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Sharing photos and videos to Instagram is a no-brainer. But sharing GIFs? That requires a little more work.

The first thing you need to know about sharing GIFs to Instagram is that you’re not really sharing a GIF after it’s all said and done. 

What I mean is, the GIF you want to share basically needs to be converted into a video file. More specifically, an MP4 video file.

Yeah, it’s a little bit of a pain in the ass to convert the files, but hey, if you want to grow your meme-based Insta to even come close to @fuckjerry, you’re gonna need to put in the hard work. 

For iOS

There are dozens of apps available that’ll convert your GIFs into a video file, but none as fast as using GifLab (free) for iOS.

Step 1: Save the the GIF you want to share to Instagram to your camera roll. 

Step 2: Open GifLab and select “GIF to Instagram.”

Step 3: Select your GIF and adjust the playback speed.

Step 4: Tap “Save and share on Instagram.”

Step 5: Break out the 🍸🍷🍹, and enjoy how damn easy that was.

For Android

On Android, the easiest way to post a GIF is with GIPHY CAM (free).

Step 1: Save the the GIF you want to share to Instagram to your camera roll (Download folder). 

Step 2: Open GIPHY CAM and tap on the camera roll (film strip).

Step 3: Select your GIF and then tap the > button.

Step 4: Wait for the GIF to convert, tap the Instagram button, and then share.

Step 5: Break out the 🍸🍷🍹, and enjoy how damn easy that was.

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