Use an­i­mated Ac­tiv­ity stickers for Mes­sages

Ja­son Cross re­veals how to liven up con­ver­sa­tions with an­i­mated Ac­tiv­ity stickers

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Ap­ple con­tin­ues its em­pha­sis on health and fit­ness fea­tures in iOS 12 and watchOS 5. Ap­ple Watch users can en­joy new work­out types and auto work­out track­ing, for ex­am­ple, and they can chal­lenge other Watch users to week-long Ac­tiv­ity Chal­lenges du­els.

On the phone side, iOS 12 makes talk­ing about fit­ness more fun with a new set of an­i­mated Stickers in the Mes­sages app. Here’s how to find and use them.

Find­ing Ac­tiv­ity stickers

The new Ac­tiv­ity stickers are lo­cated in the same place where you’ll find most Mes­sages apps.

1. Open Mes­sages and start a new mes­sage (or open an ex­ist­ing thread).

2. Tap the Apps icon (lo­cated be­tween the cam­era and the mes­sage field).

3. Tap the Ac­tiv­ity app icon (which looks like the ac­tiv­ity rings on an Ap­ple Watch).

You’ll now see a list of all the an­i­mated Ac­tiv­ity stickers. You use them like any other sticker: Tap to add one to a mes­sage or tap-and-hold and then drag it up into your mes­sage his­tory to add a sticker to a par­tic­u­lar ex­ist­ing mes­sage.

There’s a set of stickers that any­one can ac­cess at any time, but some stickers ap­par­ently only ap­pear if you earn spe­cific Ac­tiv­ity Achieve­ments.

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