How to Create and Use a Facebook Avatar

Comment on Facebook using your cartoon likeness

Facebook Avatars, like Bitmoji, are cartoon versions of yourself that you can use on social media. The main difference is that Bitmoji can be accessed from most mobile keyboards as well as social media sites like Instagram, Facebook, and Snapchat. Facebook Avatars are meant for use on Facebook and Facebook Messenger, though you can share them from Facebook via the usual methods: text, email, social accounts, etc.

Here’s how to create a Facebook Avatar using the Android and iOS Facebook apps, and how you can use it on the social network and its messaging app.

These instructions apply to the Android and iOS versions of the Facebook mobile app. It’s not possible to create a Facebook Avatar on the desktop version of Facebook.

How to Create a Facebook Avatar

The Facebook Avatar builder is available only in the mobile app, and the instructions for Android and iOS are nearly identical. You can’t create, post, or edit your avatar.

  1. Launch the Facebook app.

  2. Tap the hamburger menu in the top right.

  3. Tap See More.

  4. Tap Avatars.

    Creating a Facebook Avatar.
  5. Select the skin tone closest to yours, then tap Next.

  6. There are a bunch of ways to customize your avatar. After you select a skin tone, you can choose a hairstyle.

    Creating a Facebook Avatar.
  7. Then choose hair color, face shape, and eye shape.

    Creating a Facebook Avatar.
  8. Then an eye color, eye makeup, and body shape.

    Creating a Facebook Avatar.
  9. Finally, choose an outfit, and optionally headwear.

    Creating a Facebook Avatar.
  10. You can also adjust your complexion, facial lines, eyebrow shape, and color, and add eyewear. Next, you can choose a nose, lips, and facial hair.

  11. Tap the checkmark on the top right when you've finished.

  12. Facebook will generate your avatar. Tap Next > Done.

  13. From this screen, you can share, view stickers, and edit your avatar. To make the avatar your profile image or to post it on your timeline, tap the Share icon.

    Creating a Facebook Avatar.
  14. Select Share to Feed > Share > POST to add it to your timeline.

    Creating a Facebook Avatar.
  15. Otherwise, select Set as Profile Picture. Choose a pose and a background color, and tap Next > Save.

    Creating a Facebook Avatar.
  16. Too see all of your avatar's sticker options, tap the sticker icon, select a sticker, and click Send in Messenger.

    Creating a Facebook Avatar.

How to Edit Your Facebook Avatar

Once you’ve accessed Facebook Avatars once, it will be feature more prominently in your menu.

  1. Tap the hamburger menu in the top right.

  2. Tap Avatars near the top of the list.

  3. Once your avatar loads, tap the pencil icon.

    Editing a Facebook Avatar.
  4. Use the avatar builder to change your look.

  5. Tap the checkmark when you’ve finished. Your new avatar will appear.

How to Use Your Facebook Avatar

When you have an avatar you’re proud of, you can use it in comments and send it via Facebook Messenger.

Post Your Facebook Avatar in a Comment

Just like you can comment with an emoji, sticker, or animated GIF, you can post your Facebook Avatar.

  1. To comment with your avatar, tap the comment field, then tap the Emoji icon.

  2. Tap your avatar from the options along the top.

  3. Choose a sticker, and tap the Send icon.

    Editing a Facebook Avatar.

Post Your Facebook Avatar in Facebook Messenger

Similarly, you can post your Facebook Avatar in Facebook Messenger, in a variety of poses.

  1. To send your avatar through Facebook Messenger, tap a conversation or start a new one.

  2. Tap the Emoji icon next to the text bar.

  3. Tap your avatar from the options at the bottom, and choose one. Tap Edit Avatar to get back to the builder.

    Editing a Facebook Avatar.
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