Android is one of the best mobile operating system that was slower to make emojis as commonplace as Apple and its iOS platform, but that doesn’t mean you can’t be part of the coll emoticons crowd if you’re not an user of iPhone. Emojis are such that really look great, shares your emotions, expressions, and much more through text messaging or wishing anyone via Facebook and other social media channels, which looks really different on different phones.
Of course, there are stock emojis on Android, and if not there are plenty of other third-party keyboard apps or add-ons like SwiftKey etc. Android uers have a handful of ways to access emoji. Here’s a simple guide on how to activate emoji on your Android devices.
Note: Some devices running Android doesn’t even see emoji characters – if your iPhone-touting buddies keep sending you text messages that appear as squares, this is you. And if you are not sure if your device supports emoji, you can easily find out by opening up your Web browser and search for “emoji” in Google.
Found your device supports emojis, you’ll see a bunch of smiley faces in the search results, or not, you see a bunch of squares.
No worry, you can still get them by using a third-party social messaging app such as WhatsApp or Line or SwiftKey keyboard app. You will only be able to see emojis inside these apps; any SMS messages you receive will continue not to display them, finally.
Step 1: Turn on the emoji keyboard
First and foremost, if your Android device does support Emojis, your default keyboard may not include them after all. If you have Android 4.4 or higher version running, the standard Google Keyboard has an emoji option. You can change your default keyboard by going to Settings > Language and Input > Default and choosing the keyboard you want to use.
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In the Google keyboard, just type a word like “smile” to see the corresponding emoji. You can switch between keyboards by swiping down to open the Notifications area and tapping Choose input method.
Wait! You can only switch between keyboards while typing in a text box, but nevertheless, you’ll know this because a small keyboard icon will appear in your Alerts bar. For instance, using a Samsung device, the default Samsung Keyboard has built-in emojis that can be accessed by tapping and holding the microphone button and then pressing the smiley face icon.
Unfortunately, if your device didn’t come with a keyboard that has built-in emojis, alternatively you can download a third-party keyboard that does. Get Google keyboard installed on your Android device to experience the beautiful emojis. Other keyboards for Android such as Swype, SwiftKey, Fleksy and Minuum also have built-in emojis.
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If you don’t have an add-on or iWnn IME, you have the option to grab a text messaging app that supports emoji. To find a third-party emoji keyboard, head over to Google Play Store and search for the aforementioned apps for your Android keyboard.
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