WhatsApp strives to introduce deep links or special URL links that will open the app in a specific situation. For example, these deep links will help to easily activate sticker packs for users. Wa.me URLs are said to work on the latest versions of iOS and Android, but there is no clarity yet on how they can be generated by users. These deep links or special URLs act as a quick shortcut for users to view and import sticker packs.
WABetaInfo reports that these deep links work on the latest beta and stable updates to WhatsApp for iOS and Android. These links will allow you to import and download sticker packs without having to go to the WhatsApp sticker store. For example, if you want to download the newly introduced COVID-19 vaccination awareness sticker pack called Vaccines for All, you can simply visit the wa.me/stickerpack/VaccinesForAll deep link from your Android or iOS device and you will see that the browser will open WhatsApp, directly showing this sticker pack. As mentioned, there is no clarity on how these links are generated. It is possible that only developers can create this link, but it can be shared later by anyone. WABetaInfo states that these deep links can also be copied to your WhatsApp messages.
Deep links will be especially helpful when downloading regional sticker packs. These packs are available in specific countries and only for special events. They are not available for all countries, but using the deep links you can download and import them from anywhere in the sticker library. WABetaInfo shared several deep links for a host of regional packs such as Malvibrosio & Deledina and Pictomigos available in Mexico, Cece Cenderawasih, Hantuku, Poci The Bolster Spirit, Simbok Dan Jajanan Pasar available in Indonesia, and even the Cricket Matchup sticker pack. . All deep links shared by WABetaInfo can be viewed here.
The pattern of these links suggests that it works in this format: https://wa.me/stickerpack/[nameofstickerpack]. WhatsApp’s new Vaccines for All sticker pack includes 23 separate WHO-designed stickers. These stickers are meant to enable people “to express the joy, relief and hope they feel about the possibilities offered by COVID-19 vaccines.”
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