The popular WhatsApp messaging platform introduced support for stickers some time ago. However, creating your own stickers was not an easy task, since you had to use third-party applications to do it, import them and, in many cases, delete the old pack so as not to accumulate outdated sticker packs. What has been an unbearable roll. Luckily, the latest version of WhatsApp for iPhone finally allows users to easily create your own stickers for the application from your own photos from the gallery.
As WABetaInfo has announced, the new feature was quietly introduced with version 23.3.77 of WhatsApp for iOS, which is now available on the App Store. With this update, users can easily choose one of their photos to directly convert it into a WhatsApp sticker. However, not all that glitters is gold. We have a problem.
Unlike what some users might expect, there is no clear interface to create a sticker pack. Instead, WhatsApp has integrated its stickers feature with the new iOS 16 API. that separates the subject of a photo when you use the drag and drop gesture. What does this mean? That, although they will be saved in the app, we will not have our “own” sticker pack created in WhatsApp but every time we want to create a sticker from one of our photos, we will have to do the following:
- Open the Photos app on your iPhone
- choose a photo
- Touch and hold the subject that you want to turn into a sticker (in the same way as if you were to separate it from the background for any other action)
- Drag and drop it in a WhatsApp conversation
Once this is done, WhatsApp will ask you if you want to convert that photo to a sticker. Of course, as this feature is based on the detection of subjects in images that was introduced with iOS 16, You cannot use older versions of iOS to create WhatsApp stickers. Also, we must take into account that it is a functionality that, as always, WhatsApp is rolling it out little by little in users who already have this version of their app, so if you don’t have it, it will soon be available to you.
Notably, iMessage and Telegram also allow you to create stickers from your photos using the same method.