Instagram recently rolled out a new feature that allows you to comment GIFs on a post.
These GIFs are taken directly from the GIPHY website.
GIPHY is a search engine for GIFs that is acquired by Meta in May 2020.
You can search for any GIF you want and Instagram will retrieve it from GIPHY.
However, not all users have the feature and you might be wondering how to get it.
In this guide, you’ll learn why can’t you comment GIFs and how to fix the GIF comment option not showing, not working, or missing on Instagram.
Why can’t I comment GIFs on Instagram?
You can’t comment GIFs on Instagram because the feature is not rolled out to everyone yet.
Instagram recently released the feature to a selected number of users.
A Reddit user posted a screenshot of a user having the GIF option.
Some users claimed that they have it while others said that they don’t have it.
Each time Instagram launches something new, they will test it out.
The testing phase can take weeks to months to complete.
For instance, when Instagram first launched Reels, it was not available in every country.
It took a few months before it was released globally.
Similarly, GIF comments are fairly new and Instagram is testing out the feature to see if it increases engagement on the platform.
If it does, the feature will most likely be released to every user on a gradual basis.
How to fix GIF comment option not showing on Instagram
To fix the GIF comment option not showing on Instagram, try updating the app on the App Store or Google Play Store.
After you’ve updated the app, open the comments section of an Instagram post and check if you have the option.
In addition, you need to check if there’s a “More” option under a GIF comment.
If there is, you can select the option, search for a GIF, and select it to post it.
Otherwise, you need to wait until the feature is rolled out to you.
This can take a few weeks to months depending on multiple factors.
Many users are complaining on Twitter that the Instagram GIF feature is not working for them.
“Everybody using GIFs on Instagram but I can’t see them. It’s just blank!”
“How are people commenting GIFs on instagram”.
“You can add GIFs to comments on Instagram now, but I don’t have that option. Wow!”.
Based on Twitter, Reddit, and other social media platforms, not everyone is able to post GIFs as comments.
Unfortunately, it’s not known when Instagram will release the feature to everyone as there is no ETA given by the company.
In fact, Instagram did not even make a blog post about the feature’s launch.