To make life easier for users and give more customization options, WhatsApp may soon add a new mode to allow users to add an emoji or sticker as a group icon. The model is already being tested in the Beta of application for iOS.

By adding the emoji you can also customize the image by changing the background color of the group icon. Apparently, all emojis compatible with the messenger will be usable.


Today, when creating a group, you can add an icon photo, but that's the only option. With the new formats, the intention is to increase the possibilities and prevent some groups from running out of photos.

Just like the emoji, you can also do the same with the stickers, which can still be edited in the same way. Remembering that the current image template will remain available.

emoji as groups icon on WhatsApp
Image: WaBetainfo

How to test emoji as a group icon on WhatsApp

As mentioned, the feature is currently in testing phase, only available for WhatsApp Beta version for iOS. In addition, at first, perhaps not all users with this version will be able to access the new feature.

According to the website WaBetainfo, for now only a few users will be able to test. To see if you have it, if you have iOS Beta updated, just go to a group and click on change icon and then two options will appear at the top: emoji and sticker.

For now, there is no forecast for when the mode will be available in tests for more users, nor will the final version of the App be reached. Remembering that WhatsApp is still testing a new feature to allow images to be converted to stickers without the need for an application external. As with the emojis in groups, there is also no prediction for when this cropping tool will be made available to everyone.

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