How to Add Stickers to Photos on iPhone (iOS 17)

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With iOS 17, not only can you make a Custom Photo Sticker and send it via Messages or another texting app to your friends and family, but you can also add those stickers to images and documents using Apple's built-in Markup feature. Let's learn how to add Custom Photo Stickers to a variety of things using Markup!

Why You'll Love This Tip:

  • Add your custom-made stickers to your photos or documents to give them some flair.
  • A great way to add pets or other things that can sometimes be difficult to include in a photo.

How to Add Stickers to iPhone Photos

System Requirements

This tip works on iPhones running iOS 17 or later. Find out how to update to iOS 17.

Be aware that this is a brand-new feature, and the kinks are still being worked out. For example, when testing this tip, the holographic and puffy stickers worked as expected, but animated Live Photo GIF stickers did not.

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If you haven't already read our article on how to create Custom Photo Stickers, go check that out first. If you like getting the latest tips about Apple's newest software, be sure to sign up for our free Tip of the Day! Here's how to put stickers on a photo with iOS 17:

  1. On your device, open the Photos app.

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  2. Select a photo you'd like to add the sticker to and tap Edit.

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  3. Tap the pen in a circle. This is the Markup button.

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  4. Tap the plus icon.

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  5. Tap Add Sticker.

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  6. Select a sticker.

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  7. Then, you can move the sticker around on the photo until you like its placement. Tap the three dots in a circle for more options.

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  8. From here, you can cut, paste, duplicate, or delete your sticker from the image.

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  9. Tap Done when you're finished.

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And that's how you add a sticker to a photo on your iPhone! If you want to be able to add stickers to PDF documents on your iPhone, the process is almost exactly the same, so you can also add stickers to PDFs and more in the Files app. And now you can add stickers to nearly anything by using the Markup tool that comes built-in to Apple devices. Happy stickering! Next, learn how to create an emoji from a photo.

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Author Details

Rachel Needell

Rachel Needell is a Feature Writer at iPhone Life, and a poet and author. With 10-plus years of experience working with Apple devices, she specializes in all-things iPad and is a Notes App expert, having worked on both the 2023 iPad Guide and the Notes App Guide. You can usually find her writing in the Daily Tip newsletter as one of our senior Tip writers. Rachel received her Master’s degree in English Literature in 2021 and her most recent work appears in the Winter ’21 edition of New Note Poetry. When she’s not obsessing about Apple products, you can find her voraciously reading fantasy books with her cat in Asheville, North Carolina.