One of the best aspects of using Gboard is how much fun it makes communicating. It provides quick access to emoji GIFs, stickers, Bitmoji, and even the super entertaining Emoji Kitchen. Google recently added a new feature to the mix, allowing users to quickly create custom text stickers based on what they type.
These new custom text stickers are a fun way to wish your friends a happy birthday, congratulate them on something, or simply say good morning. As part of the March 2022 Feature Drop, the feature began rolling out to Google smartphones, including the Pixel 6 series, and is now available on many other Android phones. But don’t worry if you haven’t figured out how to use it yet. With this guide, you should be able to send custom text stickers in no time.
How to Configure Sticker Suggestions in Gboard
Before you can begin creating custom text stickers, make sure Gboard is set to automatically display sticker suggestions as you type. Fortunately, this is a simple process.
- On Gboard, tap the settings icon to access your keyboard settings.
- Scroll to the bottom and select “Emojis, Stickers, & GIFs.”
- Turn “Stickers” on in the “Suggestions” section. Gboard can now suggest fun stickers to include in your messages as you type.
How to Make Your Own Text Stickers
- Launch your messaging app, navigate to a thread, and start typing in the text field.
- Add an emoji after typing your word or phrase. Any emoji will do.
- Based on what you typed, a sticker will appear. Choose this to see more options.
- After you select your option, it will be attached to your text field and replace whatever you typed. Send the message.
Fully customised and ready to use
That’s all! You can now begin sending colourful text creations to your friends, making your “Happy birthday” message stand out from the crowd. Fortunately, the feature isn’t limited to Pixels and should work on a wide range of Android phones.
However, keep in mind that there is a limit to how many words or characters you can use to create custom text stickers, and you’ll have to experiment to see what works. Furthermore, the feature is only available with Gboard in English (in the United States), though it will most likely be expanded to more languages in the future.
Of course, if custom text stickers aren’t quite what you’re looking for, you can always make your own Gboard Emoji Kitchen mashups, which are always entertaining.