By Tracey Dowdy
Earlier this month, Facebook released its Bitmoji-like avatars. This new feature allows users to make a cartoon-style character with features similar to your own. You can customize your avatar with a variety of faces, hairstyles, and clothes. You can even use them as stickers
You’ll then be able to use the avatar when you comment on a Facebook post, in your stories, as your profile picture, and when you use Facebook Messenger. As a bonus, you can use them as stickers on Snapchat, Twitter, Mail, and on Instagram.
“So much of our interactions these days are taking place online, which is why it’s more important than ever to be able to express yourself personally on Facebook,” said Fidji Simo, head of the Facebook App. “We’re excited to bring this new form of self-expression to more people around the world…With so many emotions and expressions to choose from, avatars let you to react and engage more authentically with family and friends across the app. “
To create your avatar, follow these steps:
- Open the Facebook app on your phone and tap the menu (three stacked lines) On iPhone it’s in the lower right corner, the upper right corner for Android.
- Scroll down to “See More.”
- Select Avatars > Next > Get Started.
- Choose your skin tone, then tap Next.
- Choose a Short, Medium or Long hairstyle for your avatar, then tap the Color icon.
- Next, choose your Face icon to select your face’s shape, complexion, and lines or wrinkles.
- When you’re done, tap the Eye icon. Select your eye shape, color, and lash length. Tap the Eyebrows icon and select your brow shape and color, and add glasses.
- Select your nose shape and then choose the shape and color of your lips and any facial hair.
- Finally, select your body shape, an outfit that’s similar to your style, and then add your accessories.
- Once you’re happy with your choices, tap the checkmark in the upper right corner. Tap Next > Done.
Any time you want to, access your avatar, tap the smiley face icon in the “Write a comment” section.
Tracey Dowdy is a freelance writer based just outside Washington DC. After years working for non-profits and charities, she now freelances, edits, and researches on subjects ranging from family and education to history and trends in technology. Follow Tracey on Twitter.