If you want to use the emoji keyboard on the Galaxy S5, Galaxy S4 or Galaxy Note 3 you don’t need to install a new keyboard and give up the nice Samsung keyboard that is included out of the box, you only need to know where to tap to switch over to the emoji keyboard.
Emoji are a more advanced form of the smiley or emoticon that you probably already use in text messages and emails. These small colorful faces and icons allow users to be more expressive than a simple wink with dozens of small icons that cover faces, buildings, activities, symbols and more.
Thanks to recent updates by Google, you can even send emoji from an Android phone to an iPhone and the characters will show up just like you typed them. The emoji may look slightly different, but a shoe will still be a shoe and a wink will still be a wink.
Android 4.4.2 includes a built-in Emoji keyboard and Samsung includes this in the recent Android updates so that it is easy to send from the Galaxy S4, Galaxy S5 and Galaxy Note 3.
How to Use Emoji on Galaxy S5, S4 & Note 3
There is no need to turn on or install an emoji keyboard on any of these Samsung devices, but you will need to know how to find the emoji keyboard. In typical Google fashion the emoji keyboard is not available inside every app and it is not in the same place in every app either.
We’ll show you how to use it in the most common apps and where to look if you don’t see the emoji keyboard option on the Galaxy S5, Galaxy S4 or Galaxy Note 3.
In the short video above you’ll see how to access the emoji keyboard on the Samsung Galaxy S5. This process works the same on the other Galaxy devices running on Android 4.4.2 or Android 4.4 KitKat.
Because the emoji support is built-in you will also be able to see the emoji that other send to you. There is no need to install a special emoji keyboard from Google Play to make this work. This is built-in to the main Samsung Keyboard so that users can enjoy the other Samsung keyboard features like predictive typing, personalized predictions and the ability to trace words.
Here is a step by step guide to switch to the emoji keyboard on the Galaxy Note 3, Galaxy S4 and Galaxy S5.
Tap on any text field that is not restricted to an email address or a phone number. When the main keyboard comes up you need to look for a small microphone icon to the left of the space bar.
Tap and hold on this to open up a layer of options for the Samsung keyboard. This should look the same on the Note 3 and on the Galaxy S5 and Galaxy S4. The second to last icon is a smiley face. Tap on that to open up the Galaxy S5 emoji keyboard.
This will now show you a plethora of emoji character to choose from. Scroll up and down to see more options and tap on the small buttons at the bottom to see additional groups of characters, figures and symbols.
Galaxy S4 Emoji Keyboard Problems
Some users report that they cannot access the Galaxy S4 emoji keyboard using the directions above. After testing I found that it only shows up in certain text fields, but it should work in Facebook and Messaging at the very least. The photo below shows it as an option on the Galaxy S4 in the Facebook app.
You need to press and hold on the microphone icon to get this to work. If it still does not show up, please leave a comment with your carrier and your version of Android and I will try to find out more about what is going on. Go to Settings -> More -> About Device -> Software Version to see what software you are running. This should work on Android 4.4.2.
When you are done and ready to go back to a regular keyboard tap on the ABC on the bottom left. If you switch between the app you are using emoji in and another app it will default back to a regular keyboard. It should also switch back to the regular keyboard after you leave and come back to the same messaging app.
You can always enter the emoji one by one to punch up a message filled with text, but after a while you may find yourself using more advanced emoji by adding line breaks to create small characters. If you are talking with someone that loves using emoji it’s possible to have a long conversation with the emoji only.
These could also be a good way to make sure the recipient knows you are joking around, as sometimes text messages lose the meaning and come off as too serious.
It’s a good idea to limit the use of emoji while talking with co workers or a boss, unless they initiate the emoji usage. Text speak is bad enough at work, but an emoji laden email or text to a superior is even worse.