[Android] Custom Stickers and GIFs

As the previous What's New article mentioned, users of the free TextNow app have had the option to include stickers in their texts for a while now. Well, that feature has done so well we're expanding it to all TextNow users - free, Premium and TextNow phone plan subscribers - with added GIF support!

You'll now have the option to choose from stickers as well as GIFs. (And for the record, we here at TextNow fall on the hard "g" side of the GIF pronunciation debate.) Here's how it works:

During a Conversation on the TextNow app, you'll see some words suddenly colored blue. These are keywords that bring up the stickers and GIFs suggested by the keyword. For example, typing the word sunny in this conversation...




... gives me some suggestions to include in my Conversation. Let's choose the hot dog:




And voila! Now my contact can enjoy that delightful hot dog as well.

If you don't want these suggestions, you can turn them off in your main TextNow Settings menu, under Messaging. Turn the Suggest stickers and GIFs toggle on to enable the feature, and off to disable it.


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    Cool beans

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    Derek Veit

    Neat feature, but it's not for me personally. I like that the automatic suggestion feature can be disabled, and I think it is by default. It would be even nicer if the blue linking feature could also be disabled, because for someone not interested in the GIFs this is a nuisance when tapping a word to correct the word choice.

    Also, why does "love" bring up images of Happy Death Day, etc? Seasonal Halloween theme, I guess? It seems a little off to me.

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    Valeria TextNow Support

    Hey Derek! All good points- and we're happy you brought them up! Now, with regards to the "blue linking", that sounds like autocorrect. Now, that's easily controlled through your own phone's settings. Open them up and find "Language and input". The spellcheck settings should be found within your keyboard settings.

    I agree with you that the "love" suggestions are slightly inappropriate, and will pass it along to the correct authorities:)

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    Anthony Flynn

    It is NOT autocorrect. Your keywords are changing colour, even with suggestions turned off, and it is driving me bonkers. Please stop it. Also, who can see these custom stickers and gifs? Only other Textnow users? I have tried using them with friends and none of them can see anything except the text of the keyword. If only other Textnow users can see them, then it is utterly useless fr me as I do not have even one contact who is using Textnow. Mostly, however, I need you to turn off the colour change on the keywords when suggestions is turned off. Thank you.

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    Valeria TextNow Support

    Hmm, all right, we may need a screenshot of the keywords changing colours to be able to ascertain what you're looking at. You can send those to community@textnow.com!

    With regards to the custom gifs/stickers, they are absolutely optimized to work between TextNow and non-TextNow users. If your contacts are not receiving them, that may be a limit on their end (such as if their plan does not allow/include mms messaging)

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    Sasha Dolan

    Is there a list of some sort where I can view all the stickers to choose from at once?

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    Valeria TextNow Support

    Hey Sasha! That's a great suggestion, though we don't currently support that feature. I'd be sure to pass it along for you though!

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    Jo Lukinchuk

    I have Suggest gif's and stickers off and they still pop up. I'm paying monthly for this to not happen. Am I not? I don't want your stickers popping up mid conversation when I'm typing. Please fix.

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    Valeria TextNow Support

    Hey Jo! While the words may still be highlighted, the actual suggested stickers and/or gifs should not be showing up if you have the setting turned off.

    Would you please be able to message us at community@textnow.com with your account information and screenshot of the stickers showing up with the setting turned off?

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    Brittany Phillips


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