How Do I Add A Smiley Face To A Text Message?

By Jack Armijo | Fundamentals

How To Add Smiley Faces To A Text Message

You’ve received a text message and in it there’s a little smiley face, or a face winking at you, maybe a sad face, or it may even be sticking its tongue out at you.

How the heck did they put that into the text message?

Those little guys are called Emoticons or Emotes for short (we are texting after all so everything is shortened).

There are 2 types of Emoticons; the traditional text based Smiley Face and the fancier Emoticon images.  Adding either type of Emoticons to a text message is extremely easy.

Here’s how you do it:

Here’s my youtube video tutorial on Adding Smiley Faces

Text Based Smiley Faces

In your text message wherever you want an Smiley Face simply put in the characters that represent it.  Your text messaging app will do the rest.  Here are some examples.

Here is an example of how to add a smiley face before I tap send in the text message.

Here is an example of how to add a smiley face before I tap send in the text message.

 

Here is how the recipient of the text message will see the smiley face.

Here is how the recipient of the text message will see the smiley face.

 

Below are a few Smiley Faces to get you started. Enter the text characters in the middle column into your text message to get the Emote in the right column.

HAPPY

Smiley-txt Smiley

SAD

Sad-txt Sad

WINKING

wink-txt Wink

STICKING OUT TONGUE

Tongue-txt Tongue

 Emoticons

If your keyboard supports Emoticons then look for a smiley face icon on one of the keys.

How To Add Smiley Face or Emoticons to Messages

Tap the smiley face icon under the paper clip to open the Emoticon menu. Or Long-Press on the Return Key to open the Emoticon menu as a secondary input for the Return key.

 

Some Keyboards have really hidden the Smile Face icon.  In this below example you have to Long-Press on the Microphone Key to find the Emoticon icon.

Smiley Faces on Galaxy S5 Keyboard

Tap on the little smiley face to open the Emoticon menu.

The top row of the Emoticon menu is a tabbed based menu. Touch on any of the icons to go to that tab.

How To Add Smiley Face or Emoticons to Messages

Once the Emoticon menu is open all you have to do is tap on the picture you want.  Here are some examples of the Emoticons found on the Samsung Galaxy S5.

How To Add Smiley Face or Emoticons to Messages  How To Add Smiley Face or Emoticons to Messages

This is just the beginning of all the cool and really fun things you can do with your Android Smartphone.

Did you know that you can use use your Android Smartphone to create text messages just by speaking to it?

I’ll show you how in the Beginner’s Guide To Android Smartphones

Learn More

Emoticon Meanings

I found 2 resources that give you the meaning of each emoticon.

The 1st is the Emojis Meaning Gallery at iEmoji.com.

Broken down by category in a tab style view, iEmoji displays each emoticon with its name.

Tap on one of the emoticons for a detailed overview of each emoticon and recommendations on how it should be used.

iEmoji Smiley Face/Emoticon Library

Smiley Face Emoticon for Android

The 2nd resource is an Emoji to English Dictionary at Make Use Of.

The overall library isn’t as extensive as iEmoji, but it is much quicker to get through and provides intended use for each smiley face.  You’ll find some value in this resource as well.

Make Use Of Emoji to English Dictionary

Smiley Face Emoticon for Android

 

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Darryl Peacock May 9, 2015

I want to know how I can download this to my Galaxy 4. Please advice. Thank you.

Darryl Peacock @ darryl316peacock@gmail.com

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    Jack Armijo May 11, 2015

    Hi Darryl,
    Thanks for stopping by My Smartphone Tutor AND taking the time to leave a comment. I don’t have a Galaxy S4 so I can’t give you my usual step-by-step tutorial on how to do this.

    But I did a quick search and found out that your Galaxy S4 comes with the Swiftkey keyboard preinstalled. Here’s a link for you to check it out on CNet.

    I hope this helps.

    Jack
    – your smartphone tutor

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      spikesturg November 10, 2015

      I like this tutorial
      It was very helpfull…Thanks!
      Heres some new ones,
      xD #D =D =P
      idk if u already knew that or its not a face programed into the phone

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      spikesturg November 10, 2015

      I like this tutorial
      It was very helpfull…Thanks!
      Heres some new ones,
      xD #D =D =P
      idk if u already knew that or its not a face programed into the phone

      Liked the blog!

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        Jack Armijo November 13, 2015

        Excellent, thanks for adding these. Care to tell everyone what they represent?

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gena December 2, 2015

I LIKE IT SORRY CAPS ARE BROKI”N I LIKE IT ALLOT BUT NEEDS MORE:-)

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Bill December 26, 2015

Jack, I have a smiley face on my keyboard that I could tap to put an emote into my text and it has quit working. Is there anything I can do to make it start working again. Right now I have to hold the microphone key and it will give me the option to select emotes so I am able to do it but much more time consu!IMG than selecting off the keyboard. Do u have any suggestions to make it start working again. biipbryant@gmail.com

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    E January 6, 2016

    Me too! help

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    Jack Armijo January 11, 2016

    Hi there,
    I haven’t experienced this problem but I did find a number of other people are experiencing it. Here is the solution someone posted on an Android forum:

    “Do you have any of the Clean Master apps installed on your phone? I just uninstalled CM security and the parent Clean Master apps, restarted my phone, and voila… now the emoji button works perfectly.”

    Please let me know if this helps you so I can post the solution for others that come to My Smartphone Tutor. If you need help uninstalling an app; I can help with that too.

    You’re smartphone tutor,
    Jack

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      Marlene T. April 5, 2016

      Hi and thank you for helping so many people with emoji problems. I actually did not know I had the cool emoticons on my Galaxy phones until I accidentally long-pressed the microphone on my Galaxy Mega keyboard! I was jealous of all of my family and friends having those cute emojis, while I was using the plain android emojis for YEARS.
      My question is, are there any apps out there that will add to the standard emojis that come with most Galaxy phones? They have a bunch, but I wanted to add more dogs, cats, people, etc. Maybe more holiday ones. I cannot seem to find any in the Google Play Store. All that shows up are new keyboards.
      Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks so much!
      Marlene~

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        Jack Armijo April 6, 2016

        Hi Marlene,
        You know, that’s a great point about the microphone button on the Galaxy phones. I know T-Mobile hides the smiley face icon behind the microphone. I’ve updated this post with that info. Thanks for pointing it out.

        As for additional emoji, I did a search in Google Play for Emoticon Packs or Emoticon Stickers. One I tried that worked well is Cute Emoticons Sticker.

        These won’t show up in your normal emoticons area as its a separate app. But you can send them in text message very easily.

        I hope this helps a little and you find what you’re looking for.

        Your smartphone tutor,
        Jack

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          Marlene T. April 8, 2016

          Thanks again, I will def check that out! ☺

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Eve June 9, 2016

I don’t like ♡ ♡ on my galaxy 4
On my messaging or when commenting, on FB etc…why? Ugh
I need to know if what’s shown to me before I share..

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