How to Use Animoji and Memoji Stickers in iMessage in macOS Big Sur

So you have installed macOS 11 on your Mac, and are checking out all the cool new macOS Big Sur features? Chances are that like me you are also eager to try out all the new iMessage features on your Mac. So, if you’re wondering how you can send Memoji and Animoji stickers, fret no more. Here is how to use Animoji and Memoji stickers in iMessage in macOS Big Sur (macOS 11).

How to Send Memoji Stickers in macOS Big Sur

Note: For this tutorial I’m assuming you have already designed your Memoji stickers on your Mac. In case you haven’t you should check out our article on how to create, duplicate, and delete Memoji in macOS Big Sur

  • Open the Messages app and the conversation where you want to send the Memoji. Click on the App Store icon on the left of the text box as shown in the screenshot below.

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  • Click on ‘Memoji Stickers.’

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  • Choose the Memoji sticker you want to send and that’s it.

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  • If you want to send Animoji Stickers, you can simply select one of the Animoji icons next to your Memoji icon (see screenshot) and send one of those stickers instead.

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Set Up Name and Photo Sharing with Memoji in macOS Big Sur

You can also use your Memoji to set up the name and photo sharing feature in Messages. This is great because it helps you send personalised messages with a name and photo. Plus, you can always choose who can see what you share. Here’s how to set up name and photo sharing with Memoji in macOS Big Sur.

  • Open the Messages app. In the menu bar go to ‘Messages -> Preferences‘. You can also do this by pressing “command+;“.

  • Here, click on “Set up Name and Photo Sharing“.

  • Next, click on “Continue“.

  • Now click on “Customise“.

  • You can now choose your Memoji. Also, you can click on “See More” to see all the available Memoji and Animoji that you can use.

  • You will see a pop up asking you whether you want to update your Apple ID and My Card with the new photo. Click on ‘Use’.

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  • You can now choose whether you want Messages to share your Name and Photo with your contacts automatically, or if you want it to ask you every time.
  • Click on “Done” and you’re all set up with Name and Photo sharing on macOS Big Sur.


Use Memoji for Group Conversations

If you’re in a group conversation with a boring image, you can use Memoji or Animoji as the group icon as well. Here’s how to do that.

  • Select the group conversation you want to change the icon for and click on the ⓘ icon.
  • Click on “Change Group Name and Photo”.
  • You can now select the Memoji or Animoji you want to use for the group icon.
  • Once you’ve chosen the Memoji, click on “Done”.

Use Memoji Like a Pro in iMessage on macOS Big Sur

So that’s how you can use Memoji (and Animoji) in iMessage on macOS Big Sur. Memoji are great to have some fun with conversations or for making a group chat more lively with fresh icons. It’s surprising that it took Apple this long to bring Memoji support to iMessage on Mac, but now that it’s finally here, you should definitely use it. Meanwhile, if you’re wondering, we have an article on macOS Big Sur features that you should also check out while you wait for the stable release later this fall.

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