Not everyone stickers, but that’s about to change with Apple’s new sticker options on iOS 17, iPadOS 17, and even macOS Sonoma. Before you know it, people are adding stickers to messages and emails everywhere, including you.
Stickers are not new to Apple devices. On iPhone, Memoji stickers have been available on the default keyboard since iOS 13, Fitness activity stickers since iOS 12, and stickers from third-party apps since iOS 10 when the iMessage App Store was released. But for many users, including myself, creating Memoji stickers and searching for third-party stickers is just too much work.
Apple’s latest iPhone software update changes all that.
On iOS 17, you can turn any emoji on your standard iPhone keyboard into a sticker. So if you use emoji, which pretty much everyone does for some reason, you can quickly turn any emoji character into a sticker. Personally, I’m much more likely to throw an emoji sticker into a chat than a regular one, because they come from the same place.
What’s so special about Emoji stickers?
Placing a sticker on a specific iMessage message can also add emphasis and ensure that your recipients know exactly what you’re responding to, without spelling it out or using inline replies. And it gives you hundreds of alternatives to Apple’s six measly Tapback options, letting you show exactly how you feel.
Just like any other sticker on your iPhone, you can rotate and resize emoji stickers, as well as Memoji, Fitness, Live stickers, and third-party stickers when you drag them onto a message. And while they can also work in other apps that accept stickers from your keyboard, you can get the most out of them in the Messages app.
Use emoji stickers from the Emoji Keyboard
Open a conversation in Messages, switch to the Emoji keyboard as you would for regular emoji characters, then grab the emoji you want to turn into a sticker. You can drag it as a response to a specific message, where you can rotate and resize it, or you can drag it into your text field and send it as a new message.
With emoji stickers, you don’t have to mess with the iMessage app drawer, which is now a list on iOS 17 instead of a scrolling horizontal bar. You just use emoji as you normally would and then decide whether you want to send it as a sticker or regular emoji.
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