Facebook launched its Avatar feature to users in the United States this week, after launching it in other countries last year.
Similar to Snapchat’s Bitmoji, the feature allows Facebook users to create a cartoon avatar. They can use the avatar in comments, in Facebook stories and in Messenger.
“With so many emotions and expressions to choose from, avatars allow you to react and engage more authentically with family and friends through the app,” added Simo.
If you can’t wait to try the new feature, follow the steps below to create your Facebook avatar. These screenshots were taken in the Facebook app on iOS, but the steps are similar in the Android version.
Step 1: Open the Facebook app on your iOS or Android phone. Then tap on the three horizontal lines at the bottom right of the screen.
Step 2: Scroll down and tap “See more”.
Step 3: Tap on “Avatar”.
Step 4: Tap “Next”, then “Get Started”.
Step 5: Choose a skin tone that best suits 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, dress, etc. And customize your avatar to your liking. There is also a section for face lines and complexion if you want to get to the extreme details.
If you need to remember what you look like, tap the mirror icon at the top right of the screen to open the front camera of the phone.
Step 7: When you are done customizing your avatar and are satisfied with how it looks, tap the check mark in the upper right corner of the screen.
Step 8: When the screen finishes loading, tap “Next”.
Step 9: Tap “Done”.
Yay! Now that you are done creating your avatar, you can tap the arrow sign at the top right to share it with your Facebook feed or set it as a temporary profile picture.
To see the different avatar stickers, touch the sticker icon (the smiling square under the arrow) or if you want to make changes to your avatar, click the pencil icon.
To use your avatar when writing comments, simply touch the smiley next to the gif icon, then touch the avatar icon at the bottom of the screen (fourth from left).