If you have an Apple Watch, you may know that the activity rewards you have paid can be shared with your friends as iMessage stickers on your iPhone. However, you must first get achievements to use as a sticker. It's changing a bit with iOS 12 because Apple has added animated activity stickers for all Apple Watch users, whether or not they've been honored.
These animated activity stickers are not awards that have earned you various fitness challenges and goals. Rather, Apple ships all with an Apple Watch 11 non-performance sticker. These consist of the countdown timer; Activity wheels; Moving, exercising, standing and breathing symbols; and running, running, wheelchair, bike and swimming animations
The price stickers you won will remain untouched and still only appear after you've earned everyone. But these new animated stickers are accessible to all watch owners without them having to be unlocked. The only problem with these new activity stickers is that you'll need an attached Apple Watch to use them. If you do not have one, the Activity iMessage app does not appear in the iMessage app drawer.
How to send animated activity stickers
If you think that your chat could use a small "activity" to move conversation, start with the app's drawer turned on. If not, tap the App Store icon next to the camera. Next, find the activity icon and tap it. Here you can see the Activity sticker drawer with all earned achievement badges as well as the 11 new animated stickers.
These stickers work like any other – tap one to load them into your text box, then tap the blue arrow to send it to your friend. Alternatively, you can drag and drop the sticker over the desired chat bubble. Press the button before releasing to adjust the size of the sticker.
We hope that Apple will continue to produce custom stickers like these, as they are amazingly fun in Chats. We also hope the company will release these stickers for all iPhones with iOS 12, not just those connected to Apple Watches. It just does not seem fair to torment my non-Apple Watch friends with my cool, new stickers. You can not save or copy the animations you receive, which means they can not reuse them.