How to Create Emoji in Android

Poor communication can occur when texting because sometimes emotions and tones in written form can be almost impossible to convey correctly. Emojis Solve This Problem: A Fun and Effective Way to Express Perfectly exactly how you feel without using words. They have become a staple of texting, social media, and group chats.

If you’ve ever struggled to find the perfect emoji, you’re not alone. However, there are ways to create your own. Custom emojis are simply better, they are unique like you, and more importantly define your emotions, not a pre-proposed by Google.

Read on to find out how to create custom emoji in Android using proprietary and third-party tools.

Kitchen Emoji

Google introduced Emoji Kitchen in February 2020, a component of Gboard that is currently only accessible through a beta. The company expanded Emoji Kitchen to over 14,000 combinations as of December 2020.

But here’s the deal: you can not create a personalized emoji using this tool, which contradicts the topic under study. Instead, Cooking Emoji expands the selection of every standard emoji. For example, if you tap a smiley face, you’ll see eight variations in a drop-down ribbon, including a happy ghost and a smiling heart.

That said, if you don’t want to be bothered with creating an emoji and just need a broad selection, this is your ticket. However, not all emoji provide multiple variations – at least not yet. You will see a message saying “No suggestions here … try another emoji” when you tap an incompatible emoji. This will likely change as the Kitchen Emoji gets closer to the beta release.

Here are some currently unsupported emojis in Emoji Kitchen:

  • Full moons
  • Some teeth and bones
  • Parts of the body
  • Time

Google confirms that Emoji Kitchen works with these apps:

  • Gmail
  • Google Posts
  • Messenger
  • Snapchat
  • Telegram
  • WhatsApp

The bottom line here is that if the app supports stickers, it probably supports Google’s Emoji Kitchen.

Set Gboard as the default keyboard

The method differs for different Android devices, but we list the two most common.

Android 11

Step 1: Swipe down from the top of the screen to extend the shade, and tap the gear icon to open the settings menu.

2nd step: Scroll down and press System.

Step 3: Tap Language and seizure.

Step 4: Tap On the screen keyboard.

Step 5: Tap Manage onscreen keyboards.

Step 6: Press the button next to Gboard.

Samsung (Android 10)

Step 1: Swipe down from the top of the screen to extend the shade, then tap the gear icon to open the Settings menu.

2nd step: Tap Executive management.

Step 3: Tap Language and input.

Step 4: Tap On the screen keyboard.

Step 5: Tap Default keyboard and select Gboard in the context menu.

How to use Emoji Kitchen

With Gboard set as default, you can now use Google’s Emoji Kitchen. As stated before, it’s still in beta, so you’ll need to register first.

Step 1: Go to the Google Gboard beta page and click on the blue Become a tester button.

Gboard Become Beta Tester

2nd step: Download Gboard from Google Play if it is not already installed.

Step 3: Wait. Google is offering an update that activates Emoji Kitchen, but the wait can take a while. Be patient. You will soon be serving cool personalized emoji.

Step 3: Once updated, open a compatible app and tap the Text input field to activate Gboard. Absolutely do not touch the smiley face displayed in the text field – this provides access to Cooking Emoji.

Step 4: Press the Smiley downstairs parked next to the space bar.

You should now see a space between the text entry field and the emoji library. A message says “tap a smiley face to get stickers”.

Step 5: Press any Emoji and you will see a cascade of custom stickers appear in that empty space. Slide your finger left or right to find your favorite.

Step 6: Press the selection Sticker and it is placed in the text entry field. Add a message or send it as is.

Emoji Mini

Google introduced this feature in late 2018. It uses the camera to capture your face and create almost 100 personalized emojis. To “emojify” your face, do the following:

Step 1: Press the Stickers icon in the Gboard toolbar. If you don’t see it, tap the three-dot icon to access the remaining hidden tools and select it there.

2nd step: Tap Add on the Minis tile.

Step 3: Let the front camera capture your face and the app generates a personalized emoji.

Step 4: Press the Personalize button to make changes.

Step 5: Tap Save when you are done.

Read our full guide for more detailed step-by-step instructions.

Bitmoji

Another tool is Bitmoji, a third-party app that integrates with Gboard. Unlike Emoji Mini, you create an avatar from scratch rather than using the phone’s camera.

To use Bitmoji in Gboard, follow these steps:

Step 1: Press the Stickers icon in the Gboard toolbar. If you don’t see it, tap the three-dot icon to access the remaining hidden tools and select it there.

2nd step: Press the Bitmoji tab basically. It’s between the Smiley and Sticker tabs.

Step 3: Select a Bitmoji to insert in your text.

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