The avatars are fully customizable 3D models that come in a range of aesthetics. According to Meta, you have the option of using your digital avatar as your profile picture or making up to 36 unique stickers that represent different facial expressions and actions. The 3D Avatar functionality for WhatsApp users throughout the world has started to roll out. These avatars can be used as custom stickers or profile pictures.
The change was announced by Meta in a blog post. She explained it as “your avatar is a digital version of you that can be created from billions of combinations of diverse hairstyles, facial features, and outfits.”
In a Facebook post, Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg introduced the new function and promised that “more 3D avatar styles are soon coming across all our apps.” Future improvements and trends in lighting, shading, and hairstyles have been promised by Meta.
According to WhatsApp, “Your avatar is a digital representation of you that can be made from billions of combinations of various hairstyles, facial characteristics, and attire” (Opens in a new window). Use it as your profile photo, or select one of 36 unique stickers that represent a wide range of feelings and behaviors.
There aren’t many details, but based on a picture that WhatsApp released, users can anticipate pop-up notifications when avatars are made available to them. A row of keyboard options, including emojis, GIFs, platform stickers, and avatars, are accessible by tapping.
It will likely be the first time for many individuals to create an avatar, and WhatsApp says it will keep releasing aesthetic improvements like lighting, shading, different hair textures, and more to make avatars even better over time.
Since at least 2018, Facebook has been working on its own Bitmoji competitor; the 3D Avatar stickers were first made available to Australian users in 2019, and then their availability was expanded a year later. Avatars with modified facial features and skin tones, as well as new assistive technologies including Cochlear implants, over-the-ear hearing aids, and wheelchairs, started to appear on Instagram in January 2022 via Stories and Direct Messages.
Once the feature is available, users can build their WhatsApp avatars by going to the Settings menu. According to information on a FAQ page, the messaging app will also get a “Utilize Avatar” option in the profile photo settings that will allow users to use their virtual lookalike as a profile photo.
WhatsApp informed 9to5game that, as of right now, neither your Meta avatar from Instagram nor your Facebook or WhatsApp avatar can be used on either Instagram or Facebook. This means that in order to utilize an avatar on WhatsApp, you must simply create one there.