Static Telegram stickers are a universe of their own, with people having entire conversations in cool graphics, trashy memes, or movie quotes. And it’s largely possible because Telegram allows you to make your own stickers.
The best thing about making Telegram stickers is that you don’t have to have a developer account or pass a long and painful review. You just send images to a bot to create a Telegram sticker. Apart from static stickers, Telegram also allows you to create animated stickers as well as video stickers.
So, if you’ve been meaning to do something with all the inside jokes you and your friends have accumulated, follow this guide explaining how to make static Telegram stickers.
Step 1: Design Your Stickers
You don’t have to be a professional graphic designer to create Telegram stickers. If you are, that’s great—now you’ve got another free way for you to promote your art. But if you’re not, don’t let that stop you.
Some of the best Telegram stickers are hilarious meme-like creations, thrown together out of quotes and photos. Even basic design skills will suffice for those.
The stickers you create have to follow unified design requirements. Don’t worry, though, because these are super simple:
- Telegram stickers must be PNG images with a transparent background and 512 x 512 pixels.
- Each sticker should be a separate image file. Designing and uploading them is easier on desktop than on mobile, so you might want to use Telegram for Mac, Telegram for Windows, or Telegram Web.
- The icon for your sticker pack is optional. If you’d like to have one, design a 100 x 100 PNG image with a transparent layer.
It’s important to understand that using things like movie quotes to create your stickers is copyright infringement. Yes, that’s exactly how memes are made, but unlike a meme, your sticker pack will likely be taken off Telegram if the copyright owner complains. That said, there seems to be no copyright check when you upload your designs.
The average Telegram sticker pack includes between 10 and 20 stickers, but you’re not limited in how many you want to upload. Some packs have over 100 stickers, and you can keep coming back and adding new ones even after you publish.
As you’ve probably already noticed, you don’t need a Photoshop subscription to create Telegram stickers. You can design yours using a mobile sticker maker app or any of these free alternatives to Adobe software. We designed ours using the SVG-Edit web app.
Step 2: Find the Telegram Sticker Bot
Once your very own Telegram stickers are ready to roll, find the Telegram sticker bot. You can do that either by following the link above or by opening Telegram and typing “stickers” into the search field. Then click on the first @Stickers option.
You’ll see the following list of commands you can use in the chat area:
- /newpack to make a static PNG/WEBP sticker set.
- /newvideo to make a set of WEBM video stickers.
- /newanimated to make an animated TGS sticker set.
- /newmasks to make a static set of masks.
- /help for full list of commands.
Click Start to start setting up your sticker pack if this is your first time creating stickers, otherwise, use the /newpack command.
Step 3: Upload Your Static Telegram Stickers
The Telegram sticker bot makes it easy to upload and publish your designs for static stickers. Here’s what you need to do:
- Type in the /newpack command and hit Enter on your keyboard or click the blue send button.
- Type in the name of your sticker pack and click the send arrow.
- Now click on the File (paperclip) icon to upload your first sticker.
- Deselect Compress, then enter a caption and click Add to add more files, otherwise, click Send.
- The bot will ask you to assign an emoji to your sticker. Choose an emoji that matches this sticker best and hit Enter to send it. You can assign a few, but Telegram recommends no more than two emojis per sticker.
- Repeat steps 3-4 for every Telegram sticker you want to add.
- When you’re done, type in the /publish command and send it.
- If you want to add an icon for your sticker pack, upload it just like you uploaded the rest of the images and send it to the bot.
If you don’t have an icon, just send the /skip command, and your first sticker will become an icon for this pack.
- Finally, send the bot a short name for your sticker pack to be used in its URL. For example, the one used here is “wonderifitisstevie,” so the URL is https://t.me/addstickers/wonderifitisstevie.
Done! Click on the link to your Telegram sticker pack to see how everything looks. If you have more than 10 stickers, you can scroll through them.
Start Sending Your Telegram Stickers
Telegram doesn’t have a sticker store or any other way for people to browse all existing stickers. This means your pack will be gathering dust until you and your friends start sending the stickers you made. You can make use of them while using Telegram Voice Chats to spice up your conversations.
When you click on your pack’s URL, you’ll see two ways to start sharing your Telegram stickers.
- Share: This will forward the link to your pack to a Telegram contact or group of your choosing. To access this, click on the three dots button in the top-right corner then click on Share Stickers. You can even use these stickers in the best Telegram Channels for sharing work like this.
- Add Stickers: This will add the pack to your collection so that you can send individual stickers to your Telegram contacts. Your friends can then see and add the pack by tapping on the sticker you sent. That is how they spread.
More Reasons to Start Using Telegram
Stickers alone would be enough to ditch other messaging apps in favor of Telegram, but there are more reasons why Telegram is the only messenger you need. From secret chats to the ability to fix typos in the messages you’ve already sent, Telegram has tons of features you’re likely to use.