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Original poster
Apr 12, 2001

The Messages app on the iPhone and iPad has supported stickers for several years now, but Apple in iOS 17 is overhauling the sticker experience to make them more important.


All emoji are now considered stickers and can be used in the Messages app like stickers, with emoji listed right alongside Memoji stickers and sticker packs that you've downloaded from the App Store.

In addition, you can make your own stickers using the remove subject from background tool that Apple added for images in iOS 16.

In any of your images in Photos (or images from Safari or another location), you can long press on the subject of the photo to highlight it and to bring up an options interface.


Choosing the "Add Sticker" option ports the selected subject into the sticker interface. From there, you can add an effect or delete it. Effects include adding a white sticker outline, a "puffy" sticker effect, a glittery effect, and more. Subjects pulled from Live Photos have the option of animating.

Stickers that you have created can be used through the sticker interface in the Messages app, accessible by tapping on the "+" button and then "Stickers." You can insert stickers as single images, or add them to messages and photos, which is how stickers have worked since the feature was introduced.

Article Link: You Can Turn Your Photos Into Animated Stickers With iOS 17


macrumors newbie
Jan 30, 2007
This is the sort of thing, and I believe there are several in the iOS 17 release, that I believe Apple should leave to the development community. This is gimmicky and kind of insulting that they would think a feature like this makes a customer choose their platform.


macrumors 601
Jun 9, 2021
Those replying that it’s gimmicky, yeah, it absolutely is. But stickers are used widely throughout latin america on whatsapp. they're incredibly popular. stickers might not be for you, but they do have an audience.

I can see where you’re coming from. But tell me that presentation wasn’t cringy. “For when the group chat is blowng up.” She couldn’t even say it with a straight face. I guess I’m just getting old but even when I was younger I did not like the Snapchatification of everything.

I’m hoping this didn’t actually take a lot of development time and it was just the byproduct of other stuff they’re working on. Phone and Messages do need huge updates but not one single thing they announced is actually anything they needed. Facetime voicemail was the best part of that segment, everything else was very disappointing to me.


macrumors 601
Nov 23, 2014
Ngl: this is actually looking fun and might even make the iMessage app creep shoved down our throats worth it.


macrumors newbie
May 22, 2017
You forgot to mention in the title: "for Messages". Not the most popular messaging application in the world, I guess.
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