Ever since WhatsApp introduced the Stickers feature in October 2018, it’s been buzzing in chats used to express moods, memes, feelings, and more. Most of the stickers available on Whatsapp and via sticker pack apps are static stickers. Unfortunately, WhatsApp currently doesn’t have the feature that allows users to add custom animated stickers that other chatting platforms such as WeChat have.

Luckily, there is a way to add custom animated stickers on WhatsApp for android users without an app and it’s free. So let’s join right in.

How to make animated stickers for WhatsApp

1. Get the video or GIF

Get the content you would want to make into an animated sticker. It could either be a video or GIF.

Get the video or GIF

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2. Convert the video/GIF into Webp and save

Converting the video/GIF into a Webp file is important in making the animated sticker. Head over to EZGIF and select Webp, Convert and size the Webp file with a ratio of 512 b 512 and save the file on your device.

Convert the video/GIF into Webp and save

3. Get a friend to send you a sticker.

The sticker can be a static or animated sticker, it doesn’t matter. This sticker would be changed into the custom sticker you intent to make. Without having a friend send a sticker this process can’t be completed.

Get a friend to send you a sticker.

4. Head over to the WhatsApp sticker folder on the phone.

Sort files by date and copy the recent sticker name (which should be one your friend sent). Rename the saved animated sticker you made to the name of the sticker you copied.

Head over to the WhatsApp sticker folder on the phone.

5. Replace the files

Cop and replace the sticker with the new animated sticker you made.

6. Clear the cache of the WhatsApp

Clear the cache of the WhatsApp and close the app.

Clear the cache of the WhatsApp

7. Head back to the chat

Head back to the chat with your friend and the sticker that was sent is now an animated sticker that you created. Save the sticker as a favorite to be able to reuse it again.

Head back to the chat

Yes, It’s a long process just to have an animated sticker on WhatsApp. Until Whatsapp officially allows users to create an animated sticker, I think this is the best possible solution. If you have any other means of making an animated Whatsapp sticker please share it in the comment section below.

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