How to use emoji on iPhone or Android
Too busy to use whole words? Let emojis do the talking for you.
We’re committed to our readers and editorial independence. We don’t compare all products in the market and may receive compensation when we refer you to our partners, but this does not influence our opinions or reviews. Learn more about Finder.
Sometimes words aren't enough and you need the perfect emoji to convey what you really mean. And sometimes they're just weird punctuation in an otherwise normal sentence. Either way, they can come in handy.
In the dim dark ages a few years back, you might have needed a third-party keyboard to get the emoji goodness your conversations so desperately required but these days it's all built-in and easy to use.
Apple iOS: iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch emojis
When you see your keyboard on an iOS device you can just press the Smiling Face key and you'll switch from alpha-numeric characters to the world of emojis.
The grey icons at the bottom will take you through the various thematic groupings of emojis: facial expressions, animals, fruit and veg, activities, world flags and so much more. The clock icon is how you can quickly access your recently-used emojis if you want to make sure your personal brand stays on track.
On iOS devices, you'll also find emojis cropping us as predictive text options. Type "sounds good" for example and you might see a "thumb up" emoji as a prediction option.
Finally words in your message might appear as orange. This lets you know that you can replace them with an emoji just by touching the word.
If you can't see the emoji keyboard at all, make sure it's turned on. Go to "Settings", then "General", then "Keyboard".
- Tap "Keyboards".
- Tap "Add New Keyboard".
- Tap "Emoji".
Google Android phones & tablets: Emojis
Android, of course, allows you to use third-party keyboards. These are all a little different but the system should be similar to how you find emojis on Gboard, the official Android keyboard.
When Gboard is open, look for the Smiling Face beside the space button. Tap it and, tah-dah! You've got emojis.
They're grouped together in the same style as Apple and you use the grey icons to move between themes.
Gboard will suggest emojis as you type and you'll see a "search emoji" bar above your emoji keyboard. Tap it and you'll go back to an alpha-numeric pad, but as you type it will show a list of emojis relating to your search.
It's all that easy: now get out there and ensure elderly relatives remain clueless about what you're trying to say.
More guides on Finder
How to watch 2020 Bathurst 1000 race live and free
A week of festivities reaches its climax with 25 cars taking on the legendary Mount Panorama circuit in the Bathurst 1000.
Everything you need to know from Apple’s iPhone 12 launch event
Here's what you need to know about the new Apple iPhone 12.
Should I Buy The iPhone 11?
Ahead of the expected reveal of the iPhone 12, now might seem like the time to snaffle up an iPhone 11 bargain, but there's actually a better bargain to be had in low-cost iPhones.
Apple iPad 2020 review
Apple's entry-level iPad has really only had a processor update this year, but it remains the best tablet that you can buy.
How to use Disney+ new GroupWatch feature
There's a new feature on Disney+ and it's going to make watching with friends and family seamless.
How to install Apple iOS 14
Apple's iOS 14 is now available, and we've got your full guide to what you need to know before you install it.
Square Payments & Payroll review Australia
Square offers simple ways for businesses to accept card payments, along with a range of other services including payroll.
Face masks usually break facial recognition: Study
Plus what to do if you use facial recognition on your phone.
The best laptops for 2020
If you're looking to spend premium money, it makes sense to get the best possible laptop in return. Here are the 10 best laptops for a variety of uses ranging from business to gaming.
Ask Finder: How can I keep my credit score going up?
What makes your credit score rise, and what can you do to help?
Ask an Expert