Instagram Stories keep getting more colorful — literally. A few months ago, Instagram announced a bunch of forthcoming features specific to the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. The one that got the most attention was more vivid color capture, but I was most excited by the ability to post GIFs to Instagram Stories without Boomerang — by turning Apple Live photos into Boomerang videos.
Here's how it works. If you have an iPhone 7, you can convert Apple Live photos to back-and-forth Boomerang videos before you upload them to your Instagram Story. If you're new to the iPhone — or your grasp of technology is tenuous at best (no judgment)— Apple Live photos capture a few moments before and after you take a photo. When you swipe through your camera roll later, Apple Live photos briefly animate, kind of like a cross between a GIF and a short video.
In September, Instagram announced that iPhone 7 users would eventually be able to convert Apple Live photos directly to Boomerangs, but it's been slow to roll out. On Thursday, though, Instagram cofounder Mike Krieger tweeted that the new iPhone 7 features, including Apple Live photo conversion, had been rolled out to "almost everyone."
So how do you use this new feature? Here's your step-by-step guide to converting Apple Live photos to Boomerangs for all your GIF-ing needs.