Instagram recently introduced a new feature that permits users to comment GIFs on posts.
These GIFs are sourced from the GIPHY website, a search engine for GIFs that was acquired by Meta in May 2020.
One can search for any GIF they desire, and Instagram will retrieve it from GIPHY.
Nevertheless, not all users have access to this feature, and you may be wondering why you cannot comment GIFs or how to address the issue if the GIF comment option is not showing, not functioning, or absent on Instagram.
This guide will provide you with the answers.
The reason why you are unable to comment GIFs on Instagram is that the feature has not been made available to all users yet.
It was recently introduced to a limited number of users, as can be seen in a screenshot posted by a Reddit user.
Some users have reported having access to the feature, while others do not. As with any new feature, Instagram undergoes a testing phase that can last for weeks or months.
For instance, when Reels was first launched, it was not accessible in all countries and took a few months to become available globally.
Similarly, Instagram is currently testing out GIF comments to assess whether it enhances user engagement on the platform. If the feature proves successful, it will likely be introduced to all users gradually.
To address the issue of the GIF comment option not appearing on Instagram, you should attempt to update the app via the App Store or Google Play Store.
Once you've updated the app, navigate to the comments section of an Instagram post to see if the option is now available. You should also check for a "More" option beneath the GIF comment.
If this option is present, you can select it, search for a GIF, and post it. However, if the feature is still not available, you will need to wait until it is rolled out to you. This can take a few weeks or even months, depending on various factors.
Numerous users have taken to Twitter to complain about the Instagram GIF feature not functioning properly.
Many are puzzled as to why they are unable to view GIFs or comment with them.
Some have expressed their frustration with not having access to the feature, while others are unaware of how to activate it. Based on comments from Twitter, Reddit, and other social media platforms, it appears that not everyone has the ability to post GIFs as comments on Instagram.
Regrettably, there is no estimated time of arrival (ETA) from Instagram regarding when the feature will be made available to all users. In fact, the company did not even publish a blog post about the feature's introduction.