WhatsApp is preparing a huge update that will forever change the way you use the app – how you get it

SOON, you may notice that other people’s profile pictures on WhatsApp are slightly different.

That’s because the popular messaging app is working on a huge new update that will allow you to have one avatar there instead.

An example of avatars using Mark Zuckerberg's face

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An example of avatars using Mark Zuckerberg’s facePhoto credit: WABetaInfo

Users can create their own cartoon character avatars.

These can be used as stickers in chats, but also as a substitute for your profile photo.

It’s quite similar to the avatars we’ve already seen on Facebook.

Which is no surprise as they are both owned by the same company, Meta.

Mark Zuckerberg has been incorporating similar features into his various apps — not to mention Instagram — for a while now.

WABetaInfo shared a leaked screenshot of iOS’ new avatar update.

“As you can see in this screenshot, you can open WhatsApp settings to quickly see if the feature is enabled for your WhatsApp account: If the feature is available for your account, you can start setting up an avatar today.” begin,” the website reads.

“Once you’ve set up your avatar, you can use your configuration to start sending stickers, and you can also choose an avatar to use as your profile photo.”

This doesn’t mean that normal photo profiles are completely replaced – apparently avatars are completely optional.

Beta testers have tried the new feature.

As always with early developments, there is no guarantee that WhatsApp will proceed with this.

So we’ll have to wait until a full public update is available before getting too excited for upcoming avatars.

If you want to try all the latest WhatsApp features first, follow our guide on how to join the beta below.

How to get WhatsApp beta

To download WhatsApp Beta for your smartphone you have to go Google Play on yours Android and search for whatsapp.

Scroll down the page until you see “Become a Beta Tester”.

Tap the “I’m in” button, then tap “Join” to confirm.

Now all you have to do is wait for the update to the beta version of the app.

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Join the WhatsApp beta iOS to the iPhone is more difficult and has a limited capacity.

Follow Apple’s instructions here.

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