in your search. For example, if you’re talking about cats, type “cat” or something related to cats in the search bar.

GIF Reaction

GIFs are great for expressing emotions or reactions. Use them to convey laughter, excitement, or any other feeling.

Multiple GIFs

You can send multiple GIFs in a single message. Just tap the GIF icon again to search and select another GIF before sending.

Customize Messages

Feel free to add a personalized message or comment along with the GIF to give context to your conversation.

Save Your Favorites

If you come across a GIF you love, tap the star icon to save it to your favorites for easy access in the future.


Sending GIFs in Instagram Direct Messages is a fun way to liven up your conversations and express yourself visually. With these simple steps, you can easily find, select, and send GIFs to your friends and followers on Instagram. So go ahead, start sharing those hilarious and heartwarming GIFs to enhance your Instagram DM experience!

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