After putting Avatars on Facebook and Instagram, which are like Apple Memojis and Snapchat Bitmojis, Meta has now done the same for WhatsApp. With this, you can send WhatsApp Avatars as stickers to make chatting feel more personal.
WhatsApp has started giving users all over the world 3D avatars that can be used as profile pictures or custom stickers. This is months after Instagram, Facebook, and Messenger were the first to offer them.
Mark Zuckerberg, the CEO of Meta, wrote on Facebook on Wednesday that avatars are coming to WhatsApp. After months of beta testing, which was first reported by WhatsApp beta tracker WABetaInfo in June, the news came out.
In a blog post, WhatsApp said that users could use customized avatars as their profile pictures or choose from 36 custom stickers that show different feelings and actions. The avatar stickers on WhatsApp look like the Bitmoji stickers from Snap or the Memoji stickers from Apple.
The company that makes the popular instant messaging app said, “Your avatar is a digital version of you that can be made from billions of different combinations of hairstyles, facial features, and clothes.” WhatsApp also said that users would get improvements to their style over time, such as better lighting, shading, and hairstyle textures.
When it’s ready, WhatsApp users will be able to make their own avatars by going to the Settings menu. According to an FAQ page, the messaging app will also get a “Use Avatar” option for the profile photo settings so that users can use a virtual version of themselves as their profile photo.
In 2019, Meta added 3D avatars to Facebook and Messenger that look like Bitmoji. At first, it was only available in Australia, New Zealand, Europe, and Canada. In 2020, however, the social networking giant expanded its reach to the U.S. Late in January, Instagram also got avatars.
WhatsApp told TechCrunch that you can’t use your WhatsApp avatar on Instagram or Facebook right now, and you can’t use your Instagram or Facebook Meta avatar on WhatsApp either. This means that if you want to use an avatar on WhatsApp, you can only make one inside WhatsApp.