Jay Caboz
Memojis on WhatsApp.
  • After Apple’s latest update to iOS 13, you can now customise your own emoji for WhatsApp.
  • We naturally used it to make our own emojis of South African politicians.
  • This is what Cyril Ramaphosa, Tito Mboweni, Patricia de Lille, and Julius Malema now look like in our conversations.
  • For more stories, go to Business Insider SA.

Since Apple’s latest update to iOS 13 you can now customise your own emoji on WhatsApp – to illustrate yourself or, say, South African politicians.

"Memoji stickers allow you to customise your own emoji with anything from skin tones to freckles and hats. It then generates a set of standardised facial expressions for you to enjoy.

Creating the Memoji is super easy.

Go into WhatsApp and tap in the text box, which brings up the keyboard. Once you are in the keyboard, you'll need to tap the emoji icon next to the space bar. This will open your Apple emoji keyboard.

Memoji Creation.
Memoji Creation.

Swipe left and you should be able to find your frequently used stickers. Now select the "..." button. 

Memoji Creation.
Memoji Creation.

Select the "..." button again. This is where the fun begins.  

Memoji Creation.
Memoji Creation.

Select "done" once you have created your Memoji sticker. 

Memoji Creation.
Memoji Creation.

Don't stress if you click "done" too early; WhatsApp saves the Memoji so you can edit it later. Simply click on the avatar again and adjust to your preference.

It's a particularly useful feature if you're having a fat day or get sunburned, and need to adjust your Memoji accordingly. 


To get it on Android: 

Once you, or someone else, has generated your Memoji on an Apple device, an Apple iPhone iPhone 6S or later, you can send them via WhatsApp. From there, tap the image and save it to your favourite stickers by following the prompts and selecting "Add to Favorites" and you have custom emojis ready to use on Android. 

On Android.
On Android.


We put the feature to use making our own South African politician Memojis. This is what they look like.

Cyril Ramaphosa

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Cyril Ramaphosa

Julius Malema

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Julius Malema

Tito Mboweni

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Tito Mboweni

Patricia de Lille

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Patricia de Lille

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