Posting Google Photos animations to Instagram involves a few steps since you can’t directly share from Google Photos to Instagram. Here’s a general guide on how to do it:

1. Save the Animation from Google Photos
On Mobile:
1. Open the Google Photos app.
2. Find the animation you want to post. Animations can usually be found under the “Utilities” section or in your main photo library if you’ve recently viewed them.
3. Open the animation.
4. Tap the three dots in the top right corner and select “Download” or the download icon directly. The animation will save as a video file in your device’s photo gallery.

On Desktop:
1. Go to photos.google.com in your web browser.
2. Locate the animation you wish to download.
3. Click on the animation to open it.
4. Click the three dots in the upper right corner and select “Download”.

2. Post the Animation to Instagram
As a Post:
1. Open the Instagram app on your mobile device.
2. Tap the “+” icon at the bottom of the screen to create a new post.
3. Select the video (animation) you downloaded from Google Photos from your gallery.
4. Adjust the crop and cover if necessary. Instagram allows you to post videos, but they must be between 3 seconds and 60 seconds in length. If your animation is too short, you might need to loop it using a video editing app before posting.
5. Add a caption, tags, and location if desired.
6. Share your post.

As a Story:
1. Open Instagram and swipe right or tap your avatar with the “+” in the top left corner to add a new story.
2. Swipe up to open your gallery or tap the gallery icon.
3. Select the animation you saved from Google Photos.
4. Add any text, stickers, or filters.
5. Tap “Your Story” at the bottom to post it or “Send To” to share it with specific friends.

Tips
– Ensure the animation’s duration is suitable for Instagram. Instagram posts require videos to be between 3 to 60 seconds. For stories, the maximum length is 15 seconds per segment, but you can upload longer videos, and Instagram will split them into multiple segments.
– If the animation is too short, consider using a video editing app to loop the animation to meet Instagram’s minimum video length requirement.
– Verify the video’s resolution and aspect ratio. Instagram prefers different dimensions for posts (1:1 for square posts, 4:5 for portrait, and 1.91:1 for landscape) and stories (9:16).
– You might need to adjust privacy settings for the post depending on your preferences.

By following these steps, you can successfully share your Google Photos animations on Instagram, whether as a post or a story.