How To Add Stickers to Text Messages on iPhone and Android

Posted by Jamie on February 20, 2019

Love them or hate them, message stickers are here to stay for now. Rarely a text message goes by without some kind of sticker being attached to add a bit of color. Unlike emoji, they don’t convey anything useful, they are just a bit of fun which is reason enough to use them. Here is how to add stickers to text messages on iPhone and Android.

Stickers arrived on the iPhone in iOS 10 and has made it very easy to download and use them. The range of stickers is pretty good and while they don’t come preloaded with iMessage, once installed from the iMessage App Store they integrate seamlessly into the messaging app.

Stickers arrived on Android in August 2017 with an update to the Gboard, Android’s keyboard app. Like Apple, the keyboard doesn’t come with many stickers preloaded but you can download a bunch for free from the Google Play Store or from within the keyboard app itself.

Once installed, the sticker packs integrate themselves into your keyboard or message app and will appear as options along with emoji. You can then add them to your messages and send them as you see fit. Some sticker packs are free but most require payment. They aren’t expensive but the cost can soon mount up if you’re not careful!

Add stickers to text messages on iPhone

To add stickers to text messages on iPhone you first need to download the sticker packs. This is done through the iMessage App Store rather than iTunes. It is accessible through iMessage and involves the same steps as downloading any app.

  1. Open iMessage on your iPhone.
  2. Open a conversation and select the ‘A’ icon for the iMessage App Store to the left of the chat box.
  3. Select the four gray circle icon at the bottom of the new window.
  4. Select the ‘+’ icon to go to the iMessage App Store.
  5. Select the stickers you want to add and install them with the toggle.

Some are free while others require payment. iMessage App Store will use the same payment method you set up for iTunes so you shouldn’t have to do anything here aside from agree the transaction. Once paid, they install the same as any app. Once installed, they are ready to use.

  1. Open a message and start a conversation.
  2. Select the dropdown menu next to the chat box and then the ‘A’ icon.
  3. Select the four gray circle icon at the bottom to access your stickers.
  4. Select a sticker to add to the message and select the blue up arrow to send it to the message.
  5. Complete the message as necessary and send it as usual.

Stickers will fit inline with your message but you can add some of them as an overlay if you like. Tap and hold your sticker and drag and drop where you want it to appear in the message. That way you can overlay a sticker over an image or have it appear anywhere.

Add stickers to text messages on Android

To add stickers to text messages on Android you will also need to install sticker packs. You can do this in one of two ways. You can add the packs from the Google Play Store or through the message app like you do on the iPhone. Either way, you end up at the same place.

Visit the Google Play Store and add the sticker packs you want to use.


  1. Open the Message app in Android and open a conversation.
  2. Select the ‘+’ or Google G icon to the left of the chat box.
  3. Select the sticker icon on the left and let the stickers load or select the ‘+’ box icon to add more.

You can add those new stickers directly to your message from within the Message app and they will appear within the message box.

If you use Swiftkey, Swype or any of the other keyboard apps, they all have their own sticker packs. Those you download from the Google Play Store should integrate into these keyboards but the stickers you download directly within the Gboard app will not. Fortunately, those other keyboard apps come with their own stickers so you should definitely find something worth using within them.

I use emoji all the time as they can convey meaning in messages in a way that would take much longer with words. Stickers not so much but people I know use them all the time. If you’re one of these, now you now where to get them and how to add stickers to text messages on iPhone and Android.

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