Apple to Delete WhatsApp Sticker Apps from AppStore Citing Violation of Guidelines


The Facebook-owned messaging platform has been working on multiple features to enhance the user’s messaging experience. Keeping the similar goal in mind, WhatsApp rolled out a much-hyped feature called the Stickers. The Stickers feature was launched in the month of October and were available to all iOS and Android users as well. It received a great feedback from the users as soon as it was released. Consequently, Apple’s App Store and Google’s Play store were flooded with numerous third-party sticker apps and users started downloading them.

But now as per the reports, Apple iOS users will no longer be able to enjoy these third-party sticker apps from AppStore as Apple is deleting them from its official store as they are reportedly violating the guidelines and rules.

The Reason Behind Deleting These Apps

The obliteration of the stickers apps from the AppStore was brought into light by WABetaInfo—a twitter handle which can be relied upon when it comes to WhatsApp features and news. WABetaInfo announced it on Twitter that Apple is deleting the third-party stickers apps from AppStore. As mentioned on its Twitter handle there are three reasons that the iPhone production company is deleting the stickers from the store.

The first reason being that are too many similar apps present in the App store and all of them display similar behaviour. Secondly, the apps have precincts as they necessitate the users to install WhatsApp to use the stickers app. As per the Apple’s rules, an app in the AppStore should not demand the user to download another app to function. The third and the last reason is that all these apps have a similar design pattern whereas the Apple guidelines strictly mention that it will not allow several apps to perform the same function or do the same thing.

Therefore, if you are an iPhone user, possibilities are there that you may not see as many sticker apps as an Android user will see in the Google Play store. The Google Play store has similar woes as Apple AppStore—flooded with too many stickers apps.

How Does the Stickers Feature Work?

To avail this feature, first and foremost you need to update to the accommodating version of your WhatsApp on your iOS and Android device. You then further need to update the WhatsApp app, open a chat, and then tap on the Stickers option.

The new sticker option is visible on the chat bar on iOS. However, Android users can find their sticker option on their keyboard in the emojis section. After tapping on the sticker option, select a sticker from the WhatsApp sticker store, and then hit the send button.

Note: No official statement from Apple

As for now, Apple has neither commented on the report nor issued an official statement addressing the reports.

But if this is happening by any chance, it is a definite bad news for those using WhatsApp on iOS. The sticker options will be now fairly limited to the iPhone users as compared to the android users.