5 emoji keyboards to make texting more fun

5 emoji keyboards to make texting more fun

It can be fun to use emoji when texting friends and family, but you can only send a limited number laughing crying emoji Before that, the emoji looks a bit old-fashioned. If you are familiar with the current emoji options on your phone, we have good news: there are dozens of emoji keyboards that you can download and use instead. These other keyboards offer everything from animated emojis, GIFs, and stickers to various themes.

Here are five emoji keyboards for iPhone and Android to check out to make texting more fun.

gboard

Emoji on Gboard

Gboard lets you search for the right emoji.

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If you have an Android phone, Gboard may already be installed on it. (I use one Google Pixel 5and Gboard is my default keyboard.) In addition to handy features like swipe-to-text, Gboard lets you search for emoji, track your most used emoji, add stickers — even animated ones — to your texts, and use gifs and old-fashioned emoticons. Gboard is free to download for Android and iOS.

To use Gboard, install it from the App Store or Google Play. After that, users should go into settings and tap Enable (Android) Gold Getting started (iOS). If you’re downloading for iOS, you’ll need to manually enable a number of permissions to use most Google features.

Microsoft Swift Key

SwiftKey on Android and iPhone

SwiftKey on the Note 3 (left) vs the iPhone 6 Plus (right).

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SwiftKey learns your writing style, including slang, nicknames, and favorite emoji. This, along with its customization features, sets it apart from other keyboards. You can add free themes to your keyboards, as well as individual themes and theme packs in the SwiftKey Store.

SwiftKey also offers emoji prediction (for example, if you type “love”, you might see a ❤️ emoji in the prediction bar). However, you can disable this in the app’s settings.

To enable SwiftKey and make it your default keyboard on Android, go to Settings > Language & input > SwiftKey. To set it up on iOS, tap General > Keyboard > Keyboards > Add New Keyboard. You will see all the keyboards that you have installed on your device. Select SwiftKey to activate it. To make it your default, click To edit and drag it to the top of the list.

Bitmoji

Bitmoji is used in various chats

Bitmoji can be used with other keyboards like Gboard.

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If you’ve used Snapchat, you’ve probably seen Bitmoji – little cartoon avatars styled after the user. Bitmoji also ties into other apps besides Snapchat. For example, Gboard is the default keyboard on my Pixel 5, but you can choose that Install Bitmoji from the toolbar. It adds another layer of personalization as your Bitmoji is built into almost every sticker.

The keyboard is free for iOS and Android. To set it up on Android, you can do it manually or through the Bitmoji app. After downloading and logging into the app, tap the globe icon to open the Keyboard tab and follow the prompts to enable the keyboard. To set up the keyboard manually, install the app and go to settings. Tap from there Languages ​​and input > Virtual (or onscreen) keyboard > Manage keyboards > Switch Bitmoji Keyboard.

To set up Bitmoji for iOS, you can do it manually or through the Bitmoji app. After downloading the app and signing in, tap the globe icon at the bottom of the screen to open the Keyboard tab and follow the prompts to enable the keyboard. To set up the keyboard manually, install the app and go to settings. Then tap General > Keyboard > Keyboards > Add New Keyboard and turn on Bitmoji Keyboard.

Fleksy

Fleksy on iPhone

Fleksy has tons of emojis and themes to have fun with.

Fleksy

Fleksy is a free keyboard download with in-app purchases for Android and iOS. The keyboard has thousands of emoji – with recommendations based on your texting habits – as well as gifs to spice up your texts. Fleksy has keyboard themes like Anime and Chameleon as well as built-in mini apps like Memoji Stickers, Typing Games, different keyboard sounds and Spell Checker.

To use Fleksy in iOS, download the app and choose Settings > General > Keyboard > Turn on Fleksy. You must also grant full access to use all keyboard functions. For Android go through settings > Languages ​​and input > Virtual (or onscreen) keyboard > Manage keyboards.

kika

Kika on iPhone with custom keyboards

Kika includes dozens of emojis and ways to customize your keyboard.

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Kika keyboard provides thousands of emojis, fonts, gifs, stickers and keyboard themes. Kika also has emoji predictions and an emoji dictionary (handy!), and the gifs work on social media platforms. In addition to in-app keyboard themes, Kika lets you use your own photos as your keyboard background.

To use Kika in iOS, download the app and then select Settings > General > Keyboard > Turn on Kika. You must also grant full access to use all keyboard functions. For Android go through Settings > Languages ​​and input > Virtual (or onscreen) keyboard > Manage keyboards.

For more emoji news, see how to choose the right emoji every time and how to react to text with emojis using Google Docs.


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