How To Add and Use Stickers on iPhone 6S and 6S Plus Models

The iPhone 6S and 6S Plus, released in 2015, were the first iPhones to support using stickers in the Messages app. Here is a guide on how to find, add, and use stickers on these iPhone models.

Finding and Adding Sticker Packs

There are a few ways to add new stickers to your Messages app:

Download from App Store

  • Open the App Store app and search for “stickers” or “sticker packs”.
  • Browse the available packs and tap “Get” to download free packs or purchase paid ones.
  • Once downloaded, open Messages to access the new stickers from the sticker drawer.

Built-in Stickers

  • Open a Messages conversation and tap the App Store icon next to the text box.
  • Tap the “+” icon to browse the available Sticker packs.
  • Apple includes packs like “Smileys”, “Hands”, and “Classic Mac” by default.

Save Stickers from Messages

  • If someone sends you a cool sticker in Messages, touch and hold the sticker and tap “Save to Stickers” to add it to your collection.

Using Stickers in Messages

Using stickers in Messages on the iPhone 6S and later is easy and fun!

Sending Stickers

  • Open a Messages conversation and tap the App Store icon next to the text box.
  • Tap the “+” icon and select “Stickers” to view your sticker packs.
  • Tap a sticker pack, then tap a single sticker to send it.

Placing Stickers

  • Touch and hold a sticker, then drag it to place it on top of a message bubble or photo.
  • Resize or rotate the sticker before releasing to place it.

Layering Stickers

  • You can add multiple stickers from various packs onto a single message bubble, photo, or even another sticker.
  • Get creative and layer them up!

Full Screen Stickers

  • A single tap on a sticker will display it full screen. Tap again to exit.
  • On iPhone 6S and later, a 3D Touch press will also make a sticker full screen.

Creating Custom Stickers

You can create your own custom stickers right on your iPhone 6S!

From Photos

  • Open the Photos app and view a photo.
  • Touch and hold the main subject, then tap “Create Sticker”.
  • The subject is converted to a sticker and saved to your sticker packs.

From Emojis

  • Open Messages and tap the App Store icon next to the text box.
  • Tap the “+” icon, then tap your emoji stickers.
  • Touch and hold an emoji to create a custom sticker and add text or other emojis.

So get creative and spice up your iMessages with cool, customized stickers! They are easy to make and fun to use on the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus.

Tips for Using Stickers Effectively

Here are some tips to level up your sticker game:

Organize Stickers into Categories

  • Edit your sticker packs by touch and holding on the pack in Messages.
  • You can add, delete, or reorder stickers to keep things tidy.

Use Stickers to Enhance Conversations

  • Stickers can help add tone, emotion, and fun to plain messages.
  • Be more expressive by pairing stickers with regular messages.

Create Themed Sticker Packs

  • Make custom sticker packs around specific topics, holidays, inside jokes etc.
  • Switch between packs easily to decorate messages.

Animate Stickers with Effects

  • Touch and hold a custom sticker, then tap “Add Effect”.
  • Effects like Comic, Mirror, and Outline can make static stickers pop.

Use Stickers as Reactions

  • Don’t just send text replies in group chats. React with appropriate stickers instead.
  • They are visible, immediate, and more fun reactions to messages.

So those are some tips to use stickers like a pro on your iPhone 6S/6S Plus! Take your messaging to the next level with stickers.

Troubleshooting Stickers

Having issues with stickers on your iPhone 6S/6S Plus? Try these troubleshooting tips:

Force Close Messages

  • If stickers aren’t loading properly, force quit the Messages app.
  • Double tap the Home button and swipe up on the Messages preview to force close.

Reboot Your iPhone

  • For major sticker issues, rebooting your iPhone may help.
  • Hold down the Power and Home buttons together until the Apple logo appears.

Check iOS Version

  • Older iOS versions have bugs and limitations with stickers.
  • Update to the latest iOS version possible for your iPhone 6S.

Reset Keyboard Dictionary

  • If your custom stickers disappear, resetting the keyboard can help restore them.
  • Go to Settings > General > Reset > Reset Keyboard Dictionary.

Stickers not working properly can be frustrating, but usually some simple troubleshooting will get them back up and running on your iPhone 6S or 6S Plus!


  • Find and add new stickers through the App Store, built-in packs, or saving from messages
  • Send, place, layer, and full screen stickers in creative ways in Messages
  • Make custom stickers from Photos subjects or Emojis
  • Organize, enhance conversations, make themed packs, and react with stickers
  • Troubleshoot issues by force closing Messages, rebooting, checking iOS, or resetting the keyboard

So get excited about stickers and all the ways they can improve your messaging experience! They are a fun way to express yourself and interact with friends and family on your iPhone 6S or 6S Plus.