Say goodbye to the days of only being able to express your emotions through the generic sad, happy, angry or thumbs up emojis on FacebookSo 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,” Fidji Simo, the head of Facebook’s app.
Over the weekend, Facebook user profiles turned into cartoon-like versions of themselves — or avatars. But if you have yet to figure out how to join in on the latest social media craze, here is how you can get your avatar.
First, make sure you have updated your Facebook mobile app. Once its finished updating, go to your profile in the mobile app:
- Tap the three horizontal lines in the bottom-right corner of the screen.
- Scroll down and then click on “See More.”
- Click on “avatars.”
- Click “next.”
If you can’t wait to try out the new feature, follow the steps below to create your own Facebook avatar. These screenshots were taken in the Facebook app on iOS, but the steps are similar in the Android version.
Step 1: Open up the Facebook app on your iOS or Android phone. Then tap on the three horizontal lines in the bottom-right of your screen.
Step 2: Scroll down and tap “See More.”
Step 3: Tap on “Avatars.”
Step 4: Tap “Next” then “Get Started.”
Step 5: Choose a skin tone that best fits yours and then tap “Next.”
Step 6: Now go through each section of hairstyle, hair color, face shape, eye shape and color, makeup, eyebrows, nose shape, facial hair, body shape, outfit, etc. and customize your avatar to your liking. There’s even a section for face lines and complexion if you want to get down to the extreme details.
If you need to a reminder of what you actually look like, just tap on the mirror icon at the top right of the screen to open your phone’s front-facing camera.
Step 7: When you’re done customizing your avatar and are happy with how it looks, tap the check mark in the top right corner of your screen.
Step 8: Once the screen finishes loading, tap “Next.”
Step 9: Tap “Done.”
Yay! Now that you’ve finished making your avatar, you can tap on the arrow sign in the top right to share it to your Facebook feed or set it as a temporary profile picture.
To see the different Avatar stickers, tap on the sticker icon (the smiling square below the arrow) or if you’d like to make any changes to your avatar, click on the pencil icon.
To use your avatar when making comments, simply tap on the smiley face next to the gif icon, and then tap on the avatar icon on the bottom of the screen (fourth from the left).
From there, you will be able to create and personalize your avatar. You will be able to choose skin tone, hairstyle, head coverings, body type and more.
Also, you don’t have to look in the mirror to pick the best feature that fits your real self because there is a mirror icon to the top right of the app that brings up your phone’s front camera.
Once your avatar is complete, it is available to use in comments when interacting on Facebook.