7 Emoji Translator Websites and Mobile Apps

Translate emojis to and from plain English to see what they really mean

Emoji
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Emojis help us better express our emotions online and in text messages when words aren't enough. Despite this, the complexity of our thoughts and emotions still go far beyond the limited range of ideograms and smiley faces offered by the keyboard on our mobile devices.

Even when you think you just used the best three or four emojis to accurately convey a specific message, this doesn't guarantee that other people will be able to translate your message so easily. Likewise, trying to decode the message behind emojis used by others can be just as confusing.

In these types of cases, an emoji translator tool can come in handy. Check out the following list of emoji translator websites and mobile apps to help you express yourself and decode your friends' messages a little more easily.

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Decodemoji
Screenshot of Decodemoji.com

Decodemoji is an easy to use, web-based tool that lets you input any combination of emojis you want so that they can be translated into plain English (and vice versa). The tool forms complete sentences too, so you're never left with words and phrases that don't quite make sense. As an example, inputting a face blowing a kiss, a smiling face with horns and a smiling face with open mouth and cold sweat will decode this emoji combination as: "The kissy face commits a sin happily."

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Emoji Translator Meaning
Screenshot of Emoji Translator Meaning for iOS

Apple has made emoji suggestions (emojification) a part of its autocomplete/autocorrect feature in iOS 10, but if you're looking for a specific app that you can use to type out your message and then see it all translated in emojis, Emoji Translator Meaning is a free app you might want to consider installing on your device. Like some of the web-based tools mentioned above, it identifies certain words and replaces them with emojis while leaving unidentifiable words as text. You can also reverse the translation by typing emojis first and have it translated into English.

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  • iPhone/iPad
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Super Emoji Translator
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Super Emoji Translator picks up on certain words in a message and replaces them with one or multiple emojis to help describe them while leaving the parts of the message alone. After clicking the big blue "Let's Get Started" button on the front page, type or paste your message in the given field and click the blue button below it to translate your message.

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Emoji Translate
Screenshot of Meowni.ca

This emoji translation tool was built by web developer Monica Dinculescu. A fun side project hosted on her personal website, the tool simply replaces some words in any message with emojis while leaving the rest of the unidentifiable/irreplaceable words intact. All you have to do is start typing or alternatively copy and paste some text into the give field. Press the big, pink Copy to Clipboard button to copy it so you can paste it anywhere.

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Emojily
Screenshots of Emojily for Android

Emojily is a different type of translator tool that focuses on the differences in emojis between the Android and iOS platform. For Android users who want to text or engage with friends on social media, crafting a message with Android emojis could convey something entirely different to friends who view it on an iOS device with iOS emojis. Emojily helps solve this problem by letting Android users type their message into a simple field so they can see the iOS version that's automatically generated in the field below. This way, Android users get a side-by-side comparison of how their messages and emojis will look on each platform before posting or sending it.

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  • Android
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LingoJam Emoji Translator
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If you have a sentence, a paragraph or even several pages worth of words you'd like to dress up with emojis, LingoJam's Emoji Translator can help you do that with a simple click of your mouse. While the tool doesn't completely replace words with emojis, it identifies corresponding emojis and then inserts them before and/or after the word to give it visual emphasis. Just copy the sentences or paragraphs you want to use, paste it into the text field on the left side of the screen and watch your message instantly come to life on the right with all sorts of different emojis.

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  • Web
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Emojilator
Screenshot of Emojilator.com

If you liked the idea of LingoJam's Emoji Translator but would prefer to have your words directly translated into emojis, you might want to give Emojilator a try. This tool will translate some whole words into emojis while using emoji letters, numbers, and letter-shaped objects (such as the saxophone emoji to represent the letter J) to write out the rest of the words in your message. Type or copy and paste your message into the given field and then tweet it directly to your Twitter account or copy it and paste it wherever you want to share it.

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  • Web
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