How to Get iPhone Emojis for Your Android

HTC or Android users, quickly update your old emojis

Illustration of someone texting with an emoji keyboard

Lifewire / Marina Li 

If you love your Android but want emojis that look like the ones on your friend's iPhone, find an emoji app. There are cool iOS style emojis for Android that are easy to set up; no rooting required. All you do is install an app and you're on your way with your fancy new emojis in no time. Here's how to get iPhone-like emojis for Android so you can join the emoji fun.

If you still want the exact fonts from iOS, you can get them, but you need to root your device. The iOS fonts are available through the root app Magisk.

How to Install an iPhone Emoji Keyboard on Android

To get Apple emojis, download an app that installs an iPhone emoji keyboard on Android. You have three options:

  • Choose an emoji app: A good choice if you feel comfortable installing apps on an Android.
  • Try a popular emoji app: A good choice if you want to try one app and see how it works.
  • Use a new keyboard app with different emojis: Some keyboards, such as FancyKey, support downloading and using different emoji sets.

Choose an Emoji App

Look around the Play Store to see if anything stands out to you. None of these apps are identical to Apple's, but they can be really close. Maybe there's a style you prefer. Have a look around. There's no shortage of options.

  1. Visit the Google Play store and search for apple emoji keyboard or apple emoji font.

  2. The search results will include emoji keyboard and font apps such as Kika Emoji Keyboard, Facemoji, Emoji Keyboard Cute Emoticons, and Emoji Fonts for Flipfont 10.

    Popular Android emoji apps
  3. Pick the emoji app you want to use, download it, and install it.

  4. To use a keyboard app, go to Settings > System > Languages & input > Virtual keyboard > Manage keyboards. Then, select the emoji keyboard.

    Languages & input, Virtual keyboard, Change keyboard on Android
  5. To use a font app, go to Settings > Display > Font style. In the list of available fonts, select the font with the emojis.

Try a Popular Emoji App

The Emoji Fonts for Flipfont 10 app changes the phone font to add in the Apple style emojis. This only works on devices that are able to change the fonts. If you're able to change the font, this is a convenient way to get the iPhone-style emojis.

  1. Visit the Google Play store and search for the Emoji Fonts for Flipfont 10 app.

    Install emoji fonts for FlipFont on Android
  2. Download and install the app.

  3. Go to Settings, then tap Display. Or, open the Emoji Fonts for Flipfont 10 app, test the fonts, then select Apply to open Settings.

    Test emoji font on Android

    On HTC devices, go to Settings > Display and gestures.

  4. Choose Font style. Choose a font, then make it the default.

  5. Choose Emoji Font 10.

  6. You're done! Now you can use Apple style emojis on your Android device.

Use a New Keyboard App

Some keyboards, like FancyKey, let you change emojis. FancyKey is a popular keyboard that includes customization options and vibrant skins. FancyKey downloads and uses Twitter emojis, which are fairly similar to the Apple ones. If nothing else has worked for you, FancyKey will, no root or custom settings required.

  1. Open the Play Store, and search for FancyKey.

  2. Install FancyKey on your device.

  3. Open the Settings app.

  4. Tap System, then choose Language & Input > Virtual Keyboard.

    System, Languages & input, Virtual Keyboard
  5. Select Manage keyboards.

  6. Turn on the FancyKey toggle switch.

    Manage keyboards, FancyKey toggle ON and OFF
  7. When you open an app that displays the keyboard, tap the keyboard icon. It's usually found in the lower-right corner of the keyboard.

  8. In the Change keyboard screen, tap FancyKey.

    Keyboard icon, FancyKey checkbox on Android
  9. Go to the home screen, and open the FancyKey app.

  10. In the settings for the FancyKey keyboard, select Preferences.

  11. In the Display section, tap Emoji Styles.

  12. In the list of emoji styles, select the one you like. The Twitter emojis are fairly close in appearance to the Apple ones. Press OK to save the new emojis.

    Preferences, Emoji Styles, Twitter checkbox in FancyKey for Android
  13. When you use FancyKey, you'll have access to the new emojis that you just set.

You may notice the system font looks slightly different than it did before, but that won't hurt your phone. You should be able to use iOS emojis for Android without a problem.