A few months after its launch on Instagram, Facebook, and Messenger, WhatsApp has revealed that it will soon offer users customised, 3D avatars on WhatsApp.
Avatars are coming to WhatsApp, according to a post by Mark Zucker Burg, CEO of Meta, on Wednesday.
The disclosure comes after a several-month beta testing period, which WABetaInfo, a WhatsApp beta tracker, first revealed in June.
Users can select one of 36 custom stickers representing various emotions and acts, or they can use one of their customised avatars as their profile photo, according to a blog post by WhatsApp.
WhatsApp’s avatar stickers resemble Bitmoji or Memoji stickers from Apple or Snap.
The popular instant messaging app’s developer explained that an avatar is a digital representation of oneself that can be made up of a virtually infinite number of combinations of different face characteristics, hairstyles, and clothing.
Users would eventually receive style improvements like lighting, shading, and hairstyle textures, according to WhatsApp.
Once WhatsApp has this feature implemented, users can create their avatars by navigating to the Settings menu.
According to information on a FAQ page, a “Utilize Avatar” option will also be added to the messaging app’s profile photo settings, allowing users to use their virtual likeness as their profile photo.
It was confirmed by WhatsApp to TechCrunch that you cannot now use your WhatsApp avatar on Instagram or Facebook, nor can you use your Instagram or Facebook Meta avatar on WhatsApp. This implies that you can only build a new avatar for WhatsApp if you want to utilise one there.