What Happened to Bitstrips?

A look back on this fun comic-making app

Bitstrips was acquired by Snapchat in the summer of 2016 and the original Bitstrips comic service was shut down not long afterward. Despite this, Bitstrips' spin-off app, Bitmoji (also owned by Snapchat) is still very popular today and has been integrated with Snapchat.

If you want to know more about Bitmoji, check out these resources:

The information below is now out of date, but feel free to read through it for an understanding of how the Bitstrips app worked when it was still available.

What Was Bitstrips?

Bitstrips was a very popular comic builder app that people used to create funny cartoons of themselves and tell stories about their lives through personalized web comics.

Bitstrips' illustration of two women sharing a plate of spaghetti, 'Lady and the Tramp-'style

Since all the tools were already provided for you through the app, along with a wide range of scenes to choose from, making your own characters and building your comic was actually very easy. You could have your very own Bitstrips comic built and published in just a few minutes.

Downloading the App and Signing in Through Facebook

To get started with Bitstrips, you needed to download the app for iPhone or for Android (which are now obviously unavailable).

Alternatively, if you didn't have a compatible mobile device, you could also use it through its Facebook app. Sharing Bitstrips was once a very popular trend on Facebook.

If you decided to use the mobile apps, you were asked to sign in through your Facebook account.

Designing Your Own Bitstrips Avatar

Download screen, Face Shape screen, and Home screen for Bitstrips app on iOS

Once signed in, Bitstrips asked you to choose your gender and then give you a basic avatar design to start with.

You could then tap the list icon found on the left to display a men of physical features you could customize. There were lots of options, so you could really have fun with making your avatar look exactly like you in cartoon form.

Adding Friends (Also Known As "Co-Stars")

When you were all done creating your avatar, you could access your home feed and a button labeled + Co-star at the very top. You could this to see all your Facebook friends who were already using Bitstrips to add anybody you want.

The home feed featured a few default scenes with your avatar, prompting you to share them or to add a new co-star friend.

Making a Bitstrips Comic

You could tap the pencil icon on the bottom menu to start creating your own comics featuring you and your friends' personalities with the storylines you like. You could then choose from three different formats: status comics, friend comics or greeting cards.

Once you chose a comic style, you were shown a bunch of different scene options to fit specific situations. For example, if you were making a status comic, you could choose a scene from the #Good, #Bad, #Weird or other categories — depending on what type of story you wanted to share.

Editing and Sharing Your Comic

Make a comic screen and Share screen for Bitstrips app on iOS

After you chose a scene, you could edit it to make it even more personalized.

A green edit button shown in the top right corner of the screen, which allowed you to edit the facial expression of your avatars. You could also tap the default text shown beneath the image to change it and make it your own.

And lastly, you could share your finished comic on Bitstrips and/or Facebook. You could uncheck the Facebook option beneath the blue share button if you'd rather not share it on Facebook.

If you wanted to edit your avatar, you could do so any time by tapping the user icon in the middle of the lower menu, and you could even tap the book icon to look at archived comics that your friends previously shared.

New customizable scenes were added every day to the app, so it was fun to keep checking in for new comic ideas and scenes available to share funny stories with your friends.