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WhatsApp is finally adding support for stickers. While other social media platforms and messaging apps have supported stickers for a long time, WhatsApp has resisted the urge. But with competition amongst messaging apps fierce, WhatsApp has joined the party.
Gone are the days when you would just message people using words. Now, you’re expected to add emojis, GIFs, and stickers in order to jazz up your boring conversations. I personally find stickers rather annoying, but it looks like they’re here to stay.
How to Use Stickers on WhatsApp
In a post on the WhatsApp Blog, WhatsApp explains how it wants to help people “express themselves with stickers”. This is because, according to WhatsApp, “stickers help you share your feelings in a way that you can’t always express with words”.
To use stickers in WhatsApp:
- Open an existing chat.
- Tap the stickers icon.
- Tap the plus icon to add sticker packs.
- Tap the download icon next to the sticker pack you want.
- Find and tap the sticker you want to send.
If you tap the clock icon you can see your recently used stickers. And if you tap the star icon you can see your favorite stickers. WhatsApp is starting out with sticker packs created in-house, but third-party sticker packs should start appearing soon.
Stickers are available on WhatsApp for Android and iOS. WhatsApp has stated that stickers will be rolling out “over the coming weeks”. So, if you can’t already see the stickers icon, try manually updating WhatsApp regularly until the icon appears.
Not Everyone Appreciates Stickers
WhatsApp is right to add the option for people to send stickers to their friends. However, just as with emojis and GIFs, it’s important to consider whether the person you’re messaging will appreciate them or not. Or you may get muted or blocked.
WhatsApp is constantly adding new features, so it was only a matter of time before they added stickers. If you want to keep on top of the best new features WhatsApp has added over the years, you should bookmark that article and check it regularly for updates.