Using Instagram’s selfie stickers feature, you can create a short, expressive, animated sticker. You can record your expression or use an animated emoji overlay (with hearts, laughter emoji and more).
This feature is available with Instagram’s cross-platform messaging update that provided the ability to send Facebook friends to Instagram DMs. You can download this update from the Settings menu in your Instagram app for iPhone or Android.
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Open the “Instagram” app and go to your “Profile” tab. Here, tap on the hamburger menu button at the top right corner of the screen. From there, go to Settings> Update Messages.
Tap the “Update” button here to get the new features.
You will now see a new Instagram DM icon in the top right corner of the Instagram home screen. Tap the icon to access all of your conversations.
Now choose a conversation.
Here, tap the “+” icon next to the text box to see all the options.
Select the GIF icon.
Select the “Selfie” function from the list.
You will now see a new option for recording and sending a selfie sticker. Hold your phone in a position so that your entire face is visible in the sticker preview. Instagram automatically replaces the background with a colorful gradient.
Try out an emoji overlay by choosing an emoji. When you’re done, tap the “Shutter” button to record the emoji (you can also set a timer).
Once recorded, the selfie sticker will loop again (similar to the Boomerang feature).
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If you are not happy with it, tap the “Retake” button to try again. If you liked this sticker, tap the “Save Sticker” button to save it. This way you can reuse the same sticker over and over again.
When you are satisfied, tap the “Send” button to share the sticker in chat.
The sticker will now play in chat.
You can repeat this process to create and send more selfie stickers. Saved stickers appear in the ‘Saved stickers’ section below the record function. You can tap a saved sticker to send it directly in chat.
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