How To Enable the Emoji Keyboard in Android 4.1 and Higher



aNewDomain.net – Emoji keyboard apps let you add awesome Japanese characters as emoticons. They look cooler than your standard smiley because they have more detail — and there are thousands to choose from. Find Emoji apps here. But there’s no need for an Emoji keyboard app if you own a mobile device running Android 4.1 or higher. That operating system has an Emoji keyboard built in. All you have to do is set it up. Here’s how to enable the Emoji keyboard in Android 4.1 or higher.

Note: For this article I’m using a Nexus 7 running Android 4.3, which is a pure Android experience. If you’re running a heavily-skinned version on a Samsung S4, for example, your results may vary.

How to Enable Emoji Keyboard in Android 4.1 or Higher

To activate the keyboard, first head to Settings > Language & Input. Language & Input

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On the next screen scroll down and select iWnn IME. You’ll see the Emoji option under the Keyboard & Input Method section.

iWnn IME Emoji

After you’ve activated it, you’ll still be able to use your normal keyboard as a default. And it will be easy to pull up your Emoji keyboard whenever you want. To pull up the Emoji keyboard after you’ve activated it, just press and hold the spacebar. Then select it from the Choose Input Method screen. </span?

Choose Input Method

The Emoji keyboard lets you choose among different categories of icons to find the perfect one to emphasize the point you’re trying to get across.

Select Emoji Category

Here’s an example of how I used Emoji in the Outlook.com app on my Google Nexus 7 tablet.

Using Emoji in Email

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  • tbetz

    Motorola’s Android 4.1.2 update to on the original Droid RAZR Maxx does not include the iWnn IME Emoji keyboard. Can anyone offer a hint as to whether it can be added from another source?

  • BB

    Sorry for not getting right back to you tbetz. It is for free in the play store.

  • Stacey

    I’ve downloaded the iWnn IME Emoji keyboard and it only provides a few symbols on my Samsung Galaxy Slll. I have a 4.1.2 Android version. Is there something else I need in order for this keyboard to work? I have previously been using the Kii keyboard with the Handcent plugins. This works pretty well to be able to use most of the emoji’s on Facebook, Twitter and texting, but it does not work in snapchat at all as far as emoji’s. Any suggestions?

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