Facebook Stickers in Messages and Chat

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Using Facebook Stickers in Messages and Chat

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Facebook stickers are small, colorful images used to convey emotion or character or thoughts in messages that users send to one another on the social network.

Stickers are available for use on the network's mobile apps--both the regular Facebook mobile app and its mobile Messenger, too--as well as on the desktop version of the social network. The stickers are only available in the chat and messaging area of Facebook, not in status updates or comments.

(You can, however, use emoticons in Facebook comments and status updates. Emoticons are similar to stickers but technically they are different images; learn more in our guide to Facebook smileys and emoticons.)

Why Do People Send Stickers?

People send stickers mostly for the same reason they send photos and use emoticons in chat--imagery is a powerful communication tool, especially for conveying our feelings. We often respond to visual stimuli differently than we do to text and verbal stimuli, and the whole idea behind stickers is to convey or provoke emotion through a visual stimulus.

Japanese messaging services popularized using little pictures as a way to communicate while chatting through the use of emoji images. Stickers are similar to emoji.

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How Do You Send a Sticker on Facebook?

If you'd like to send a sticker to a friend, find the Messages area on your Facebook page.

Click "New Message" and the message box will pop up (as shown in the image above.)

Enter the name of the friend to whom you want to send the sticker, then click on the small, grayed out a happy face in the upper right side of the blank message box. (The red arrow in the image above shows where the sticker button is located in the messaging box.)

Click "NEXT" below to see the sticker interface and sticker store.

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Navigating the Facebook Sticker Menu and Store

To send a Facebook sticker, go to the Messages area (as stated on the previous page) and click the smiley face at the top right in your blank message box.

You should see an interface similar to the one shown above. One group of stickers or small pictures is shown by default, but you have access to more. Click the slider on the right to scroll down and see all the pictures available in the default sticker group.

You'll have access to several other groupings of stickers in the menu above the stickers. Navigate between the groups or "packs" of stickers using the small menu buttons at top left, as shown by the red arrow. By default, everyone has several sticker packs available in their main sticker menu, but you can add others.

To see what's available and add more, visit the Facebook sticker store. Click the "sticker store" icon (shown beside the red arrow on the right in the image above) if you'd like to see more free sticker options.

All the stickers in the store were all free at the launch of the new service in 2013, but paid stickers could come later to the store. If you see a group of free stickers in the store that you want to use, click the button "free" to add them to your sticker menu.

Click on Any Sticker to Use It

Choose the sticker you'd like to use and click on it to send it to a friend.

When you click on a sticker, it will go to the friend whose name you put in the "to" box of your message. Stickers are sometimes used as standalone messages because they can speak for themselves, or you can type a message to accompany it.