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How to create stickers with your iPhone photos on iOS 16

Published Mar 1st, 2023 3:10PM EST
iOS 16 cutout subject sticker iPhone
Image: José Adorno for BGR

One of the best features available with iOS 16 is the ability of iPhone users to lift a subject from an image and remove the background. This function works with Photos, Screenshots, Quick Lock, Safari, and other apps.

This feature is perfect for those who love sending stickers on Instagram, iMessage, WhatsApp, or other social media channels. This iOS 16 trick is a must-have for any iPhone user running the latest version of iOS, so here we go.

It is very simple to extract the subject from a photo and create a sticker with it using an image from your iPhone gallery. Sharing it to a social media or messaging app is also super intuitive. Here are the steps you need to follow.

With your iPhone running iOS 16 or later, you need to:

  • Open the Photos app;
  • Select a photo, then press and hold the subject of the image;
  • Apple will automatically make the cut by highlighting the subject;
  • From there, you can save it or share it. Just quickly drop the subject.

You can also drag and drop the image. While still holding the subject, use another finger to go to your Home Screen, select your preferred app (iMessage, WhatsApp, Telegram, Twitter), and then paste the extracted subject on that app. Now, you can share it with your friends and family members.

For those looking for even more tips, the Apple Support YouTube channel shared some tricks that users can use on their iPhone models running iOS 16 or even older system versions. The video below, for example, offers interesting tidbits to help you make the most of your iPhone by learning how to customize your Lock Screen, find the first photo you have ever taken with just a tap, copy text from an image or video, and much more.

José Adorno
José Adorno Tech News Reporter

José is a Tech News Reporter at BGR. He has previously covered Apple and iPhone news for 9to5Mac, and was a producer and web editor for Latin American broadcaster TV Globo. He is based out of Brazil.