How to make Telegram stickers and share your custom emojis with friends

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You can create custom stickers with a third-party app and upload them onto Telegram.

  • You can make Telegram stickers with image editing apps like Photoshop, GIMP, or Canva.
  • Stickers can be used and sent in Telegram conversations like emojis.
  • Once you publish your sticker pack, anyone on Telegram can use it in their conversations.
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Many messaging apps allow you to include stickers in conversations with your friends and family. Telegram, a popular secure messaging app, is unique in that it actually lets you upload and use your own stickers in conversations.

You can create sticker packs and show them off as much as you want. Here’s how to make stickers and use them in your Telegram conversations.

How to make Telegram stickers

Before you can create Telegram stickers, you’ll need image editing software that lets you create PNG files with transparent backgrounds. Adobe Photoshop is the most popular image editing software out there, but if you’re looking for something less expensive, you can poke around the internet for a free alternative – we used GIMP in this instance, and there are plenty of other options available as well.

There are a few rules you need to keep in mind when designing Telegram stickers:

  • Telegram stickers must be PNG files with a transparent background.
  • Telegram stickers cannot be larger than 512 x 512 pixels.
  • Telegram stickers cannot contain copyrighted material (such as images or quotes from popular media).
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The completed sticker should have a transparent background, measure 512×512 pixels or smaller, and be saved as a PNG file.

The process of creating a transparent background for your sticker varies depending on the software you’re using, but in general, you’ll need to add an “alpha channel” to the background in order to create transparency. Once you’ve added an alpha channel, anything you erase or delete in that layer will become transparent, represented by a white and gray checkerboard pattern. With this, you can edit the image to your liking and save it as a PNG file once you’re done.

Just remember that once you’ve made and published a pack of stickers (as we show how to do below), the stickers are public for everyone on Telegram. So if there’s anything in your stickers that you’re not alright with strangers seeing, leave them out.

How to add and use your sticker pack in Telegram

After you’ve created your sticker pack, you’ll need to upload them to Telegram before you can start using them in a chat. To do this, you’ll have to contact the Telegram sticker bot.

1. Open the Telegram app and log in if prompted.

2. Tap on the search bar and type “stickers,” then tap on the Telegram sticker bot once it appears. This will create a new conversation with the sticker bot; tap “Start” to begin.

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Start a conversation with the Telegram sticker bot.

3. Type “/newpack” (without quotation marks) into the message bar and tap the blue arrow to send the message.

4. Type a name for your sticker pack in the message bar and tap the blue arrow.

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After you name your sticker pack, Telegram will direct you to upload the file.

5. Now it’s time to upload your first sticker. Tap on the paperclip icon in the message bar, then tap “File,” and then select the sticker you want to upload.

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Make sure you upload your sticker as a file, not a photo; if you try to upload it as a photo, Telegram will reject the sticker.

6. Use the emoji keyboard to type and send an emoji that applies to the sticker you just uploaded. This helps the sticker bot categorize the stickers.

7. Repeat steps five and six for each sticker you want to include in the sticker pack. Once you’ve finished adding stickers, type “/publish” (without quotation marks) into the message bar and tap the blue arrow.

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Once you finish adding stickers to your pack, use the /publish message command to indicate that you’re done.

8. Telegram will give you the option to upload an icon for your sticker pack. If you choose to do so, the icon must be 100 x 100 pixels. This isn’t required, though, so if you want to skip this step, just type “/skip” (without quotation marks) into the message bar and tap the blue arrow.

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The short name you choose will be incorporated in Telegram’s unique link for your sticker pack, so you might have to try a few before finding one that isn’t taken.

9. Type a short name for your sticker pack and tap the blue arrow. This will be included in the URL that Telegram creates so that you can share the sticker pack. If a short name has already been taken or isn’t usable, Telegram will ask you to choose a different one.

10. Telegram will send you a link for your sticker pack. Tap on the link, then tap “Add Stickers” to download the sticker pack. You can also share the link with your friends so that they can use your stickers as well.

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Telegram creates a unique link that you can share with others, allowing them to use your stickers, too.

11. Now that you’ve created and downloaded your sticker pack, you’ll be able to include them in messages like any other sticker. Start a conversation with a friend and give it a try.

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Once you’ve added them, your stickers will appear in your sticker keyboard and you can use them like any other sticker.

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What is Telegram? A quick guide to the fast and secure messaging platform

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The Telegram messaging app is a popular alternative to WhatsApp and Signal.

  • Telegram is a cross-platform messaging service with enhanced encryption and privacy.
  • Most messages feature client-to-server encryption, but Secret Chat messages have end-to-end encryption.
  • Telegram also supports group chats and self-destructing messages as well.
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Telegram is a popular cross-platform messaging app that is widely used because it offers some enhanced privacy and encryption features as well as support for large group chat features. It also has no ties to other social media platforms (both Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp are owned by Facebook, for example), which makes the service more appealing to some.

The app is multiplatform, with versions of the app available for iOS, Android, Windows, Mac, and Linux. You can also access the Telegram from a web browser.

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You can access the Telegram app on a variety of devices, like Android tablets.

Telegram was founded by Russian social media entrepreneur Pavel Durov, and the service is free to use.

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Why QAnon are pinning their last desperate hopes on Trump emerging as president on March 4

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Some QAnon conspiracy theorists believe that former President Donald Trump will be sworn in on March 4, 2021.

  • QAnon followers believe that Trump will be reinstated as president on March 4, 2021.
  • The conspiracy theory is rooted in the discredited beliefs of the sovereign citizen movement.
  • It has gained popularity with QAnon followers after being circulated on Telegram and Gam.
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QAnon followers, unable to cope with Joe Biden’s elevation to president in January, have now coopted a new belief to argue that the next legitimate inauguration date will be on March 4.

After President Joe Biden’s inauguration on January 20, 2021, some QAnon believers concluded that their conspiracy theory was a “lie.” But its most fervent followers weren’t ready to give up on their conspiratorial beliefs, clinging to an absurd hope that former President Donald Trump will be sworn in at a later date.

Using ever-shifting goalposts, the pro-Trump conspiracists have now set their eyes on March 4, 2021.

Where does the conspiracy theory come from?

The belief that Trump will be sworn in on March 4 is rooted in theories promoted by the obscure sovereign citizen movement.

The sovereign citizen movement is a highly-fragmented grouping of Americans who believe taxes, US currency, and even the US government to be illegitimate.

A minority of them believe that laws do not apply to them at all, resulting in the FBI designating some members as “domestic terrorists” and “anti-government extremists.”

A central tenet of the movement is that the 14th Amendment, ratified in 1868,  converted “sovereign citizens” into “federal citizens.” 

This belief also goes so far as to dismiss the validity of any presidency after 1868, making Ulysses S. Grant the last valid president.

The ideas are esoteric and, arguably, nonsensical.

“You really feel like you’re in an Alice in Wonderland world when you start going through the ideas of the sovereign citizens,” Michael Barkun, professor emeritus of political science at Syracuse University, told Insider. “It’s like you’ve gone down some kind of rabbit hole into a parallel universe.”

Some sovereign citizens also believe that an obscure law from 1871 reveals that the US has become a corporation.

The District of Columbia Organic Act established a single municipal government for Washington, DC. The use of the word “corporation,” referring to an incorporated district, has led to the mistaken interpretation of this to mean that the entirety of the US became a business.

“Some believe that President Joe Biden is the executive of a bankrupt corporation – the United States Inc.,” said Travis View said, conspiracy theory expert and host of the QAnon Anonymous podcast.

Creating an alternate reality based on a misinterpretation of a minor detail in an old law is typical of conspiracy groups, Media Matter’s deputy research director Stefanie Le told Insider. 

“They can create elaborate mythologies based on the smallest and least significant details,” she said.

Why March 4?

Before the 20th Amendment in 1933, all presidents were sworn in on March 4.

It was introduced to shorten the “lame duck” period between elections and the start of new administrations.

Given that followers of the sovereign citizen movement reject all constitutional amendments passed after the 14th amendment, they do not view this date change as legitimate.

QAnon followers, who failed to see Trump inaugurated in January, have recycled the argument and reinvented the next legitimate inauguration date.

They say that on March 4, 2021, Trump will succeed the last legitimate president, Grant, to become the 19th president.

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Believers of the March 4 conspiracy think that former President Donald Trump will succeed former President Ulysses S. Grant as the 19th president of the US.

Le told Insider: “Now that one of their most highly-anticipated events – the January 20 inauguration –  has failed to come true, they’re grasping for explanations from other conspiracy theories.” 

View said that there is no clear logic to it besides the blind faith that Donald Trump is the chosen one to save humanity.

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Joe Biden is sworn in as the 46th president of the United States by Chief Justice John Roberts as Jill Biden holds the Bible during the 59th Presidential Inauguration at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, January 20, 2021.

‘Maybe we should gather again and storm the Capitol on March 4’

Adopting conspiracy theories from other groups to contribute to a specific, imaginary narrative isn’t unexpected.

It’s QAnon’s survival method “because their own predictions have fallen apart,” said Le.

The forums populated by QAnon adherents are now buzzing with chatter about March 4.

Telegram and Gab have led the way according to research by Media Matters seen by Insider, and it is widely circulating on 4Chan and right-wing forum Patriots.win, the researchers said. The rumors have also reached TikTok, reported the Independent.

There have been real-world consequences to the March 4 rumor-mill.

Notably, Trump’s DC hotel has hiked prices for March 3 and March 4. It is the only luxury hotel in the area to increase its rates for those nights. 

The US Capitol Police, fearing potentially violent clashes, have ordered almost 5,000 National Guard troops to remain stationed in Washington, DC, on March 4.

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National Guard troops are expected to stay in Washington, DC, until mid-March.

Rep. Adam Smith, chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, referred to the conspiracy theory during a hearing on the matter.

“Some of these people have figured out that apparently 75 years ago, the president used to be inaugurated on March 4,” he said. “OK, now why that’s relevant? God knows. At any rate, now they are thinking, ‘maybe we should gather again and storm the Capitol on March 4’ … that is circulating online.”

A HASC Democratic spokesperson told Insider that Smith had seen the reports identifying March 4 as “another inflection point” in the capital.

“The House Armed Services Committee’s role is to validate that military personnel are used in accordance with their aligned task and requirements,” the spokesperson said.

Will QAnon ever give up?

Security is also expected to be high throughout March to anticipate the still-unscheduled State of the Union address.

The Capitol Police plans to maintain an elevated presence due to intelligence suggesting that extremists have discussed plans to attack the Capitol building during the speech, Politico reported.

Experts, however, don’t expect the insurrectionist violence of January 6 to be replicated on March 4.

Barkun, who previously advised the FBI on security threats posed by extremist groups, said he is confident that sufficient attention is being paid to QAnon’s activities.

View also doubts that there will be widespread violence. “I think the events of January 6 spooked a lot of Q followers,” he told Insider.

But none of the experts Insider spoke to believe QAnon is going away any time soon. It is commonplace for conspiracy theory groups to deal with incorrect predictions by just kicking the can down the road.

“They will construct more and more complex rationalizations that push the events that they wish for farther and farther into the future,” Barkun told Insider. 

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