WhatsApp, the renowned messaging app, is stepping up its game with the introduction of a highly anticipated feature: animated avatars. The update, now available through the Google Play Beta programme, elevates the app’s version to and promises to bring more life and personality to communication.

According to reports from WABetaInfo, the animated avatars feature had been under development for some time and has finally been rolled out to beta users. To check whether the feature is enabled for their account, users need to open the keyboard and select the avatar tab. Once activated, beta users can enjoy various animations associated with specific avatars.

Excitingly, animated avatars can be shared with anyone, regardless of whether the recipient is using the beta version or not. However, it’s worth noting that only a limited number of stickers currently support animation. Nonetheless, industry experts speculate that WhatsApp will expand this feature, offering an animated version of the entire avatar pack in the future.


The addition of animated avatars is expected to elevate the overall communication experience on the platform. By infusing stickers with motion, users can now convey emotions, expressions, and reactions in a more engaging and dynamic way.

As of now, the animated avatar feature is available to select beta testers who have installed the latest WhatsApp beta for iOS from the TestFlight app. In the coming days, WhatsApp plans to roll out the feature to a broader user base, enhancing the overall messaging experience for millions of users worldwide.

Moreover, WhatsApp enthusiasts can look forward to even more exciting features on the horizon. The messaging giant is also working on a Video Messaging feature akin to Voice Messaging, which is bound to add another layer of convenience and richness to communication. Additionally, a time-saving group creation feature is in the works, making it easier for users to organise and manage their group chats.

Furthermore, WhatsApp is also embracing Material Design 3 enhancements, offering users a modern and visually pleasing interface that aligns with Google’s design language.

As technology continues to evolve, WhatsApp’s commitment to innovation and improving user experiences sets the stage for a more engaging and dynamic messaging platform, delighting users worldwide.