Christmas and New Year: learn how to decorate your WhatsApp for the holidays

O Whatsapp has become much more than just a messaging app; is a platform where people connect and share special moments. With the festive season approaching comes the desire to add a touch of Christmas and New Year to conversations.

Whether you want to convey your best wishes or simply create a festive atmosphere, there are countless ways to get WhatsApp into the celebratory mood.

Follow the step-by-step instructions provided by the portal Canaltech to get your messaging app in the holiday mood.

Leave your WhatsApp with the look of the end of year festivities

Personalized WhatsApp for the End of the Year

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1. Change icon


For iOS users, there is no need to download external apps as the Shortcuts app has the functionality to change icons.

To add a Christmas tree icon to WhatsApp, follow these instructions:

  1. At the app Shortcuts, select the ‘+’ button.
  2. Tap ‘Add Action’.
  3. Choose the ‘Apps’ tab and select WhatsApp.
  4. Tap the information icon next to the desired icon.
  5. Select ‘Add Shortcut’ and the top tab with the WhatsApp logo.
  6. Choose ‘Choose Icon’, select the desired image and confirm with ‘Ok’.

Changing the WhatsApp icon on iOS – Image: Screenshot/Fabrício Calixto/Canaltech

  1. Select WhatsApp within the app.
  2. Choose the desired image from camera or gallery.
  3. Confirm the change and see the new icon on the main screen.

Change WhatsApp icon on Android – Image: Screenshot/Fabrício Calixto/Canaltech

2. Change the wallpaper

To change the wallpaper on WhatsApp, follow these simple steps:

  1. On the home screen, tap the three-dot icon.
  2. Go to settings and select ‘Chats’.
  3. Tap ‘Wallpaper’.
  4. Press ‘Change’ and choose the ‘My Photos’ option.
  5. Select the new image you want and tap ‘Save’.

Festive New Year wallpaperFestive New Year wallpaperChange the wallpaper to festive end-of-year images – Image: Screenshot/Fabrício Calixto/Canaltech

3. Change the font of the name or groups

Customizing the font of group names or your WhatsApp profile is a fun way to adapt the app to the spirit of Christmas and New Year.

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Using a font generator, you can choose styles that match the theme, transforming, for example, ‘Merry Christmas’ into something more festive, like ‘𝓕𝓮𝓵𝓲𝔃 𝓝𝓪𝓽𝓪𝓵’.

It’s important to note that when you change your display name on WhatsApp, the change will not be visible to contacts who have already saved it. O application will only display the name originally registered in the calendar.

To modify the font of your name, follow these instructions using the PiliApp website.

  1. Access PiliApp (
  2. Enter the desired text for conversion.
  3. Select the desired font option, such as cursive.
  4. Copy the generated result and paste it into your WhatsApp to apply the new font.

4. Customize your 3D avatar

It is possible to make your 3D avatar on WhatsApp more festive for Christmas and New Yearchoosing themed clothes and accessories.

Then, send your virtual selfies in the form of stickers to your contacts and have fun with this customization.

  1. Open WhatsApp.
  2. Tap the three dots icon.
  3. Select ‘Settings’.
  4. Press ‘Avatar’.

Change your 3D avatar’s clothes to put your WhatsApp in the Christmas and New Year mood – Image: Screenshot/Fabrício Calixto/Canaltech

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