WhatsApp is testing sticker suggestions based on what you type

Whatsapp Group Message on iPhone X
Whatsapp Group Message on iPhone X (Image credit: Luke Filipowicz/iMore)

What you need to know

  • WhatsApp is testing sticker suggestions in its latest TestFlight beta.
  • Users can type a word and have WhatsApp suggest a sticker.

WhatsApp is testing a new feature that will see iPhone users presented with a sticker suggestion based on the words that they type into a message. The feature is currently available to those who are part of the WhatsApp TestFlight program, although there is no word on when or if the feature will be made available to everyone.

First spotted by WABetaInfo, the feature is similar to Emoji suggestions that iOS makes when typing across all apps, but this time it gives people quick and easy access to a sticker that might do a better job than the words they're using.

When you type a specific word or emoji that reflects one of the stickers in your sticker library, WhatsApp will animate the sticker button, in order to alert you that a sticker has been found.

You can check the video below to see how the feature currently works, although things could change in a future beta or before the feature is made available to everyone.

Default WhatsApp sticker packs already support this feature, so if you have installed one of them, try to type emojis or specific words in the chat bar, to see if the feature is available for your WhatsApp account.

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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.

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