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Google Allo allows users to convert your selfie to stickers

Google Allo
Google Allo allows users to convert your selfie to stickers
Google debuted Allo in 2016, throwing its hat into the already competitive messaging wars ring. Amid many tech companies, there's been an all-out battle to grab users for messaging apps, which include Facebook Messenger, Instagram, Snapchat, and WhatsApp. As part of this battle, these companies have been in a race to launch new features that might attract more users.

To find the feature, start a new message with someone who has the Allo app installed and tap the emoji button in the message field. Swipe left to scroll past the default stickers and tap the overflow (three dots) menu. On the next screen, tap the smiling sticker icon at the far right of the selection window to bring up your sticker gallery.

At the top of the list should be a new option to turn a selfie into stickers. If you’re not seeing it, you can side-load the APK (see link below), but unlike other installs, I also had to clear the cache (Settings>Apps>Allo>Storage>Clear Cache) and quit the app. If you’re still not seeing it, you can force stop (Settings>Apps>Allo) see if that works.

When you tap the selfie sticker option, you’ll see a Create button. Tap that and you’ll enter a Snapchat-style selfie screen that lets you snap a photo (you can't use a prior selfie for your sticker). There are a pair of eyeglasses in the middle of the screen, so you’ll want to align your eyes with them.

Instagram, which is owned by Facebook, launched a similar feature recently. The photo and video sharing app now lets users can now create a selfie sticker—which is a digital sticker of a camera selfie—that users can pin to photos or videos.

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