After releasing WhatsApp beta 22.214.171.124 yesterday with the option to hide last seen from specific people, the developers at WhatsApp have released beta version 126.96.36.199 for Android today. And as first spotted by tipster WABetaInfo, the update comes with a new feature that lets you use emojis and stickers as WhatsApp group profile pictures.
Set Emojis and Stickers as Group Icon on WhatsApp
If you are on WhatsApp beta 188.8.131.52 or newer, you can tap the pencil icon in the group icon screen to access the new ‘Emojis & stickers’ option. It is present between the existing ‘Gallery’ and ‘Search web’ options, as you can see in the image below:
You can then switch between emojis and stickers from the bottom bar. WhatsApp has also added a total of 11 pastel colors as the background for the emoji or sticker you will be using. You can pick one of the available colors from the color picker present below the profile picture preview.
Since WhatsApp doesn’t support animated profile pictures, you will get a static preview if you choose to use animated stickers. While the output is satisfactory for stickers, it looks a bit pixelated when you’re using emojis.
At this moment, the option to set emojis and stickers as the profile picture is limited to WhatsApp groups. Hence, you can’t use this to directly set your own WhatsApp profile picture. You could, however, choose to set an emoji or sticker profile picture to a group, save it to your gallery, and use that image as your profile picture if you really need it.
As is the case with all beta features, we will have to wait for WhatsApp to make this feature available in the stable version of the app. Is this feature something you see yourself using in your WhatsApp groups? Share your thoughts with us in the comments.