Bitmoji doesn’t seem like it should be fun, but it is. Essentially a customizable avatar application, the way it works is that you create a little Bitmoji you, select an outfit that says here is the best version of myself, and supplement your text conversations with it when words won’t do. Nothing says you’re down for weekend plans quite like a snapping cartoon of yourself under the banner of “Yasss.”
The people behind Snapchat know that we love nothing more than cuter versions of ourselves and capitalized on that in March when Snapchat Inc. bought Bitmoji for more than $100 million.
On Tuesday, this relationship came to fruition when Snapchat announced that you can now use Bitmoji within the application, either in chat or as a sticker option on a snap.
The company explains this change in a sunshine-filled new video:
Snapchat also broke the news on its blog, while serving up the Bitmoji version of Snapchat co-founder and billionaire 26-year-old, Evan Spiegel.
To use Bitmoji on Snapchat, you’ll need to have the latest updates of both applications. If you’re new to Bitmoji you can just download it, create your avatar, and it will give you the option to link the two apps together. If you already have both apps then follow these steps, as per Bitmoji’s instructions:
- Open Snapchat
- Tap the ghost icon at the top of the Camera screen.
- Tap the gear icon to open Settings.
- Tap ‘Bitmoji.’
- Tap the “Link Bitmoji” button.
- If you’re already logged it, an option on your screen will pop up asking if you want to allow Snapchat to use the Bitmoji avatar.
And that should be that. It seems easy enough, except that so far I haven’t been able to make the upgrade due to “network error.” To which the only appropriate response is really: