Miscommunication can occur when texting because sometimes emotions and tones in written form can be nearly impossible to convey correctly. Emojis solve this problem: a fun and effective way to express yourself perfectly exactly how you feel without using words. They have become a staple of texting, social media, and group chats.
If you’ve ever had trouble finding the perfect emoji, you’re not alone. However, there are ways to create your own. Custom emojis are better, tThey are unique like you and, more importantly, they define you Emotions, not a Google one.
Read on to find out how to create custom emoji on Android using own and third party tools.
Google introduced Emoji Kitchen in February 2020, a component of Gboard that is currently only accessible through a beta version. The company expanded Emoji Kitchen to more than 14,000 combinations in December 2020.
But here’s the deal: you hypocrisy create a custom emoji with this tool, which contradicts the issue at hand. Instead, Emoji Kitchen expands the selection of each standard emoji. For example, if you touch a smiley face, you will see eight variants on a scrolling tape, including a happy ghost and a smiling heart.
That being said, if you don’t want to bother creating an emoji and just need an expanded selection, this is your ticket. However, not all emoji offer multiple variants, at least not yet. You will see a message that says, “no suggestions here… try a different emoji” when you touch an incompatible emoji. That is likely to change as Emoji Kitchen nears beta.
Here are some emojis that are not currently supported by Emoji Kitchen:
- Full moons
- Some teeth and bones
- Body parts
Google confirms that Emoji Kitchen works with these apps:
- Google Messages
- Delivery courier
The bottom line here is that if the app supports stickers, it is likely compatible with Google’s Emoji Kitchen.
Set Gboard as your default keyboard
The method differs on Android devices, but we list the two most common.
Step 1: Swipe down from the top to extend the shadow, and tap the gear icon to open the settings menu.
Step 2: Scroll down and tap System.
Step 3: Faucet Language input.
Step 4: Faucet On-screen keyboard.
Step 5: Faucet Manage on-screen keyboards.
Step 6: Tap the lever next to Gboard.
Samsung (Android 10)
Step 1: Swipe down from the top to extend the shadow, and then tap the gear icon to open the Settings menu.
Step 2: Faucet General Administration.
Step 3: Faucet Language and input.
Step 4: Faucet On-screen keyboard.
Step 5: Faucet Default keyboard and select Gboard from the pop-up menu.
How to use Emoji Kitchen
With Gboard set as the default, you can now use Google’s Emoji Kitchen. As stated above, it is still in beta, so you will need to register first.
Step 1: Head over to Google’s Gboard beta page and click on the blue Become a tester button.
Step 2: Download Gboard from Google Play if it is not already installed.
Step 3: Wait. Google releases an update that enables Emoji Kitchen, but the wait may take some time. Be patient. Soon you will be serving cool custom emoji.
Step 3: Once updated, open a compatible application and tap the Text input field to activate Gboard. Absolutely, do not touch the smiley face displayed within the text field; this does access the Emoji Kitchen.
Step 4: Tap on the smiley face at the bottom parked next to the space bar.
You should now see a space between the text input field and the emoji library. A message says “tap an emoticon to get stickers.”
Step 5: Touch anyone Emoji and you will see a cascade of custom stickers appear within that blank space. Swipe left or right to find your favorite.
Step 6: Touch the selected Sticker and is placed in the text input field. Add a message or send it as is.
Google introduced this feature in late 2018. Use the camera to capture your face and create nearly 100 custom emojis. To “emojize” your face, do the following:
Step 1: Tap on the Stickers on the Gboard toolbar. If you don’t see it, tap on the three-dot icon to access the remaining hidden tools and select it there.
Step 2: Faucet Add in the mosaic Minis.
Step 3: Let the front camera capture your face and the app will generate a custom emoji.
Step 4: Tap on the Personalize button to make changes.
Step 5: Faucet Save when you finish.
Read our full guide for more detailed step-by-step instructions.
Another tool is Bitmoji, a third-party app that integrates with Gboard. Unlike Emoji Mini, you create an avatar from scratch instead of using the phone’s camera.
To use Bitmoji on Gboard, do the following:
Step 1: Tap on the Stickers on the Gboard toolbar. If you don’t see it, tap the three dot icon to access the remaining hidden tools and select it there.
Step 2: Tap on the Bitmoji tab in the background. It’s between the Smiley and Sticker tabs.
Step 3: Select a Bitmoji to insert into your text.