10 best emoji apps for Android to express yourself

10 best emoji apps for Android to express yourself


Joe Hindy / Android Authority

Emoji is a strange thing on smartphones. Android and iOS both have their own separate sets of emoji installed as part of the operating system. You can see Android is here and the those for iOS here. However, many apps include custom emoji, such as Twitter, WhatsApp, and Facebook. Some apps, like Telegram and Signal, use Apple’s emoji even on each company’s Android version of the app. See? It is all very strange and bewildered. Either way, there are apps on Android that let you play with emoji, use custom ones, and post them to other apps as stickers. Here are the best emoji apps for Android.

The best emoji apps for Android


Big Emoji

Price: Free with in-app purchases

Big Emoji screenshot

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Big Emoji is indicative of what you normally see with dedicated emoji apps. It contains over 5,000 emoji for immediate use in most applications. The app itself is not an emoji keyboard. It sends the emoji as pictures, similar to stickers. It has all the standards and a few customized just for this application. There is also a sticker pack for WhatsApp users as part of the premium version of the app. The app isn’t as convenient as an emoji keyboard, but it’s a good way to increase what you already have access to.

Get it on Google Play


Bitmoji

Price: Release

Most Snapchat users are familiar with Bitmoji. The app creates a series of personalized emoji based on your appearance. These custom emoji are mostly usable in Snapchat, but it’s a good way to express yourself through emoji. Plus, if you use it in Snapchat, it unlocks Friendmoji where you and a friend can make emoji together. This one is free, but you can put your Bitmoji on various merch items and buy it if you want.

Get it on Google Play

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Discord

Price: Free / $ 4.99 to $ 9.99 per month

Discord is one of the most unique places for emoji. You can create your own emoji, then upload them to Discord and use them in place of the standard emoji. There are entire Discord servers dedicated to custom emoji. You simply join them, pay Discord Nitro (monthly subscription), and you can use emoji from any server on any other server whenever you want. It’s a bit of a walled garden since you can’t use them elsewhere. However, as a Discord user, I’ve seen some pretty unique things. Discord is also a great group chat app and can be used for more than just video games.

Get it on Google Play


Emoticon Pack

Price: Release

Emoticon Pack is a simple app, but you can do cool stuff with it. The app has the usual emoji that you can find almost anywhere. This one made the list of the extras it gives you. The best extras are these wacky text-based emoticons that people use all the time. Just tap on it and it will copy it to the clipboard. You then post it wherever you want. The database is quite comprehensive for emoticons, so you should be able to find what you’re looking for.

Get it on Google Play

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Flexible

Price: Free / $ 4.99

Screenshot of Fleksy 2020

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Fleksy is one of the best third-party keyboards on Android. It also has a fairly standard, but solid emoji keyboard, as well as a large number of sticker packs for further customization. Between these features, free themes, and features, Fleksy is a decent choice for emoji lovers. The app even recommends emoji substitutions when typing words. It doesn’t really add too much new stuff unless you count the stickers. However, it will help you launch your emoji game much easier than most. In addition, it works very well.

Get it on Google Play


Gboard

Price: Release

Gboard 2020 screenshot

Gboard is one of the two most popular keyboards on Android, and for good reason. It comes preinstalled on Pixel devices and the functionality is really good. It has an emoji mode like most keyboards and it will even recommend emoji in the autocorrect bar when it sees something you can replace with an emoji. Perhaps the best feature for emoji fans is Gboard’s emoji kitchen function. The app lets you take two emojis and crush them with the power of Google’s AI. This feature effectively extends Gboard’s emoji game far beyond any other keyboard.

Get it on Google Play


Kaomoji

Price: Free / $ 1.99

Kaomoji is an emoticon app and not really an emoji app. However, we thought it would be appropriate for a list like this. It has a large database of emoticons, which you’ve probably seen a lot online. Just find the one you want, copy it to your clipboard, and paste it anywhere you want. Most of them should work in most apps and social networks. The different emoticons are also categorized for easy navigation. The ads in the free version are a bit annoying, but otherwise Kaomoji works great.

Get it on Google Play


Memoji

Price: Release

Memoji screenshot

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Memoji is similar to Bitmoji but without individual customization. It lets you choose a set of emoji that looks a bit like you. Each set has a bunch of moods and conveys a bunch of emotions. They are also quickly transportable to WhatsApp in the form of a sticker pack. It doesn’t have all the eye and hair color combinations, but it does have enough to suit most people. The biggest gripe is that some people cannot find a pack that looks like them which defeats the purpose.

Get it on Google Play


SwiftKey

Price: Release

SwiftKey is here for the same reason Fleksy is. It has an emoji keyboard like most third party keyboards. The app also learns which emoji you like the most and recommends them to you as part of its self-correcting and predictive text. As a keyboard, SwiftKey is one of the big ones. It comes with great predictive text, lots of themes, and a few extras like a row of numbers. As an emoji keyboard, it’s perfectly usable and it’s nice to see big names like Microsoft supporting things like predictive emoji.

Get it on Google Play


Text converter Encoder Decoder

Price: Free / $ 0.99

Text Converter Encoder Decoder is here for the same reason as Kaomoji and Emotion Pack. It gives you access to a bunch of cool emoticon options. This includes the decorative text that you really can’t get in a lot of other places. Moreover, you can type words in the app and it will convert them to alt text which you can use almost anywhere. It’s not quite emoji, but it increases the emoji experience very well. Plus, who doesn’t like having a binary-to-text converter on them all the time?

Get it on Google Play


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