WhatsApp has started testing a new shortcut to let users quickly forward stickers to their contacts. The change has initially been implemented for beta testers on Android, though it may reach the masses in the coming days. It comes days after WhatsApp introduced a custom sticker maker for its desktop and Web users to let them easily create new stickers. The instant messaging app owned by Meta (formally called Facebook) has been using stickers as one of the key sources to allow individuals to express themselves using small visuals. It also allowed third parties to build stickers for the app.
The forward shortcut is located next to the sticker sent in a message thread. You can simply tap the shortcut and then select the contact with whom you want to share it with. This basically cuts short the usual process of tapping and holding the sticker, then tapping the forward button on top to share it with your contacts.
The feature works in a similar fashion to the forward shortcut for images, which allows users to quickly share the images from a chat thread.
The update is now live for all WhatsApp beta testers on Android. You can simply head to the Google Play Store and update the app to get the feature.
To recall, WhatsApp introduced stickers on its platform back in October 2018. Back then people could use the feature to express themselves in chats with the help of stickers. The company also launched stickers in its Pay Mode earlier this year. It recently also added the functionality to allow Web and desktop app users to create custom stickers directly from the app.
In other news, WhatsApp recently added two new features, called Flash calls and Message level reporting. The company has said that these features will help enhance the safety of the users on its platform. The Flash calls feature will allow users to verify their phone numbers quickly whereas the message level reporting will allow them to report specific messages.
You can check out the update by downloading the latest WhatsApp for Android beta version after enrolling as a tester for WhatsApp on the Google Play Beta testing programme. Alternatively, you can look at the changes by sideloading the APK file of the beta version from APK Mirror.