In a world where so much of our communication with our friends, partners, family, and coworkers is done through texting, words often fall flat or are misinterpreted by the recipient. When you send words via text or email there’s no body language or tone of voice, which is why people misinterpret messages sent through text and even take offense where no offense was intended. There may be those occasions when your response can only be sufficiently communicated with an emoji of the face of an alien looking surprised or just a classic smiling face can make all the difference. That’s why we have emojis. And that’s why there are more emoji apps then there are human emotions themselves.
There’s an emoji for every emotion and every connotation of emotion. Emoji, when used well and sparingly, can help you communicate more clearly and sometimes amuse the recipient at the same time. When iOS 10 opened up iMessage to third-party developers, emoji apps for the iPhone flooded the market. And with the Animoji capabilities of the iPhone X, along with its successor model, the iPhone XS, and the spin-off device, the iPhone XR, the possibilities have exploded. Some of these apps are free, but many cost a dollar or two.
Rather than running up your credit card balance in order to test every emoji app in the Apple Store, we’ll give you a list of our personal favorites so that you can spend your emoji app budget wisely. Here are the ten best emoji apps for the iPhone.