It’s easy to start creating sticker packs for the Messages app on iOS 10 using just a Mac, Apple ID, sticker images, and Xcode 8. Anyone with an Apple ID can download Xcode for free.
Sticker packs are created using a set of image files in PNG, JPEG, or GIF format. They can also be animated images in APNG or GIF format. Learn more about creating images that work well as a sticker pack by reading the iOS Human Interface Guidelines.
You'll need to create several sizes of your sticker pack icon to be used by the App Store for iMessage and by iOS. Download Photoshop templates to create the required sizes of your icon.
Download the latest version of Xcode 8, a Mac app used to create sticker packs and other apps for Apple platforms. Xcode is free and includes the tools you’ll need to build, test, and submit your sticker packs to the App Store. To download and install Xcode, simply sign in with your Apple ID. Apple Developer Program Membership is not required. Please note you must have at least 12 GB of available space on your Mac running macOS 10.11.5 or later to install Xcode.
Turn your artwork into a sticker pack for Messages on iOS 10. Learn how to bundle both images and animations into your sticker pack and test your finished result.
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Get ready for the App Store for iMessage.
Reach millions of customers around the world by making your sticker pack available on the App Store for iMessage. To test your stickers on an iOS device and distribute them on iMessage, you need to be a member of the Apple Developer Program. If you’re not already a member, learn more about joining the program.
When you’re ready to submit your sticker pack, you’ll be asked to provide additional information such as name, description, icon, screenshots, and price in iTunes Connect, a web-based tool for managing apps and media distributed on the App Store. All stickers and related information will be reviewed in an effort to determine whether they perform as expected and are free of objectionable material.
The TestFlight app, available on the App Store, lets you distribute beta versions of your stickers and iMessage apps to testers on their iOS devices for valuable feedback. You can invite up to 2,000 testers using just their email address.
Use Photoshop templates for creating iOS app and iMessage app icons.
See Creating Stickers with Motion to learn how to create animated stickers.
Ask questions and discuss with Apple experts and other Apple developers.
Get help with your developer account, using iTunes Connect, and distributing your stickers.