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Meta brings its updated 3D Avatars to Instagram and Messenger

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What you need to know

  • Meta is rolling 3D Avatars out to more services including Instagram.
  • Changes have been made to the way some Avatars look.
  • New options are being made available including Cochlear implants and over-the-ear hearing aids.

Meta is rolling out its updated 3D Avatars to both Instagram and Messenger with more options than ever before.

Meta made the announcement via a Newsroom post with the avatars coming to the United States, Canada, and Mexico right now.

We're beginning to roll out our updated 3D Avatars to Facebook and Messenger, and for the first time Instagram Stories and DMs. Starting today people in the United States, Canada, and Mexico can show up as their virtual self across apps via stickers, feed posts, Facebook profile pictures and more.

Alongside the expansion, Meta is also adding new options to Avatars including Cochlear implants and over-the-ear hearing aids. The outfit also says that it is improving the look of its Avatars, saying that it has "subtly adjusted certain facial shapes" to help people make them, look just the way they want them to.

NFL fans are also getting new options ahead of Super Bowl LVI.

We're excited to partner with the NFL to bring NFL football fandom to Avatars. With Super Bowl LVI just around the corner on February 13, we wanted to give fans a chance to show off and celebrate their favorite teams. From now until February 28, you'll be able to outfit your avatar to support the Cincinnati Bengals or Los Angeles Rams — or if you can't bring yourself to cheer for either team, there's also a neutral Super Bowl LVI shirt you can choose instead.

You can read more about what's going down in the original Newsroom post and you'll find some more images showing the changes that have been made to Avatars over there, too.

Oliver Haslam
Oliver Haslam

Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too.

Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.