WHATSAPP has finally added customizable avatars for its users.
This means you can now create a digital representation of yourself to use throughout the app.
The feature had been heavily teased online in WhatsApp’s beta test version over the past few months.
And it’s already available on the other Meta-owned services, Facebook and Instagram.
But it’s live on WhatsApp now, so you can start creating from today.
You can use your custom avatar as your WhatsApp profile picture.
But you can also share it as one of 36 different stickers.
“Your avatar is a digital version of you that can be created from billions of combinations of different hairstyles, facial features and outfits,” WhatsApp explained.
“Sending an avatar is a quick and fun way to share feelings with friends and family.
“It can also be a great way to represent yourself without using a real photo to make it feel more private.
“For many people, this will be their first time creating an avatar and we will continue to deliver style enhancements like lighting, shading, hair textures and more that will make avatars even better over time.”
WhatsApp says the new feature is available to users everywhere starting today.
So if you want to try it out, make sure you have updated your WhatsApp to the latest version of the app.
That means going to the App Store for iOS on iPhone or the Google Play Store on Android devices.
It’s similar to Apple’s Memoji feature, which lets you share custom avatars (and stickers) with friends.
This is also a step for users (and Meta) towards the Metaverse – a vast digital universe where you can socialize, work and play.
Meta hopes that eventually many more users will have avatars to navigate the metaverse.
How to create your avatar
To create a WhatsApp avatar, go to the settings.
Now tap Avatar > Create your avatar.
Then follow the steps to create your avatar and tap Done.
If you want to use it as your profile picture, tap Settings and then your profile picture.
Now tap Edit > Edit and then select Use Avatar.
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