Finding more smileys on your Android keyboard

Find the hidden collection of smileys your Android has to offer.

Attaching smileys to instant messages, texts, and e-mail can be a fun and easy way to add character to your messages. Whether you're trying to convey extreme joy :D or sorrow :'(, there are some extra smileys built into your Android phone's keyboard that you may not know about. However, finding them is just a couple of finger presses away.

Step 1:
Open the app you want to send a message from.

Step 2:
Tap the screen where you want to start typing so the keyboard will pop up.

Step 3:
Press and hold on the happy smiley face on your keyboard, and a menu of other faces will pop up.

Steps 2 and 3. Screenshot by Nicole Cozma

Step 4:
Keep holding your finger on the screen to drag the selector box to the one you want to use.

Step 5:
Send your message with the now emotion-appropriate smiley.

Screenshot by Nicole Cozma

If the default smileys aren't enough for you, some third-party messaging apps also have smiley packs available on the Android Market. You will need to be using the messaging app and the smileys together in order for you to be able to send them.

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About the author

Nicole Cozma has an affinity for Android apps and devices, but loves technology in general. Based out of the Tampa Bay Area, she enjoys being a spectator to both sunsets and lightning storms.



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