WhatsApp has started rolling out 3D avatars for its users worldwide, which can be used as profile photos or custom stickers on Instagram, Facebook, and Messenger.
On Wednesday, Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg wrote on Facebook that avatars are coming to WhatsApp. The announcement follows a one-month beta test first reported by WhatsApp beta tracker web info in June.
In a blog post, WhatsApp said that users could use individual avatars as their profile photo or select one of 36 custom stickers depicting various emotions and functions. The avatar stickers on WhatsApp look like the bitmoji of Snap or the Memoji sticker of Apple.
The company behind the popular instant messaging app said, “Your avatar is a digital version of you, which can be made from various hairstyles, facial features, and billions of combinations of organizations.”
WhatsApp also said that users would get style enhancements, including light, shading, and hairstyle texture over time.
The users will be able to create their avatars on WhatsApp – once they roll out – by going to the settings menu. The messaging app will also find a ‘use avatar’ option in the profile photo settings so that users can make their virtual looks as a profile photo, according to the details available on a FAQ page.
In 2019, Meta introduced the Bitmoji-style 3D avatar for Facebook and Messenger. The early rollouts were limited to markets including Australia, New Zealand, Europe, and Canada, although social networking giants later expanded their appearance in 2020. Instagram also received an avatar in late January.
It needs to be clarified whether the WhatsApp avatar is limited to the immediate message app or shared in several meta-services. We have reached WhatsApp to clarify this point.