Communicating via text can be a bit tricky sometimes because emotions or meanings can be miscommunicated quite easily using this form of communication. This can and definitely has lead to feuds between persons before, only for those involved to realize at a later date that it was all a mistake. Luckily for us there is emoji.
In addition to the various emoticons which are available which assist in communicating emotions by giving a representation of a facial expression, there are various symbols like hearts and flags among many other things that can really add flavor to the conversations you are having on your Android device.
You may however not be sure how to add/use emoji on your Android device. Well we will be walking through how to do this in this article so let’s get started.
1. Built In Emoji Keyboard
From Android 4.4 and up, most Android devices come with a keyboard which supports emoji installed. Make sure that you have the necessary keyboard enabled in order to make use of emoji on your Android device.
In order to do this, you will need to access the Settings app on your device. You will then need to select Language & Input.
Within Language & Input, you will need to select Current Keyboard and then Choose Keyboards in order to view the currently available keyboards on your device. If your device comes with Google Keyboard installed enable it.
Alternatively, you can enable iWnn IME which also has built in emoji if it is available on your device. These are 2 commonly available pre-installed keyboards.
When typing within an app the easiest way to select your desired keyboard is to select the globe icon which appears on the keyboard which pops up for text input. Keep pressing it until you get to your desired keyboard.
For the iWnn IME keyboard sleect the icon highlighted below in order to gain access to the available emoji.
Here are some of the available emoji in iWnn IME.
We can’t forget the Google Keyboard now. In order to view the available emoji, simply select the smiley face icon located in the bottom right of the keyboard after selecting the numerical portion of it.
Here are some of the emoji available from it.
2. Download A Third Party Keyboard
If your device doesn’t come with either of these keyboards, you have the choice of downloading a third party keyboard which contains emoji.
I mean you have that choice regardless but you may be less inclined to do so if you already have an awesome pre-installed keyboard which supports emoji.
Some awesome third party keyboards which contain emoji are Swype and Swiftkey.
All of the above mentioned solutions work really well. Even if you don’t have a pre-installed emoji kwyboard, Swype and Swiftkey are of high quality and will definitely do the job quite well.
One thing to note however is that emojis you send to a friend who may not have the same keyboard installed as you or that is on a different mobile OS may not appear quite the same as they do on your device and vice versa.
This is a story for another time however.
Thank you for reading and feel free to leaving any questions you may have or general feedback in the comments section below.