10 Cool Emoji Keyboard Apps to Download

Bring your texts and social updates to life with these emoji apps

Emoji have taken the Internet by storm. They pump some real personality and emotional expression into your text messages, tweets, and status updates, and people just can't seem to get enough of them.

But using a basic emoji keyboard on your mobile device barely scratches the surface of what you can do with them. Check out the following list of apps to see what else you can do with emoji, including where to find new emoji images and how to insert them into messages faster.

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If you love to use a wide variety of emoji quite often, that "Recently Used" tab might not be enough. Emoji++ is an iOS 8 keyboard for emoji power users, allowing you to see lists rather than tabs and use the speed search function to quickly find any emoji. You can even build your own collection of favorites for faster access. More »

If you can't stand swiping through those tabs to find the perfect emoji to use, you could try Emojimo -- the only keyboard out there that lets you set words to be transformed to emoji instantly when you type them. The app lets you type a word or phrase along with the emoji translation you want. It's another fast, easy and fun way to use emoji. More »

Tired of the same old emoji images? You may want to try Hipmoji, an app that gives you a whole bunch of great new emoji to use based on current trends in pop culture. Want a Starbucks emoji? Hipmoji has it! Use the keyboard to send them via iMessage, or use the photo editor to drag and drop fun emoji on your photos to share on social media. More »

If you thought Emojimo was cool, you'll probably like Emoji Type too. Instead of automatically turning your words into emoji, Emoji Type just lists a few suggested emoji to use as it recognizes words you type. For example, if you type the word "food," the app will automatically display emoji like pizza, burger or fries – saving you time from finding them yourself. More »

Emojiyo is similar to Emoji++ in that it gives you a faster way to search through emoji and save your favorite combinations. You can pick a colored theme for your keyboard and rearrange emoji as you like on a single scrollable keyboard. Use it for iMessage, Snapchat, Instagram, Kik, WhatsApp, Twitter, Facebook and others. More »

If you're simply looking for emoji variety, the Emoji Keyboard 2 app delivers. Use the Art tab to create amazing pictures entirely out of emoji, or check out the Pic tab to see different types of emoji you can use in addition to the standard ones. You can also shift between Static and Animated emoji for even more fun selections to choose from. More »

This is a fun keyboard that takes emoji to the next level. With it, you can create large sticker-like images from photos or web downloads, then use the keyboard to insert them directly into your text messages or social updates. You can even use a photo of yourself to turn into a big emoji sticker. The app also has a news feed where you can get new emoji on a weekly basis. More »

Yup, even IKEA is getting in on the emoji trend with its very own keyboard app. You get a whole bunch of IKEA-themed emoji images like lamps, ice cream, and even Swedish meatballs to use in your messages. Keep in mind that while it is a keyboard, you still have to copy and paste each emoji as an image in your texts and doesn't currently work on all social apps. More »

Coming to you from the same jokesters who run the Seinfeld Current Day parody account on Twitter is a very simple app featuring images related to the popular 90s sitcom Seinfeld. The app doesn't function exactly like a keyboard, but you can still use it to type Seinfeld-themed emoji and share them as images via text, Instagram, Twiter, Facebook and email. More »

Last but not least, this isn't exactly a keyboard app, but it is a really cool app that lets you interact using emoji. It's actually a virtual private diary that lets you check in daily on how you're feeling by describing it in emoji. The app will ask you questions, to which you can reply via emoji or text. As you keep using it, you should be able to see patterns in your emotions and feelings –just like a regular diary!  More »

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