WhatsApp is today finally rolling out a long overdue feature every one of its competitors has been offering for ages — stickers. Yes, after months in testing, everyone can now natively send stickers on WhatsApp apart from GIFs and emojis.
Stickers on WhatsApp are similar to what you’ll find on other messaging apps. You can choose from a bunch of sticker packs and spam your friends’ chat windows with huge, goofy cartoons. For now, WhatsApp offers a total of twelve sticker packs which you can install or uninstall at any time through the sticker store. Sadly, though, none of them are animated unlike what you have on apps like Facebook Messenger. Perhaps, that’s coming in a later update.
How to Use Stickers on WhatsApp
To access Stickers on WhatsApp, you will have to tap the little emoji button on the chat bar, and at the bottom row, you will now find a third option for stickers besides the GIF and emoji tabs. By default, WhatsApp preloads only a single pack but you can grab more from the store. To add new ones, you will have to tap the plus icon situated on the top right inside the Stickers tab.
WhatsApp even categorizes all the stickers based on emotions and moods such as happy, sad, love so that it’s easier for you to find the one you’re looking for. Moreover, you can long-press a specific sticker to add it to the favorites tab. If you’d like to get rid of a collection, you will need to enter the sticker store and in the “My Stickers” tab, there’s a delete option against every installed pack.
At the bottom of the sticker store, an option which says “Get More Stickers” is available as well but we couldn’t get any of the third-party packs to integrate natively with WhatsApp just yet. The ones you send from those apps are simply forwarded as images.
How to Get Stickers on WhatsApp
While WhatsApp is yet to officially announce the arrival of stickers on its messaging platform, the feature is already available for all iOS and Android users on the 2.18.100 and 2.18.329 builds respectively. In addition, they are also compatible with WhatsApp Web and the service’s desktop clients. Therefore, if you still haven’t received the update, we would recommend either heading over to the app store now or sideloading the APK file. If none of those ways work, you can try backing up your chats and reinstalling WhatsApp entirely on your phone.