While both iOS and Android are advancing the range of emojis accessible to users, that which we’re still lacking are cross-platform images that look exactly the same on any device. We can dream, can’t we?
One day maybe we will live in a world where a grinning face on an iPhone actually looks like a grinning face on a Nexus plus a Surface Guru.
The basic emoji symbols are the exact same on iOS and Android – they’re accepted by the Unicode Consortium – however Apple and Google designers produce different looks for each star. Confusingly, the firms also add emoji service at several times.
1. Know your emoji
This Unicode FAQ about the issue is very enlightening and clarifies how companies such as Apple and Google (and Facebook and many others) have the ability to take their own approaches, design-wise, hence the potential emoji confusion. Now you understand what is happening, here is what to do.
2. Compare the differences
There is a very useful program available on Android known as Emojily – it will not actually make the emojis on your Android apparatus seem like iOS ones, but it can provide you with a record of how they look on Apple devices, if you want to have a look at the differences between the two (not easy should youn’t have some Apple kit).
Get the (totally free) program installed and you can compare emojis for your heart’s content. Okay it won’t really change the layouts used in any of your programs, but if you are receiving confusing images from your iPhone-toting buddy then it is a helpful way of working out exactly what they are trying to express.
3. Help! I can not see emojis at all!
There are in fact two issues to think about: 1, iOS emojis appear different on Android. Two, iOS will include support for newer emojis until Android does if you’re viewing boxes where icons should be around Android, then you’re running an old variant of the mobile OS that does not have the vital add-ons.
To see what version of Android you are on, launch Settings and tap ‘About phone’.
4. Do not bother swapping keyboards
Don’t waste time swapping around installed keyboards on your Android device (at least to not try and find several iOS emoji packs) – they use the identical emojis built into the OS itself. A number of them will change the keyboard and icon but at the actual programs themselves the emojis look exactly the same.
Nevertheless more emoji are coming along with Android Nougat, including alternative genders for a number of the icons along with a more uniform look across the board. Again though, unless you’re on a Nexus device or planning to get a brand new Nexus phone, it’s going to be a while before the upgrade reaches you.
5. The nuclear alternative – rooting your Mobile Phone
There’s in fact a way to get iOS-style emojis on your Android device but there’s a big caveat: you have to root your cell phone. That is going to void your warranty and require some amount of technical know-how, but if you are desperate to see Apple’s icons then that is the only absolute method of doing it right now.
You shouldn’t really run into any difficulties rooting your handset however you do so at your own risk: once you start messing about with system files there’s the capability to do some significant damage to the phone, even when risk is small. Read through our detailed guide to get started using the rooting procedure.
6. The beginner’s guide to rooting
After a few reboots you should have yourself an unlocked handset.
Bear in mind that rooting allows you to do much more than change to iOS emojis. You can install any program you want, run custom versions of Android like CyanogenMod, wipe pre-installed bloatware apps from your own phone and more.
7. Install Emoji Switcher
This app replaces the default Android emoji designs with those Apple applications, and you may also have access to the iconography employed by Samsung, LG and Twitter too.
Using the program is very simple: once you launch it, Emoji Switcher detects the emojis you are using right now, then enables you to select new ones through a simple pop-up menu. Obviously iOS is the choice we need in this case, and you can finally find the same pictures your iPhone-toting friends are.
8. Install your own fonts
What Emoji Switcher is doing is playing around with the font files embedded deep within Android (those files aren’t usually accessible which is why you have to root your phone to alter them. If you are confident enough to flash and then upgrade system files yourself, you do not necessarily have to install Emoji Switcher.
Developer forums and threads like this one and this you are the best starting point, but the instructions are likely to be specific for your phone’s make and model, and with so many types of Android apparatus out there you want to find the right files for your cell phone. Still, it’s an alternative means of getting iOS emojis.
9. Install WhatsApp anyplace
An alternative for getting iOS emojis on Android would be to just use WhatsApp – the ubiquitous, Facebook-owned messaging system uses the identical emoji layouts (the ones provided by Apple) regardless of what device it is on. That means if you are sending a grimace you understand they are seeing the identical picture.
There’s no special setup required: simply install WhatsApp for Android and you are away (remember it functions on the web too). Unfortunately the exact same kind of emoji parity isn’t present in a lot of the other messaging apps on the market, so it is only really WhatsApp where you’re sure to see the very same icons.
10. Enjoy your new emoji
We’ve covered two strategies to get iOS emoji icons onto your Android phone: origin it and set up Emoji Switcher, or use a program like WhatsApp for all your messaging. Neither are perfect and rely on you having a third party program to get the iconography you need, so you are at the mercy of some changes to Emoji Switcher or even WhatsApp.
With that in mind keep an eye on the latest emoji news – both iOS and Android upgrades frequently include support for new emojis or modifications to the look of their icons. Unless they come up with their own emojis, programs are tied to changes in the mobile OS, and that’s the reason why there’s no easier way to view iOS pictures on Android.