WhatsApp has recently introduced a new feature in the latest version of WhatsApp for iOS available on the App Store and the TestFlight app that allows users to create custom stickers from their own images by supporting an official iOS 16 API, eliminating the need for third-party applications to create certain stickers.
|Name of the feature?||Sticker maker tool|
|Compatibility?||WhatsApp for iOS 23.3.77 is marked as a compatible update.|
|I’ve updated my version of WhatsApp from the App Store but this feature is not available. Why?||It is only possible to use this feature on iOS 16.|
|Thanks:||SiLent, Tomer Shkolnik, Thales, ismailhnd, Youssef Salem, and Mateus Marquezini, for testing and reporting!|
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In the article about the WhatsApp for iOS 23.1.75 update, we published an official changelog from the App Store that revealed the ability to drag and drop images, videos, and documents from other apps to your WhatsApp chats, to make it easier to share them with your contacts and groups. Since the app is built by using the iOS 16 SDK, as spotted in the WhatsApp beta for iOS 22.214.171.124 update, it would have been possible to use some features that are exclusive in this version of iOS in the future. As a result, WhatsApp is now releasing a new sticker maker tool to let users quickly create stickers from their images:
As you can see in this screenshot, after extracting a subject right out of an image, users simply need to paste it within a chat in order to create a custom sticker from an image. In case the feature is available, WhatsApp will automatically convert the image into a sticker that can be added to the user’s collection of stickers. Note that some users may have already been able to use this feature in the past few days, but now it should finally be available to everyone on iOS 16, and there is no plan for the future in bringing a similar sticker maker tool to older versions of iOS.
One of the advantages of having this feature built into WhatsApp is that it provides a more integrated experience for users: thanks to the ability to create custom stickers directly within the app, people no longer need to switch between different apps or tools to create and use their own stickers. This definitely saves time and makes the process of creating and using custom stickers faster. We expect some advanced tools to manage such stickers in custom sticker packs right within the app, in a future update of WhatsApp.
The ability to convert images to stickers is available to everyone on the latest version of WhatsApp for iOS 23.3.77 available on the App Store and the TestFlight app so be sure to keep your version of WhatsApp up to date in order to use this feature.
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