Even though a little late, WhatsApp now also joins the party of apps that have added support for sticker packs in the form of the latest beta releases. The updates you should be looking for are coming with version number 2.18.329 and above, that are enabling sticker packs. But WhatsApp developers are in some kind of a server-side testing mood, so it is not available for everyone as of now. They also announced that this feature will go live for everyone over the coming weeks, so be on the lookout.
As we mentioned above, the stickers feature is being enabled through a server-side switch, but besides that, there are two other ways to trigger it. If you send a sticker in a chat from WhatsApp Web, or someone else sends you one, this may work out. By the way, we are not 100% sure, but there are reports that this trick successfully switches it on. Furthermore, reported by @WABetaInfo on Twitter, downloading an external sticker pack from the Play Store is something different that you can try. For example, you can install MOON Stickers for WhatsApp, which should enable it as well.
The stickers button lies next to the emoji and GIFs icons at the bottom of a panel, which shows up when you tap on the smiley icon next to a text box. From there is access in tabbed fashion to your most recently used stickers, your favorites, packs, or the section to add and manage by touching the '+' sign.
In other words:
- Open WhatsApp and enter a chat.
- Tap on the smiley icon in the bottom left corner.
- Click on the third button on the row above the navigation bar.
- For extra settings and packs, select the '+' button.
To favorite a sticker - long-pressing on it.
Somewhat of an interesting choice that stood out to me is the way WhatsApp shows up stickers next to one another. By that, I mean that it displays two in a row, which saves a lot of screen space. Another thing I would like to point out is that stickers in packs are categorized by the sentiment behind them.
We have some great news. Creating custom sticker packs for WhatsApp is a possibility, and perhaps very easy to do. Follow this guide on WhatsApp's blog, which explains everything you have to know. Spoiler alert! Sticker packs can be published on the Play Store.
The intention behind stickers is expressing your emotions even better, but between emojis, GIFs and stickers, I am pretty sure that everyone is going agree here that the confusion with questions like when and what to use is raising. It is good though that we still have choices, and ignore everything.
What can be improved about this feature and is this something that you were waiting for? Please, tell us in the comments.