WhatsApp recently added the ability to share ‘stickers’ with your friends and family, and they are much more flexible than emojis as they can be made of images, sketches, or even graphics. This adds more flexibility to the way users can express themselves. Stickers on messaging platforms are not really new, and rivals like Hike and Telegram have had this feature for years. As the stickers support continues to roll out for all WhatsApp users, one thing that is lacking is the support for making custom sticker packs.
According to the support guidelines by the company, users need to have some level of coding knowledge to make sticker pack apps that other users can install. However, it looks like the issue of creating custom sticker packs seems to have been resolved by a third-party app. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to create your own sticker packs, and then load them onto WhatsApp.
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Before getting started, ensure that your version of WhatsApp supports the Stickers functionality. If in case you don’t have access to the stickers functionality then you can force enable the functionality. We have detailed the process in a previous article with instructions to use sticker pack app to send Diwali greetings to your family and friends on this festival season.
Once you are sure that you can access the stickers feature, follow the instructions given below to create your own stickers and sticker packs. One thing to note here is that this guide is only applicable for Android users.
Creating custom stickers and sticker apps
When installed, open the app and tap on the button ‘Create a new stickerpack’ and enter the Stickerpack name along with the name of the author.
Open the sticker pack and you will be greeted with an empty screen with placeholders for the ‘tray icon’ along with placeholders for thirty stickers in one sticker pack.
Tap on the place ‘tray icon’ placeholder and the app will ask you for permission to use the camera of the phone to take pictures and video along with storage of the device to use photos, media, and files on the device.
Choose any image file with the ‘Select File’ option or capture the image with ‘Take Photo’ option. Once you select the file or click the image, draw an outline for the area in the image that you want to keep as the sticker. Use your finger to draw the outline and pinch and zoom to enlarge the image for an accurate cut-out.
Tap on the ‘Yes, Save Sticker’, and add whatever number of stickers in the sticker pack. The minimum seems to be three stickers while the maximum is capped to thirty. Once you are done with the sticker pack, tap on the ‘Publish Sticker Pack’ button towards to lower right side of the bottom.
Tapping the green button will give a prompt if you want to add the sticker pack to your WhatsApp. The thing to note here is that only you can use the sticker pack as it is technically sideloading the sticker pack on your system. It may be possible to export and import these stickers between different phones.
That’s it. You can now send all these stickers to your family and friends on personal chats, or on groups.