How To Get Emoji Emoticons On Your Android Phone

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If some of your friends and family members have the iPhone who text you using an emoji emoticons, you’ve probably noticed getting random blank spaces in your text messages. But this isn’t because they’re sending you blank messages, its because Android doesn’t natively support the use of emoji. Thankfully there is a solution to this problem, and that is the purpose of this article:

  1. Download a text messaging application to replace the stock one on your phone. I recommend either ChompSMS or GoSMS (both of which are available for free on Google Play).
  2. Open the app and compose a new text message.
  3. Now try to insert an emoticon inside your text message. On ChompSMS, you can do this by pressing the + button to the left of the text field. Make sure to press on the different emoticon tabs.
  4. Doing this should open a pop up prompting you to download the emoji plugin from Google Play. Click OK.
  5. Download the emoji plugin.
  6. When you go back to the app, you should now be able to use emoji emoticons.

Since you’re downloading an app to replace the stock messaging app, you should go to the stock messaging app’s settings and disable notifications so you don’t get double notifications (as both the stock and ChompSMS will notify you). To do this, open the stock (or preloaded) messaging app and press menu>settings. Look for where it says “Notifications” and uncheck the box. Now only ChompSMS will notify you for new text messages (which is what we want).

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David Rahimi is the editor-in-chief at PhoneBuff.com. Ever since he got his first smartphone, he has been obsessed with mobile technology and all that it has to offer. Other interests include business, investing, and neuroscience.

  • crys

    I have a virgin mobile htc wildfire s android and i tried both apps on seperate occasions and neither worked? I received weird symbols from iphone users in place pf emojis, and vice versa.

  • Karen

    This shows you how to install the emoticons on your phone

  • Rich

    it works and runs smooth, BUT i can only send emojis not receive them..what should i do to fix this?

  • kassie

    I have virgin mobile android rise. I can see the emojis from other iphone and gs carriers. But they never get mine? How can I fix this?

  • nasser

    What if i want to use emoticons on twitter and instagram ? How can i do it ?

    • rob

      Copy emojis from chomp sms then paste them into Twitter/instagram

  • Dimis

    Crap nothing about instagram

  • Kendall

    Not exactly right. Telephony SMS is an ASCII service only, when you use emoticons you are using a Data Application, this is what iphones have always done. Like all iphones, their users dont understand the technology or know the difference. If your in a rural area, your data service will never be as reliable as you SMS text service. Just a warning.

  • JUSTMEh

    just download newest google’s keyboard and u will recive google’s own emoji