How to Find and Use the Emoji Keyboard for Galaxy Phones

Samsung phones hide the emojis a little deeper than most

little girl choosing an emoji

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For better or worse, emojis are here to stay. Luckily, it's much easier to find the emoji keyboard for Galaxy phones and use the adorable little animated faces. If you have a newer Galaxy, you should have no problem deploying emojis in a variety of apps. Even if your device is a bit long in the tooth, don't despair: there are plenty of options available if you want more Samsung emojis in your life.

Make Sure Your Phone Has the Ability to View Emojis

For most modern smartphones, this shouldn't be an issue. However, if you aren't sure, use your phone to head to any webpage that uses a lot of emojis.

Head to any search engine on your device and search for "Emoji." You will see plenty of them in the first few results if your phone is able to view them.

If you can see most of the icons on your screen, then your phone can handle it. If you see blank boxes, you'll need to download a separate app or keyboard that supports emojis.

How to Enable the Samsung Emoji Keyboard

If you know your phone can view emojis but you aren't finding a keyboard for them while typing, you have a few options available to you.

On many phones, you may need to enable an emoji keyboard. For some phones, this could be through the iWNN IME keyboard. You could also download the Google Keyboard if your phone is running on Android 4.4 KitKat or higher.

Default Samsung keyboard option on Language and input screen

To change your keyboard, go to Settings > Language and Input > Default. From there, you can select your keyboard. If your standard keyboard doesn't have an emoji option, choose one that does.

How to Use the Samsung Emoji Keyboard

Once you have enabled your device to properly view emojis, you may need to tap a special icon on the keyboard to enable them. It can vary from different devices and apps, but will usually look like either a smiley face icon or the icon for the emoji keyboard you enabled.

Download a Third-Party Keyboard That Can Read Emoji

If you don't have a device that can read emoji and don't have access to any of the above options, you could download a third-party app that can read them. Free keyboards like Swype and SwiftKey are good options for sending and receiving emojis, and they can be downloaded through the Google Play Store, then enabled using the same method as detailed above.

SwiftKey Keyboard on Google Play screen

Use a Third-Party Messaging App

If none of these options work, your last option is through a third-party messaging app that can read emoji. There are plenty out there, with WhatsApp being one of the most common messaging apps in the world. Just be aware you'll only be able to see emojis when sending messages in this app. They'll be blanked out through normal text messaging.

If you're desperate for emojis in your life and none of these steps work for you, you most likely need to get your hands on a new device. Fortunately, there are plenty of Samsung Galaxy phones to choose from.