Inject a Little Life Into Your Text Messages in a Few Easy Steps- for Android

Did you know Android users can access free images like smileys, animals, shapes, and other emotion icons (called “emoji”) to use in texts and emails just by turning on their Emoji dictionary?

Add a little fun to your messages in a few easy steps:

Open the Settings app.

  1. Tap “Language and Input.”
  2. Tap the settings icon next to “Android keyboard.”
  3. Tap “Add-on dictionaries.”
  4. Tap “Emoji for English words.”
  5. Tap “Add New Keyboard.”
  6. Tap “Emoji.”

Now, whenever you’re typing an email or text message, you can use specific keywords to add emoji to your message. For example, typing “happy” or “smile” will add a smiley face emoji. Please note: If your Android device is running an older version of the operating system (Ice Cream Sandwich or earlier), there are several emoji apps available to download for free. Just search for “emoji” in the Google Play Store.

iPhone users, we’ll show you how to do the same thing in next week’s blog.


14 Thoughts on "Inject a Little Life Into Your Text Messages in a Few Easy Steps- for Android"

  1. Sharon Lapsley says

    I am trying to get the emoji function working on my phone but the directions above don’t work. I have a Samsung S4 Galaxy. I go to “Language and Input,” but there is no “Android keyboard” option on my phone. There is a “Samsung keyboard,” but the settings icon there has no “add on dictionaries” as a choice. Can you help me find the emoji function? As you can tell, my phone is way smarter than I am!

    reply to Sharon

    • Ashley at Consumer Cellular says

      Thank you for the question, Sharon. Depending on the version of Android software you have, you may just need to use a free emoji app. It will do the same thing. Thanks!

      reply to Ashley

  2. Chuck Arthurhultz says

    Hi. I very happily stumbled onto an Android app called SwiftKey keyboard

    reply to Chuck

  3. Rip Pearson says

    I just purchased a Huawei Ascend Mate 2 phone. These instructions do not work on this phone either.

    reply to Rip

    • Ashley at Consumer Cellular says

      Thank you for posting, Rip. Newer Android devices often come with the Emoji keyboard already installed on the phone. There are also a variety of Emoji apps you could try as well. If we can assist you in setting this up on yoru Mate 2, just give us a call at 888-345-5509 and we will be happy to help you. We’re glad you took the time to comment, and let us know which emoji’s you like best!

      reply to Ashley

  4. David Long says

    Now if only I could find a way to send and receive multimedia texts messages.

    reply to David

    • Ashley at Consumer Cellular says

      We’re sorry to hear that you’ve been experiencing issues with your text messages, David. I took a look at your account, and I see that Tim, our account advisor, was able to assist you with updating your APN settings to that you can send and receive multimedia messages. If the issue returns, please don’t hesitate to call us at 888-345-5509 so we can get it resolved. Thank you for posting, and we hope you have a wonderful day!

      reply to Ashley

  5. Philip Hughes says

    Asking question for my wife who has Consumer Cellular — Can she text her friend in Japan (she has another service) without extra charges? Thanks!

    reply to Philip

    • Ashley at Consumer Cellular says

      That’s a great question, Phillip. Your wife can absolutely send text messages to her friends overseas, though there is a small charge. Text messages sent to an international phone number will not be deducted from the number of texts on your plan, however, there will be a charge of $0.05 for any international text messages you send. If we can answer any other questions you may have about sending messages or calling international numbers, please give us a call at 888-345-5509 and we will be happy to help. Thank you for posting, and we hope you have a great day!

      reply to Ashley

  6. pam says

    on new flip phones LINK II how do you get to emojis???????????????

    Phones too busy

    reply to pam

    • Hi Pam, thanks for your question. There is not a spot that is designated for emojis in the Consumer Cellular Link II. You can use symbols to create them and to get a specific symbol you will want to press the star/asterisk key on the phone until you get the one that you want.

      reply to Jacob

  7. Bill says

    Are the link 11 flip phones at least 4 G and won’t be phased out with the 3G phones. Thanks

    reply to Bill

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