Emoji are a cool and easy way to impress emotions and feelings on your mobile device. Originally from Japan, the emoticons have been spreading around the world in the past few years – you might be familiar with the icons from Skype or Facebook. Unfortunately, the keyboards of iOS and Android devices make using Emojis quite difficult. Luckily, there are ways to easily use them on your iPhone, iPad or any Android device running Android 4.4 or have SwiftKey installed. This article will show you how to enable Emoji keyboards and suggestions on your phone or tablet.

iOS devices like iPhone, iPad or iPod touch

iOS offers several hundred emoji which can be easily access using a specific emoji keyboard. To install it, you have to do the following:

  1. Go to Settings > General > Keyboard
  2. Tap Keyboards
  3. Navigate to Add New Keyboard
  4. Select Emoji

Emoji on iOS

From now on you can select the Emoji keyboard when tapping the globe icon in keyboard. That’s it!

Android devices with the Google Keyboard

The official Google Keyboard supports Emoji since October 2013 on Android 4.4 and higher. If you have a Samsung Galaxy, HTC or Sony Xperia device it might be possible that the stock Google Keyboard is not installed on your device. Luckily, you can install the Keyboard from Google Play or flash a ZIP file on your rooted Android device. To get Emoji suggestions you have to do the following:

  1. Navigate to Settings > Language and input > Google Keyboard settings
  2. Tap Add-on Dictionaries under the text correction subheading
  3. Download and install Emoji for English Words (or your favourite language, if available). It might be possible that you have to refresh the Add-on Dictionaries first.

You’ll now get Emoji suggestions when using the Google Keyboards.

Android devices with SwiftKey

SwiftKey makes it really easy to use Emoji. I especially like the fact that it supports Emoji suggestions when typing in a different language than English. If I, for instance, start to type Fußball (football), the correct icon is suggested. Here’s how to active Emoji using SwiftKey:

1. Open the SwiftKey app
2. Tap Advanced
3. Enable Emoji prediction

Emoji Swiftkey

That’s it. Easy, right? Now enjoy the endless amounts of Emoji icons!

Images courtesy of iCatcher and Apple