How to get iPhone emojis on Android: You got together with friends for a fun night out, and while looking at one of their new iPhone, you noticed that the emojis he sent in chats were different from the ones you normally send from your Android smartphone. Intrigued, you tried to get the same “smilies” sent to you in your chat window and, to your surprise, you noticed that these were not displayed correctly.
How do you say? For this reason, are you already thinking that your Android smartphone is now obsolete and to be replaced as soon as possible, even though you bought it only a few months ago? Don’t do it: before making some risky moves, I invite you to stop and read the rest of the guide I have prepared below, in which I intend to show you how to have iPhone emojis on Android quite simply, following a few steps within everyone’s reach: even those who, like you, don’t chew technology very well.
After completing the reading of this guide, you will be perfectly able to send the “missing” emojis (those available only on iPhones) even from your Android device, as well as display them correctly in chats and SMS every time a contact is in possession of a latest generation iPhone will send you a message. I assure you that, once all is completed, your device will no longer seem so obsolete. Happy reading and have fun!
Before getting to the heart of this guide and explain yourself in detail how to have iPhone emojis on Android, it is necessary that you perform some preliminary operations: only in this way the methods described in the following parts of this guide will work correctly on the Android device in your possession.
First, I recommend that you activate the Unknown origins on the smartphone or Android tablet you use, so that you can also install apps not present in the Play Store on the device and add new features that would otherwise be unavailable.
The procedure to do this is quite similar on all Android devices, except for the name of some menu that could still change: first, tap the icon Settings of your phone, then access the section Safety (which can appear under other names such as Privacy, Security settings and so on.) and scroll the window until you see the item appear Unknown origins. At this point, put the check mark next to the aforementioned item, or move up ON the relative lever, and then press on Confirm / Allow in correspondence with any warning messages that may appear on the screen.
If you have Android 8.0 or higher, you must go to Settings> Apps and notifications, touch the item related to the browser from which you want to download the APK packages (eg. Google Chrome), press on the section Install unknown apps and activate the lever corresponding to the item Allow from this source.
If you need a hand to complete the previously illustrated steps, I suggest you take a look at my tutorial on how to install APK, in which I have dealt with this topic in detail.
Note: I advise you to stick to the download and installation of the packages mentioned in this guide only and, at the end of the same, to reactivate the integrated protection in Android, disabling the unknown sources again. In this way you will avoid, in the future, the installation of packages coming from unofficial and therefore potentially dangerous sources.
Another fundamental requirement to obtain support for the new emojis is to have a system keyboard compatible with them available, so that you can immediately use them in all chats and, in general, on all apps that send messages.
To use iPhone emojis correctly on Android, I recommend that you install the keyboard on your phone GBoard: to get it, go to Google Play Store recalling it from the drawer of the device (or tap on the link I reported to you a little while ago) and press the button Install to download it immediately.
Once this is done, you need to enable it as your device’s default keyboard: to do this, tap the button Settings, access the section Language and input and, in the new screen, choose the item Current keyboard; once this is done, you should be shown all the keyboards installed on the device: all you have to do is press on the voice Gboard to activate the keyboard in question and make it default.
On Android 8.0 or higher, you must go to Settings> System> Languages and input> Virtual keyboard> Manage keyboards and move on ON the switch corresponding to the keyboard Gboard.
Another step to take before going on is to install a good file manager, with possible support for root permissions (we will return to the latter shortly): in my opinion, one of the best apps for this purpose is File Manager +, which you can install directly from the Google Play Store (or by tapping the link proposed above).
Finally, you must know that some of the methods that I will point out to you may require that the Android device in question have been activated root permissions: this is not always necessary, however it is a condition that varies from device to device. Before making a decision on the matter, however, I advise you to carefully read my in-depth analysis on what root permissions are, so as to perfectly understand the advantages and disadvantages to which this procedure can lead.
How to get iPhone emojis on Android
After showing you the preliminary operations to perform in order to take advantage of the iPhone emojis even on your Android device, the time has come to show you in practice all the methods you can use to complete the task you have set yourself, using those without limits. emoji you have fallen in love with so much.
iFont + iOS emoji
The first method I intend to suggest involves using the app iFont, through which to import a file .ttf containing all the emojis of iOS 11. First, therefore, download the aforementioned app directly from the Google Play Store (or by tapping this link) and follow the normal installation procedure provided by your Android device.
Once this is done, to download the package containing the emoji in .ttf format, go to this Internet page, presses the green button Download (XX.XX MB) and wait for the file to be automatically copied to the appropriate Android folder (usually it is a folder called just Download).
Now that you have everything you need, open the downloaded File Manager + app previously, tap on the item Main memory and then tap the folder Download. Identify the emoji file you downloaded earlier (which should be called iOS 11 emoji.ttf), make a long tap on it to activate the command bar and tap the button Copy. Once this is done, using the upper keyboard, go back to the folder Main Memory, open the folder iFont and presses the button Paste located in the lower command bar to paste the file containing the smileys.
Once this step is complete, launch the app iFont from the Android drawer, brought to the tab My and tap on the item My Font. An apparently empty window will open: in reality, just tap on the item click this (highlighted in red at the top of the app) to open the internal file manager and select the ttf file copied earlier. If everything went well, after a few seconds the preview of the font should appear: all you have to do is click on the button SET to add the font with the new emojis to your device.
To use emojis, all you have to do is open the Gboard keyboard in any messaging app (if you remember correctly, I taught you to set it as default in the previous section), make a long tap on the key comma and tap on emoji symbol: the game is done!
Note: as I have already explained to you above, on some smartphone models this procedure may require the activation of root permissions.
If the above method failed to satisfy you, you can give the app a chance Emoji Switcher (root). As it is easy to guess from its name, this app explicitly requires root permissions to work properly: therefore, if you have not made this type of change on your device, I suggest you forget it and turn to other methods reported in this guide.
After downloading the app on your Android device, start it from the drawer and press the drop-down menu next to the item Emoji set to and select the option iOS from the box that opens. Once this is done, press the button Set for the changes to take effect.
At this point, the system should ask you whether to provide root permissions to the app, thus allowing the emoji to be changed: all you have to do is press, when requested, the button Allow / Allow, press the button in the shape of circular arrow placed inside the app and verify that under the heading Current emoji detected the wording is specified iOS.
Once the procedure is complete, you can safely exit the app and take advantage of the emojis directly from the Gboard keyboard installed on the device.
Kira Keyboard + emoji
Another good solution for have iPhone emojis on Android provides for the use of the Kika keyboard, in combination with a third-party APK containing the iOS emojis: this method, unlike the previous one, should work very well even without root permissions as regards sending emojis. To view them in the messages received, however, it will be necessary to install the smileys as system font with root access.
Having made this necessary premise, it’s time to take action: first, download the Kika keyboard directly from the Google Play Store, install it as usual and set it as the default keyboard by going to Settings> Language and input> Current keyboard (or Settings> System> Languages and input> Virtual keyboard> Manage keyboards if you are using Android 8.0 or higher).
Now that the Kika keyboard is active, download the APK package for the iOS emojis by going to This Page and pressing the green button Download APK (5.0 MB) and, as soon as the download is completed, call up the Android notification area and tap on the name of the file you just downloaded, and then confirm the installation of the APK by tapping the button Install.
Once the installation process is complete, open the app IOS EMOJI, tap on the item Activate emoji that you will see appear at the top and that’s it: you just have to open a messaging app to take advantage of the new Kika keyboard with the iPhone emojis installed (the button to recall them is located at the bottom left, next to the comma).
IPhone emojis not appearing? Make sure they are properly activated in Kika’s settings menu; open the keyboard in any app that supports text messages, then tap the symbol in the shape of flower at the top left, presses on the voice Style and select the package IOS EMOJI among those present. Easy, right?