WhatsApp is testing animated stickers in the beta versions of its app for Android and iPhone. The feature is reportedly available via WhatsApp v188.8.131.52 beta for Android and WhatsApp v184.108.40.206 beta for iPhone. The instant messaging app has been reported to be working on animated stickers for a while now; however, details of full rollout are still not known. WhatsApp started supporting stickers in 2019, but it is yet to offer animated stickers beyond testing. The app includes its own default sticker packs, and also allows users to download third-party ones.
The new animated stickers support was spotted by WABetaInfo in WhatsApp v220.127.116.11 beta for Android and WhatsApp v18.104.22.168 beta for iPhone. Users will need to be on these beta versions to be able to test the animated stickers feature. The tracker notes that this feature works on WhatsApp Business as well, and it is only rolling out for specific users on WhatsApp.
WABetaInfo details that the animated stickers feature can be divided into three parts. With the latest beta update, few users may be able to view stickers, and this in turn activates the ability to send, star and forward animated stickers as well. However, the other parts of the feature – being able to import animated stickers from third party stores and ability to download animated stickers from WhatsApp store – are still missing. So, until all three parts are rolled out to beta users, the feature is not complete.
Android Police reports that they are able to download default sticker packs from WhatsApp as well. They could see five sticker packs – Playful Piyomaru, Rico’s Sweet Life, Moody Foodies, Chummy Chum Chums, and Bright Days. The report reiterates that the sticker packs are not seen unless someone sends a sticker from each pack. Third-party animated sticker packs aren’t supported on WhatsApp v22.214.171.124 beta for Android.
The report details that stickers in chats only animate once and the user will need to scroll up or down to trigger them again. However, the animated stickers loop indefinitely in the WhatsApp picker. WhatsApp v126.96.36.199 beta for Android can be downloaded via APK Mirror or if you are on WhatsApp beta channel via Google Play store, you will get it automatically.
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