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How to Use Emoji on the Galaxy S5, Galaxy Note 3 & Galaxy S4



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.

Read: 50 Galaxy S5 Tips & Tricks

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.

Here's how to use the Emoji Galaxy S5 keyboard, which also lets you use Emoji on the Note 3 or Galaxy S4.

Here’s how to use the Emoji Galaxy S5 keyboard, which also lets you use Emoji on the Note 3 or Galaxy S4.

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 on the Microphone icon and then on the Smilie face.

Tap on the Microphone icon and then on the Smiley face.

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.

From there tap on any icon to add it to a message. Tap on the small icons at the very bottom to see different groups of emoji.

From there tap on any icon to add it to a message. Tap on the small icons at the very bottom to see different groups of emoji.

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.

The Galaxy S4 Emoji keyboard should be easy to access, but it is not working for everyone.

The Galaxy S4 Emoji keyboard should be easy to access, but it is not working for everyone.

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.

Use more advanced emoji on the Galaxy S5, Galaxy S4 or Galaxy Note 3.

Use more advanced emoji on the Galaxy S5, Galaxy S4 or Galaxy Note 3.

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.



  1. Rhonda Klimt

    05/08/2014 at 1:35 pm

    Thank you, thank you, thank you. I just got my Note 3 on Monday and was going nuts trying to get the emoticons. I hate the idea of bogging down my phone with a bunch of downloaded add-ons. There seemed to be nothing simple like the emoticon keyboard I had on my iPhone 5. It turned out the emoticons were there all along. Thank you for showing how to access them. Any idea how to permanently disable that God awful “My Magazine” thing??? I go in and disable it but it comes back every time.

    • Emmy

      07/30/2014 at 7:49 pm

      It did work :(

      • Georgia

        04/11/2015 at 9:39 pm

        I can find the emotions and put them into my text messages but people with iPhones and other devices cannot see them. They get nothing I was so happy to find those I really don’t like the little green Martian but if no one can see them any suggestions

        • marty

          08/04/2015 at 11:36 am

          Im the same thing. I can find emojis, but when I send them the recipient does not see them.

    • v

      03/29/2015 at 8:03 am

      Worked I love my emoji

  2. Earl Hunt

    05/09/2014 at 9:47 am

    The smiley face does NOT appear on my S4 when going from the microphone icon. Bad info.

    • Amanda A

      05/20/2014 at 5:20 pm

      You have to choose Samsung keyboard as your input method, not Swype, and then hold down the microphone icon. It will show up there.

    • Ivan

      06/20/2014 at 9:21 am

      worked fine for me…

    • Donna

      06/23/2014 at 7:15 pm

      It took me awhile to figure it out, but I did. Keep trying!

  3. hhdd

    05/09/2014 at 11:11 am

    This doesn’t show up on mine either, and my phone is most definitely updated.

  4. STeague

    05/09/2014 at 11:38 am

    Earl Hunt…you have to hold down the microphone icon, don’t use tap or press it….it took me a while as well to figure that out!. Good luck :)

  5. Angel Kutil

    05/11/2014 at 5:51 pm

    Thank you!!!!! This is awesome!!!!!

    • Deb

      05/15/2014 at 1:10 am

      I do not have the smiley face icon even when I hold the button down????

  6. Amanda

    05/16/2014 at 3:45 pm

    Also lacking the smiley icon. I am updated to 4.4.2 and can find the rest of the “menu” but not the emoji portion. Any idea?

    • lea

      05/16/2014 at 6:01 pm

      I only see when composing texts. How to use emoji when in instagram or fb?

    • zak

      05/16/2014 at 8:16 pm

      The newest update isn’t an android update just a software one from Samsung. You might have 4.4.2 and still not be updated

      • Nadine

        05/16/2014 at 11:00 pm

        Yes, the the smiley option is definitely nowhere to be found on my s4 either. It says I have the latest update.. I’m not sure how these updates work, but I hope we get access to emojis soon- it’s kind of pathetic how much I want them!

        • Beth

          07/09/2015 at 12:57 am

          I have a Samsung S4 and couldn’t find the emojis for the longest time, but I kept trying. Finally, I opened a text message, typed a few characters, then held down the microphone. MAGIC, there they were!!! I am SO HAPPY I don’t have to send one more text using that ugly green Martian!!!

      • K

        06/25/2014 at 8:38 pm

        I have 4.4.2, how do I get the other update you speak of?

        • BKRPDX

          04/19/2015 at 5:00 pm

          I could not find any either. Then I went into Settings and turned off Swipe and made sure I was on the Samsung keyboard. Success!

    • Doris

      05/21/2014 at 1:05 pm

      This works perfect,I am so thrilled.Love my faces. Thank you Amanda

      • lea

        05/21/2014 at 4:08 pm

        THANK YOU!!!! its on the mic it worked

    • wilna

      04/08/2015 at 12:48 pm

      Im on the most updated version of my s4, turned on samsung keyboard, didnt have any microphone sign.. but have an emoji icon however when i want to put emoji in my text message it becomes mms. Why is that so, please advise..

  7. Eddie

    05/19/2014 at 12:28 pm

    Why hold the mic button when you can just click on the smiley face icon under the paper clip icon on the left side, you can even see it in the screenshots

    • Girlfriday

      10/12/2015 at 7:41 am

      That is for SMS only. That smiley face doesn’t appear everywhere. Look at the other screenshots.

    • BRANDI

      11/23/2015 at 9:58 am

      I see the smiley face below the paper clip, but when I click it, nothing happens. It used to display my emojis, but it doesn’t anymore. Can you help ?

  8. Amanda

    05/20/2014 at 7:44 pm

    I had a software update the other day. Still nothing.

  9. katlynn

    05/21/2014 at 7:32 am

    On my s4 it always converts it to a pic message is there anyway to change that

    • Tina

      05/23/2014 at 10:44 am

      same problem :/

  10. Jeremy Barnes

    05/23/2014 at 7:18 am

    Does the emoticons come up on swype keyboard? I see on the regular google keyboard

  11. Tina

    05/23/2014 at 10:42 am

    Help pls!!! I have tried this method but it keeps telling me ‘converting to mms’. i would like to be able to use the emojis in a normal sms

  12. katrina

    05/25/2014 at 8:24 am

    I have a Galaxy S4 which ALWAYS converts to MMS. I have had a play on the S5 and it doesn’t convert it on that, whilst using the exact same method.

  13. stephanie

    06/03/2014 at 7:29 pm

    When someone texting me I don’t see the emjoi on my phone and I have the s5 it shows up like this :”^) and not like 😀 how can I get it to show up

  14. Celine Ilia Azur Pinault

    06/04/2014 at 7:44 am

    When i press and hold the microphone button the only icons that pop up, are the mic, the swipe, the clipboard, the picture, setting, and to witch to a floating key board. I just got the s4 phone four days ago and it is updated. I can’t find it, I am following all the steps in the video. I really dont wanna use any other texting method besides messaging, and the other key boards suck. HELP ME OUT HERE! (:

  15. Tyson Heggie

    06/09/2014 at 3:44 pm

    I can’t find it ether. I also don’t have a microphone only a gear. I have the 4.4.2 on my phone and really want it. Help please

  16. Tyson Heggie

    06/09/2014 at 3:47 pm

    I can’t find it ether. I also don’t have a microphone only a gear. I have the 4.4.2 on my phone and really want it. My carrier is Bell. Help please

  17. kurtis malicm

    06/09/2014 at 11:53 pm

    Same issue, no smiley face is any setting also not avail be for download in the list of dictionaries. Please help I’m trying not to download a new keyboard and still have the emojis

  18. Brittney Jaime

    06/12/2014 at 7:38 am

    Yay… Thanks so much! Happy day for emojis on Android!! As stated above, make sure your input method is Samsung Keyboard.

  19. Marina

    06/13/2014 at 11:12 am

    Doesnt work for me either, Rogers, 4.4.2

  20. Elsie

    06/15/2014 at 1:15 am

    Does’ t work, S4 4.42

  21. Stephanie

    06/16/2014 at 1:37 am

    Worked like a charm!!! Thank you!! Sprint network.

  22. Joy

    06/16/2014 at 5:56 am

    I found the smileys option but the problem is that I cannot send it! How can that be?

  23. Emily

    06/17/2014 at 4:27 am

    Hi there, I love emoji’s & am so happy to have them since I made the switch from iphone almost 12 months ago. I am curious if u can add emoji’s to a contacts name (not phone number) in contacts on S4? I have been fiddling for a while & cant seem to figure out if it can be done?

  24. itzel

    06/17/2014 at 8:06 pm

    Hi! I have the s4 4.2.2 and i can not see the emojis. I already tried the steps you said. Please help me

  25. Reilley Blue

    06/20/2014 at 9:29 am

    Is it possible to make the emoji key permanent where the microphone key is? Rather than continuously holding it down and switching to emojis when they are wanted?

  26. Lee

    06/22/2014 at 9:24 pm

    I can see the emjois, but I have no mirophone, and when I try sending it, it converts to MMS. How can I stop this?

  27. Bobbi

    06/22/2014 at 9:32 pm

    I have the Samsung galaxy s4 with rogers and it isnt working

  28. Lettie

    06/25/2014 at 8:44 pm

    Doesn’t work on s4 version 4.4.2 at&t.

  29. Margaret

    06/25/2014 at 10:02 pm

    A few steps should be added to the beginning of this post.
    First, go to your general settings for your phone. Then select my device at the top and scroll down until you see the input and control section. Under input and control you will find “Language and input” click that and you will find a section that says keyboards and input methods. Make sure that neither Swype nor google voice typing are checked. This makes the samsung keyboard your default keyboard. Now you can continue with the directions from this tutorial.
    Hopefully this helps!

  30. Alex

    06/27/2014 at 5:15 am

    Doesn’t work on my S4 after applying these steps.
    My carrier is Rogers and I am running android version 4.4.2.
    Great video though!

  31. Ashley

    06/27/2014 at 6:05 am

    It doesn’t work on my s4 either. Kind of frustrating I guess. It’s 4.4.2 and telus.

  32. Ann

    06/27/2014 at 11:51 am

    Im having a problem with the S4 as well.
    Carrier is ROGERS and the version I have os 4.4.2 :/ kind of frustrating

  33. Devin

    06/27/2014 at 9:08 pm

    This did not work on my galaxy s4 mini

  34. terry

    06/28/2014 at 7:15 am

    do`nt work on galaxy s4 4.4.2 telus help :/

  35. Korin

    06/28/2014 at 9:20 am

    My emojis still do not show up.
    Carrier: Rogers
    I gave the Samsung galaxy s4 and I have the software 4.4.2

  36. bryan

    06/30/2014 at 10:47 pm

    Doesn’t work either. I have an S4 (SGH-i337m) with android 4.4.2 and the carrier is Claro Puerto Rico.

  37. Brooke

    07/01/2014 at 9:33 pm

    This does not work on my S4 it’s 4.4.2 and is Telus. I have been over every step a million times and it’s not there.

  38. Melissa

    07/02/2014 at 11:54 am

    Same… my phone is updated and using the Samsung keyboard and still can not use the emoji’s.

  39. kate

    07/03/2014 at 7:36 pm

    Samsung galaxy s4 from telus. Says im using 4.4.2 but I don’t seem to be able to get emojis anywhere. Help please!

  40. Ian Knight

    07/05/2014 at 11:24 am

    Same problem as everyone else, running s4 from Bell, updated to 4.4.2, but no smiley icon when you press and hold the microphone button. Everything else is there. Have tried multiple other settings, all without success. Any ideas??????

  41. delaney

    07/05/2014 at 7:26 pm

    i have at&t w the galaxy s4 and its not working for me :-(

  42. Kayla Brianne

    07/06/2014 at 1:35 pm

    Hi…. I have a s4 zoom 4.2.2 at&t and its not working.

  43. lee

    07/07/2014 at 9:25 pm

    I don’t even have the microphone icon

  44. paula

    07/08/2014 at 10:09 am

    I have an SD with 4.4.2 and when I select an emoji it replaces with a different one????

  45. Kevin

    07/09/2014 at 8:43 am

    I have all the recent updates and samsung keyboard is default but when I hold the microphone a little tool bar comes up but the emoji isnt there. I have a Samsung galaxy s4 and am with mts

  46. Luvmygalaxy

    07/15/2014 at 4:33 pm

    This worked great! I have a Samsung Galaxy S4 for T-Mobile and I had outdated software (which I did not know). I downloaded an update package with is under Settings>More>about device>Software update. This will update your phone software to the most current version. Before doing this, the instructions on accessing the emojis did not work for me. After the update I can! :) #Happy

  47. jackie

    07/15/2014 at 11:41 pm

    Tengo el mismo problema he probado mil cosas por favor ayudenme. Creí que con esta actualización quedaría pero no. ; (

    • Daniel Garrido

      07/23/2014 at 8:46 pm

      Tengo el S4 de Nextel y me pasa lo mismo tenia un S4 Active y si tenia los imoticones pero en este no

  48. chris

    07/19/2014 at 7:16 am

    Same here. Tried everything and its updated as well. My carrier is Virgin Wireless

  49. Jen

    07/19/2014 at 8:00 am

    Worked for me!! I have a S4

  50. carole bellefleur

    07/21/2014 at 4:54 pm

    My carrier is BELL, I have the Samsung Galaxy S4 and the 4.4.2 update and it is not working, I don’t have that option.

  51. Vlad Delone

    07/21/2014 at 8:16 pm

    Hi my carrier is FIDO and i have the latest update on my s4. However, i’m not able to see the smiley icon but i see the other ones.

  52. Debbie Catalano

    07/22/2014 at 10:30 am

    Thank you so much! I’ve had my Galaxy S4 since November 2013 and had NO idea this was there!

  53. Jessica

    07/23/2014 at 12:10 am

    How do I stop it from changing to a MMS everytime I use a emoji while texting? I have a samsung note 3

  54. Brittany

    07/23/2014 at 10:43 am

    I thought it didn’t work for my S4 at first, but then I realized I needed to change the keyboard from the Swype keyboard to the default Samsung keyboard. Now it works! Thanks for the info. 😃

  55. Bailey J

    07/23/2014 at 1:03 pm

    I updated my phone and it worked with the emojis but it converts to mom’s message. How do I keep it to sms? Please help, I don’t like this!

    Before I learned about this I had downloaded the hand cent sms emojis and it always worked well.

  56. colin

    07/23/2014 at 7:53 pm

    I have the Samsung galaxy s4 with fido there no emoji icon at all in messaging or Facebook or email at all

  57. cass

    07/25/2014 at 9:04 pm

    I have the galaxy s4 and it is updated to 4.4.2 and I am with Rogers but the smiley icon is nowhere to be found I even removed swype and the google voice typing to make the samsung keyboard my default keyboard but still… nothing

  58. Tracy

    07/27/2014 at 5:20 pm

    Does not work on my Galaxy S4. I have no smiley option to select, its missing. I rang Samsung and found out that this model numer 19507 seems to be lacking.
    I’m not happy as the display model in my local phone shop had them so thats what I thought I was getting.

  59. N

    07/29/2014 at 7:45 am

    I don’t have the microphone option or smileys in the gears.
    It’s updated to 4.4.2
    Carrier koodo

  60. natalia

    07/29/2014 at 10:19 pm

    Hola yo no tengo ningun emjoi y mi celular tiene la versión 4.4.2 no se a capasa ta tengo muchos días y nada de nada ya investigue cheque ta le di en el icono del teclado y tampoco no me sale la carta de emjoi

  61. natylinda15

    07/30/2014 at 9:20 am

    i already put the microphone icon and it dosent appear and the version is 4.4.2 i need help with this.

  62. ..

    07/30/2014 at 1:34 pm

    My s4 iso updated to 4.4.2 but I still don’t have the smiley faces and I don’t have the microphone

  63. Harrison

    07/30/2014 at 11:43 pm

    I’m with Rogers and I can’t use the emojis, it doesnt even show up for Facebook. I’m using a Galaxy S4 and I have the 4.4.2 update. I hold the microphone and it shows everything except the emoji button.

  64. andrea

    08/03/2014 at 12:24 am

    It only works when I’m texting not on instagram or kik

  65. Alex

    08/06/2014 at 6:32 pm

    Hi everyone who is having this problem – do not worry, you are NOT crazy. I called Samsung support and they informed me that when the new 4.4.2 update was made that many devices encountered a glitch removing the emoticons/emojis. I spent a whole hour on my S4 after watching a friend with an S4 mini effortlessly text me emojis before calling Samsung. They said a new update is in the works that should fix this issue for those of us unlucky enough to have them missing. Hope this helps!

  66. Jiya

    08/08/2014 at 7:46 pm

    It’s not working for me.. when I press and hold on the microphone, these are the only things that come up: the settings, camera, option for normal and floating,writing keyboard, and yeah, I think that’s it.. My carrier is Fido. Version 4.4.2 . Please help. I really Want to be able to use emojis. Thanks so Much in advance for Your help!!

  67. demara

    08/10/2014 at 9:27 pm

    How long until we can use the emojis. Have done all the steps and made sure I was up to date and they are still not anywhere on my phone. Makes me very sad

  68. Izahbel

    08/15/2014 at 10:51 am

    I’m with Bell, I have the 4.4.2 update & a Galaxy S4. When I hold the microphone button it doesn’t show up. I can see Emoji’s fine, even copy and paste them! But they aren’t there on my phone? :S

  69. Kayla

    08/17/2014 at 2:04 pm

    After doing a software update, the instructions from the video worked prefect. The only problem I’m having is when using them in a text, if converts it to a mms message instead of sms… Does anyone know how to fix this? ?? Plead help! !!

  70. Nicole

    08/17/2014 at 2:41 pm

    Spot on! Where would we be without people like you on the Internet. Thanks 😙

  71. william

    08/22/2014 at 1:18 pm

    I used to ba able to make the emoji the default and not the stupid voice to text..can that still be done

  72. Who knows

    08/23/2014 at 2:09 am

    How can I get the smileys in a contacts name?
    I know I can copy it in, but is there not a other way

  73. Grant Turner

    08/28/2014 at 3:19 pm

    My device is a galaxy s4 runing 4.4.2 and my carrier is Telus. Ive tried the holding the microphone button and looking through the settings but I havent had any luck

  74. Grant Turner

    08/28/2014 at 3:21 pm

    My device is a galaxy s4 runing 4.4.2 and my carrier is Telus. Ive tried the holding the microphone button and looking through
    (I forgot to turn on the notify for follow up comments)

  75. Melissa

    09/01/2014 at 8:37 am

    My phone is a Samsung Galaxy s4 4.2.2 version and it does not give me an option to use emojis the only way i can acess emojis is by downloading a new keyboard. I do not want to use when i know there is a much easier way to do it.

  76. Wanda

    09/02/2014 at 9:37 pm

    I was having the same problem with my S4 but after reading Amanda A’s message from May 20th I am happily using emojis. 😎
    Open settings, my device, language&input, default, change default setting to Samsung keyboard. … Then and only then go back to your keyboard and press and hold the settings symbol on the keyboard and you to will have them. 😃😃

  77. Helen Harris

    09/04/2014 at 11:24 am

    I get all the symbols on the microphone button except the smiley face. My software is Android 4.4.2 and I can’t figure out why its not there.

  78. Marcus

    09/05/2014 at 4:35 pm

    My keyboard doesn’t have the small microphone It has the settings icon and even if I hold it the emojis don’t pop up my galaxy s4 is up to date at version 4.4.2 and my carrier is bell. I have no idea what’s wrong.

  79. sara

    09/06/2014 at 7:54 pm

    I have Samsung galaxy s4 and it’s android version is 4.4.2 kit kat but there’s no emoji :|

  80. allison

    09/08/2014 at 11:50 am

    I have had my s4 just returned from repairs and they had to update so I know it has the latest update available. And I can still not access emoji never have been able to since I have had phone

  81. ash

    09/08/2014 at 11:59 am

    Rogers 4.4.2 still no smiley faces :/

  82. kailee

    09/10/2014 at 12:35 pm

    Can someone please tell me why whenever I send an emoji it makes it a mms not an sms. Someone please help! 😐

  83. Raven Wallace

    09/10/2014 at 7:50 pm

    Hi! I can’t get emoji’s to pop up. When I select the microphone button, where emojis should be (between settings and keyboard button) it isn’t there. I can recieve and view emojis, i can copy and paste a text message using emojis and send that without a problem, but I can’t find them as an option on my keyboard to click and select emojis. My carrier is PC Mobile, and I have version 4.4.2

  84. Kayla

    09/19/2014 at 7:52 pm

    Hi I have galaxy s4, updated, but I cant switch my keyboard to Samsung. Hubby has same phone he get emoj:(

  85. ashlyn

    09/23/2014 at 12:48 pm

    I have the latest version on my s4 and its on samsung keyboard but i dont have any smiley face when i hold down my settings/mic button. Its frustrating.

  86. Karla

    09/23/2014 at 6:04 pm

    I’m having the same problem. I bought the Galaxy S4 today and it doesn’t have the emoji icon at all, there’s no happy face option there. I’m running 4.4.2 with Virgin.

  87. Antoine

    09/24/2014 at 11:14 am

    Same thing here.. S4 SHG-i337M running 4.4.2 with Telus :( Funny thing.., I had an S4 mini a week ago and the smley icon was showing up just fine.

  88. nil

    09/26/2014 at 9:46 am

    “Because the emoji support is built-in you will also be able to see the emoji that other send to you. ” No I can’t.

  89. meag

    10/15/2014 at 8:41 am

    I can see emoji people send but I can’t send them. Android 4.4.2 s4 virgin mobile(bell)

  90. Angelina

    10/16/2014 at 1:41 pm

    still not working for me I have the Samsung s4 version 4.4.2 and im with Rogers

  91. marissa

    10/21/2014 at 9:39 pm

    Does work with my galaxy s4 with Telus in Canada. It worked on my S3 but not my s4 and it’s all up to date.

  92. r

    10/23/2014 at 11:46 am

    I have the Samsung Galaxy S4 model SGH 1337M updated to 4.4.2. Carrier is Rogers. I tried all the suggestions and NO smiley face appears after long pressing the mic key. Called up Samsung and the only response was ” sorry we’ve had no inquiries about this, the s4 doesn’t come with emojiis and neither does the s5″. I am beyond frustrated.

  93. Tara Josem

    10/27/2014 at 3:55 pm

    I’m using the Samsung Galaxy S4 mini and this isn’t working. Maybe this feature isn’t available on the miniature version. Is there anyone who has a Galaxy S4 mini who’s successfully figured out how to do this?

    • r

      10/27/2014 at 4:46 pm


  94. luis

    10/27/2014 at 11:02 pm

    hi it didn’t work for me i have a GALAXY S4 with ANDROD 4.4.2, what should i do?

  95. cris

    10/28/2014 at 1:42 am

    Samsung will not be updating the emojis on their keyboard. This is an issue with the messaging App. Using emojis with the stock messaging app causes SMS to MMS conversions. So this was removed at the request of carriers.

    • r

      10/28/2014 at 7:26 am

      Finally a straightforward answer. Thanks cris. The Samsung rep however misled me as he said samsung was working with Google to rectify this problem.

  96. Nathan

    10/30/2014 at 9:24 am

    I have a galaxy s5 with 4.4.2 and my emojis work, but when I edit contacts I want to put an emoji by someone’s name in a contact, it won’t work. Any info or tips will help.

  97. sheri

    11/01/2014 at 2:56 pm

    My emoji sends fine from galaxy 5 and people see them
    When my daughter sends them from her galaxy 4 all I see are ? ? ? Marks

    • Renee

      11/20/2014 at 8:44 am

      The same thing is happening to me! I did the update and emojis were installed on my phone and working fine. Then like 2 weeks later I got another update and now my emojis are only sending as ???

  98. Katie

    11/02/2014 at 8:38 pm

    OK, so i tried to do what you’re post suggested for the s4, but it didn’t work. Then i was just messing around with my keyboard settings and it finally worked but not the way it was suggested above. What i had to do was change the Samsung keyboard settings to the 3×4 then switch it back to qwerty keyboard, and then it finally worked! I hope this helps others with the s4 experiencing this issue. My only complaint is that i don’t like how the swype doesn’t work as well as far as knowing to capitalize an i or the different options for word choices.

    • r

      11/03/2014 at 6:50 am

      Hey katie, thanks for posting. Your solution didnt work for me. I have the s4, carrier rogers , and model sgh 1337m updated to 4.4.2. When you said you switched to 3×4 and then back to samsung keyboard, did you do anything in between? I was so hoping this would work for me. Are you updated to 4.4.2?

  99. maaike

    11/04/2014 at 12:10 pm

    I know I got a s4 mini, but I have android 4.2.2 but it doesn’t work. A friend of mine also has the s4 mini but it does work for her. Can someone explain this?

  100. r

    11/04/2014 at 12:58 pm


  101. Ashlee

    11/05/2014 at 8:09 pm

    I just got a Samsung Galaxy s3 and I’ve heard people saying the emojis are already installed, but mine are definitely not for my samsung keyboard :( I just checked my software version and its only Android 4.3 and says it is up to date :( whyyy lol

  102. Vanessa

    11/09/2014 at 1:32 pm

    I have the Samsung Galaxy S4 with Android 4.4.2 and this tutorial didn’t work for me.

    I started messing around with my phone and finally got the emojis to work. Yay! This is what I did:
    Settings. My device. Language and input. Settings icon next to Samsung keyboard. Input language (English). Qwerty keyboard. Update keyboard.
    After the update, my keyboard looked like the one in the tutorial and the emojis worked 😄

    • r

      11/09/2014 at 4:45 pm

      Hey Vanessa, thanks for posting. How did you update your keyboard?

  103. doe

    11/10/2014 at 4:18 pm

    I have the Galaxy S4 and I know how to send the emojis, but when someone receives them they only receive question marks, not the actual emojis themselves… Help!

  104. Kristine

    11/10/2014 at 5:30 pm


    my phone doesn’t have the option to select emoji…when i click on the mic button it is missing the emoji button.


    Device- S4
    Carrier- was with Fido but now unlocked
    Android- 4.4.2

  105. Frustrated emoji.

    11/13/2014 at 10:35 am

    Tried all the combination, googled it to the bottom of the internet but this samsung stock keyboard does not have emoji.

    Carrier: Rogers, Samsung Galaxy S4 and Kitkat 4.4.2.

    Samsung, Rogers, Google everyone sucks.

    Why use third party app?

    • r

      11/13/2014 at 11:20 am

      I agree totally. I have the same phone, carrier, and update as you.

  106. Dorin

    11/16/2014 at 8:29 am

    Samsung Galaxy S4 – Rogers; I contacted the Samsung tech support but they keep saying that the new update might have removed it from my keyboard…which makes no sense because my dad has the newest update on the S5 and he has his emojis.

    • r

      11/16/2014 at 9:36 am

      Im assuming you are updated to 4.4.2? Is your model SGH 1337M by any chance? Now I’m being tol

  107. r

    11/16/2014 at 8:46 am

  108. samantha

    11/17/2014 at 9:17 am

    My galaxy s4 doesn’t have a microphone button….

    • r

      11/17/2014 at 9:27 am

      go to settings. my device. language and input. check google voice typing. go to message app. long press wheel. google voice will come on. get out of there and go back to message app and it should appear on the keyboard.

  109. Jeannie

    11/17/2014 at 4:42 pm

    I am using Samsung GT-S7275R Android 4.2.2 but still can’t access these emoji’s on my phone. Please help.

  110. aaron

    11/19/2014 at 9:18 am

    After the recent update to my galaxy s4 the emojis won’t send. When I hit send it a box pops up and says “message could be corrupt. Change input to automatic”

  111. Erica

    11/19/2014 at 9:01 pm

    The main problem I have on my note 3 is that when I use emojis it’s changes from a sms message to a mms message; any tips as to how to resolve this issue. I use the stock messaging app.

  112. Walt

    11/20/2014 at 7:50 pm

    Ok. S4 issues with Emoji. Just go to Android apps at google store and download Textra SMS. Then also download
    Textra SMS iOS Emojis ( which will give you all the Emoji) This SMS will give you the option to select Apple iOS emoji icons or Google emoji icons. You will never spend another moment trying to figure out why you can’t find yur emoji’s. Also this is the BEST SMS app anyways. Spend some time in the settings to get it exactly how you like it. P.s. to add icons …just press the + symbol. So don’t forget to make Textra your default messenger.

  113. Taylor

    11/25/2014 at 5:58 pm

    I have a galaxy s4 android version 4.4.2 model SGH-1337M and cannot get emoijs, I’ve tried everything online. Finally discovered the live chat with samgsung, they said as of now emojis are not available for this android version on s4.
    Was told I’ll have to wait for the next update. Sucks :( I miss them.

    • r

      11/25/2014 at 6:41 pm

      did they say when the update will be issued?

  114. Taylor

    11/25/2014 at 7:01 pm

    They didn’t say when it will be updated they just said you will recieve a notification when the update is available for your device.

    • r

      11/25/2014 at 7:38 pm

      thanks Taylor. having the same version as you I’m in the same boat. I hope its soon.

  115. JD

    11/27/2014 at 11:07 am

    Emojis from other ppl don’t show up on my Galaxy S5. They can see the ones I send but I only get random symbols from them. What’s wrong with my phone?

  116. shahd

    11/28/2014 at 12:51 am

    It didn’t work v..4.2.2 s4

  117. Justin r.

    11/30/2014 at 8:43 pm

    I have the version 4.4.4 and when I try to send an emoji, it says message may be corrupted on recipient device. Change input to automatic. Why does it do this? The person who gets the message receives question marks instead of emojis.

  118. [email protected]

    12/02/2014 at 8:33 am

    When I try to send a text with an Emjoi I get a box and this messages that says: “ATTENTION” Message may be corrupted on recipient device; change input mode to automatic?

    What does this mean??? and how to fix? Thanks.

  119. lala

    12/03/2014 at 7:51 am

    Android 4.4.2 , wind carrier

  120. Ariel

    12/04/2014 at 11:29 pm

    I downloaded the most recent update on my nexus 5 as of November 21st. I used to be able to switch into the emoji keyboard in instagram but now theirs no option for it. I’ve gone into my setting looking for it but the keyboard doesnt show up anymore? Anyone know anything about this?

    • r

      12/05/2014 at 4:06 am

      Ariel kindly go to a forum that deals with your phone. This is a tutorial pertaining to Samsung Galaxy S4, S5, and Note 3.

  121. lesley

    12/07/2014 at 5:13 am

    I have smileys in WhatsApp but not messaging on my Samsung s4 mini 4.2.2. The option isnt there under the microphone.

  122. Olivia

    12/08/2014 at 10:36 pm

    I am using a Galaxy S4 Android 4.4.2
    i can type the emoji in on a text message by holding down the microphone key however it won’t send. ..just keeps trying to send. It says mobile data must be on (even if i already connected to wifi)
    The emojis will work in Facebook but not text message
    any help would be greatly appreciated

  123. Destint

    12/14/2014 at 1:50 pm

    I have the same problem withere everyone else who has the update 4.4.2 And my carrier is Bell

  124. Kristin

    12/16/2014 at 8:23 pm

    Same as every one else with an S4 I’m with Bell and I have 4.4.2

  125. Samantha Bergundy

    12/25/2014 at 2:28 am

    My S4 mini doesn’t even have a microphone icon!

  126. 123acb

    12/25/2014 at 2:15 pm

    It works but whenever i try to send one it allways says “message may be corrupted on recipient device. Change input mode to automatic”

  127. Jaden

    12/26/2014 at 6:22 pm

    I think that this is a great tutorial but when I hold down the settings/microphone button it doesn’t show the smiley face. I went to language and input in the settings and inly the Samsung keyboard is checked off and my android software is 4.4.2/ kitkat. If this info is important here: I have an S4 I use bell but my cell service is virgin mobile. If you need more info please reply.

  128. Joshua Lacoursiere

    12/27/2014 at 7:09 pm

    Its not working on my s4 with 4.4.2 and sasktel carrier

  129. Missy

    12/31/2014 at 9:36 pm

    I have had my Note 3 for almost a year, and just thought I didn’t have emojis. I never would have thought to press and hold the talk2text microphone. I never knew there was an additional menu there. Thank you so much!

  130. chantel

    01/01/2015 at 10:38 am

    I have a samsung s4 running on 4.4.2 and i cannot access the emoji keyboard my carrier is also telus mobilty

  131. Codi Rae

    01/08/2015 at 8:37 pm

    Okay so I know how to get to my emoji part of my keyboard and all that… when it comes to sending the message it gives me a warning and I say to send anyways and then the person never gets it ?? I have a galaxy s4 from at&t. I receive other people’s emojis perfectly but they never get mine. Thanks for the help (:

  132. rose

    01/09/2015 at 8:44 pm

    Galaxy S4
    Not working!

  133. jeremie

    01/21/2015 at 9:39 pm

    Still dosent work for me .. when im holding the microphone key i dont have the smiley …
    Im on galaxy s4 .. 4.4.2
    Bell provider
    I dont want keyboard app..

  134. m

    02/03/2015 at 8:30 am

    I am using a samsung galaxy s4 running on 4.4.2 and when I press and hold the microphone button there is no smiley option. My provider is Fido. Help!

  135. Delia

    02/06/2015 at 8:46 am

    So I’m having the same problems as others…I’m with Virgin 4.4.2 and have checked my updates and I’ve tried a few of the other tricks on here but no emojis. :(

  136. Richard

    02/10/2015 at 6:30 pm

    I have an s4 and i do not have any emojies and can not find them i do not have thay smile face option!

  137. Richard

    02/10/2015 at 6:32 pm

    I have an s4 and i do not have any emojies and can not find them i do not have thay smile face option! Provider sasktell

  138. Jessica

    02/11/2015 at 12:13 pm

    I have the note 3 I have the emojis but can’t send them to anyone they show up as question marks? 😤😧

  139. Vero

    02/14/2015 at 9:58 pm

    I tried everything here, and nothing worked. BUT!! I finally got it by using the Google keyboard, by pressing on the “enter” button for 1 second, then the emoji option appears! ☺😆

  140. Zoe

    02/20/2015 at 8:37 am

    I have the galaxy s4 and I can access the keyboard, I can type the emojis, but when I click send, a warning box shows up saying I need to change input methods. I’ve tried everything but the receiving phone only sees “????”

  141. hi

    03/08/2015 at 11:47 am

    I have the android 4.4.2 and the emojis won’t work I followed all the steps but it still doesn’t work.

  142. Melanie

    03/20/2015 at 9:25 am

    HI, just for your information, i just called Samsung Canada and with the 4.4.2 version with the S4 the emoji icon are not available. Maybe it will be available when a new version will come.

  143. Amy

    03/26/2015 at 8:54 am

    I have to s4 and my carrier is Virgin. My boyfriend has the mini and is with the same carrier and he has them. I really like this phone and I am so happy I switched from iPhone but I love emojis!! How do I get them?!

  144. Brett

    04/09/2015 at 10:05 pm

    I have no mic button no matter what text field i am iN

  145. Cassidy

    04/12/2015 at 12:01 pm

    My emojis don’t show up anywhere. I have a Samsung S4 and I’m with Telus. My phone is up to date. I even tried it on Facebook and messaging but nothing shows up.

  146. Tameka

    04/16/2015 at 4:39 am

    It doesn’t work for me. I updated and it still won’t work. Help!!!

  147. karinaacosta

    04/28/2015 at 11:30 am

    leave a comment with:
    your carrierTelcel (Mexico)
    and your version of Android: 4.4.2

    and I can’t make it work.. :'(

  148. Jessica

    05/08/2015 at 6:15 pm

    My emojis only show for messaging but not Twitter. I have a Samsung galaxy s 5.

  149. Nigel

    05/24/2015 at 3:09 pm

    I am using Samsung Galaxy S4 SGH M919V and I can’t see or use the emoji keyboard.

  150. Dominic

    06/02/2015 at 7:21 pm

    How do you make the smiley face button to access the emojis the default replacement of the mic button so i do not have to repeat this lrocess every time i want to use emojis?

  151. iris

    07/18/2015 at 1:53 pm

    I have the Samsung Galaxy S4 and after the last update I couldn’t put smileys behind the names in my contacts, but before I could. Can someone help me please??

  152. Sammi

    08/25/2015 at 11:10 am

    Any idea how I get the emoticon shortcut under the attachment paperclip? killin me! Thanks!

  153. Nala Blaq

    09/11/2015 at 8:25 am

    I have the galaxy S4 (it is an At&t phone). I followed the directions above, and I can find the emoji. When I press to send via text, I receive a pop-up message instructing to swith input mode to automatic. That option is not available. I truly hope sum one can help. I agree that emoji are a great way to express via text. Thanks in advance.

  154. Tim g

    09/20/2015 at 4:54 pm

    I have an s5 and my emotions button has just stopped working, when I press it it lights up but doesn’t open up the characters

  155. Christa

    10/17/2015 at 8:02 pm

    My emoji icon won’t work in the message app that comes with the phone. When I press the emoji symbol next to the paper clip, it lights up but nothing happens. Any idea what to do?

  156. Angela

    12/11/2015 at 4:48 pm

    Me emojis will work on any social media site or website for that matter but it WILL NOT send through on my text messages. It will say “Convert to multimedia message” and it will try to send for hours and just won’t send at all. Please help!

  157. karen chitwood

    12/22/2015 at 11:08 am

    I can not get my shortcut under the paperclip to work either. Only way to get to my emojis is the mic at the bottom of keyboard.

  158. Kristy

    01/05/2016 at 2:02 pm

    OMG!!! I have had my Note 3 for years and I never knew I already had these emoticons. I had been downloading these emoji keyboards from Google Play and never liked them. They were too big and not simple like the Iphone. Thank you so much!!! I feel like such an idiot for not knowing this!!! Thanks

  159. Karen

    01/24/2016 at 8:16 am

    I do not have a microphone icon on my Samsung Galaxy 5 keyboard, so I couldn’t follow your instructions. I have downloaded the Emoji app but my phone keeps reverting back to the Samsung default keyboard. This happened after an update. Very frustrating.

  160. Ivy

    02/24/2016 at 1:03 am

    I am using galaxg s4 and i cant use my imoji when i check the software the android version is 4.2.2 and when i check for updates it said that it is the latest version..

  161. Rodica Brown

    03/27/2016 at 7:18 pm

    Thank you for sharing. Your instructions were easy to follow. Even I was able to get to my emoji site. Love it when someone sends me one with a text. Always makes me smile. Now I am able to add them in as well, maybe make someone else smile. Much obliged for all the effort you put into explaining the process.

  162. Doris J. Clark

    05/18/2016 at 1:20 am

    I have the emoticons and microphone but when I go to send it I get an error message that there may be corrupt file on recipient side and when I send anyhow the receiver only sees a ? mark and no icon I have done some research on this and seems that a lot of people been having this problem and for a long time so if Samsung don’t fix it I guess I wont be able to send any emoticons and wont be happy. I am on a Samsung Galaxy S4 and am beginning to hate it. There are other issues on it but now getting to be more and I have only had it less than a month. Please if someone comes up with an answer that works please post it asap….

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