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:
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.
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.
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If your keyboard supports Emoticons then look for a smiley face icon on one of the keys.
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.
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.
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.
This is just the beginning of all the cool and really fun things you can do with your Android Smartphone.
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
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
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