You’re in the groove, you’re about to send an awesome Snapchat and realize you’re missing something that could add a ton to the photo and bring it from awesome to epic. After all, let’s be honest, part of why you use Snapchat is to impress your friends with the awesome places you’ve been, how funny great that party was or that time when your friend did something incredibly embarrassing.
But hold it, you need to top it all off with a Snapchat emoji to really convey the full message. If you’ve never used a Snapchat emoticon before then be ready to add a whole new life to your pictures and video. It may not initially be intuitive how to add them, so I’ll walk you through steps to add your favorite characters or images. Once you get everything up and running it’ll be quick and easy but there is some initial setup involved.
If you’ve never used Snapchat before and are wondering what I’m talking about, let’s go into a little bit of detail about the app, what it’s used for and below I’ll outline some tips to make your Snapping experience a bit better.
What Is Snapchat Anyway?
If you’ve never heard of Snapchat then you probably don’t own a smartphone. It’s one of the fastest growing apps for 2013. In fact, Snapchat grew at an amazing rate of 67% growth between quarter 3 of 2013 and quarter 1 of 2014. This was the fastest growing apps during this rate, an incredible feat when they’re competing with huge Apps like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Vine, WhatsApp, Line, etc.
The premise of Snapchat is to allow friends or acquaintances a photo or video they take, but unlike any other service that allows the exact same thing, your photos or video is deleted after 1 to 10 seconds. This means you can send silly photos to your friends that will never see the light of Facebook or Instagram and won’t be saved on their phone (unless they take a screenshot!) Edit: Snapchat has since added Stories, which take 24 hours to delete, although it is possible to manually delete them before that time.
Snapchat recently added functionality that let’s you also send and receive text messages where the conversation is deleted after you exit out of it. Another good option if you want to follow up a picture with a chat. You can select certain messages to save even after closing out of it, although that is not the default method when you use the feature.
Emoji Vs. Emoticons, What Are They?
Now, if you’re wondering what emoji or emoticons are, you probably have seen them around but just didn’t know what they are called. They’re super common among texting and messaging systems such as Office Communicator, GChat, AIM, etc. The basis of it is that both are images instead of letters, but they are rendered and created in different ways that I’ll go into a bit more.
Emoji originated in Japan and are a set of pictures or smileys that can pretty much represent or mean anything. There is a huge range of various options when it comes to emoji. It depends on what is preprogramed into your smartphone or computer. Typically there are a standard set of emoji that cell phone companies use and computers use. For example, you can include emoji by either opening an emoji calendar or you can type in the text version of an emoji and that will translate into the emoji version. Often times emoji are not the smiley faces that you typically see, but if someone includes a dog or a building or a star in your text, that is an emoji.
Emoticons are a image or picture that represents one’s feeling and used when messaging people over your smartphone or over your computer or tablet. The meaning of emoticons are to convey a feeling in a conversation that is best to be conveyed through a picture than over text. Often times emoticons are faces that show some kind of expression. Also, if you’re on a smartphone or computer you can often use text that will automatically translate into an emoticon. For example, if you type “:)” into your browser or text message it will likely convert it over to an emoticon.
If you’re still unclear, the basis of emoji vs emoticons can be summed up with a few images. Below are a set of emoticons and emoji from Wikipedia. Also, we have discussed some of the emoji specific to Snapchat in another article.
Examples of Snapchat emoticons
Examples of Snapchat emoji
Now hopefully you have a better idea of what emoji and emoticons are and are even more excited to start using them with your Snapchat app. Let’s get right into it and I’ll show you how to turn on the emoji keyboard, use your own custom emoticons with all of your Snapchat images and videos.
How To Enable Snapchat Emoji & Emoticons
If you want to use Snapchat emoji there are a few steps you need to go through. I’ll walk you through them below. Back in December, Snapchat updated their app and added a few awesome features, one of the best being the addition of large text, this is awesome as it let’s us add large emoji along with regular sized emoji. Sweet!
First, you will want to turn on the large text setting on your Snapchat app. To do that follow these simple steps, but make sure you have the most up to date version of Snapchat or else it may not work.
- Open up the Snapchat app
- Tap the white square at the bottom left to bring up your list of previously sent/received snaps.
- Now tap the settings gear at the top right, which will bring you to the Snapchat settings page.
- Select “Manage” under “Additional Services” and it will bring up some of the special features.
- You will want to turn on “special text” but feel free to turn on the rest of the options, they’re pretty cool and can add a bit more to your simple Snapchat photos.
The next step is to turn on the emoji keyboard on your iPhone, iPad, or Android device so you can access it on your Snapchat app.
For iPhone, iPad & iPod:
If you’re using an iPhone, iPad or iPod then you will want to follow the steps below to turn on the emoji keyboard.
- On your home screen tap the settings icon, which is a grey gear.
- From there, go to General then Keyboard.
- This will give you the option to add a new keyboard, which you want to add the emoji keyboard so click add.
- Find the emoji keyboard in the list and tap it to enable.
- Now, whenever the keyboard shows up you will see a little globe icon next to the space bar. Tap it and you’ll see the emoji keyboard!
For Android devices:
If you’re on an Android device such as a Samsung Galaxy or HTC Note, you’ll want to follow the steps below to turn on the emoji keyboard if it’s not already turned on.
- The first step is to head over to your Android and go to the settings menu.
- Tap on “Language & Input” under the personal settings.
- Now look for “iWnn IME” which you should enable if it’s not already enabled.
- Now the emoji keyboard is activated. If you want to use an emoji press and hold down the space bar and then select “Emoji” from the input method.
Now you can use the emoji keyboard on your Android device. Let’s head back to Snapchat and take that emoji keyboard and make some use out of it.
New Snapchat Emoji Instead of Best Friends
You may have seen Snapchat’s brand new way to tell everyone on the app your relationship with your contacts. From best friends to a heated three-way friendship, you can get all of the details on your relationships and how close your friends are to one another with just a few emojis.
If you’ve been on Snapchat lately you will have noticed the six emojis below that are next to your friend’s names and wondered why they are showing up all of a sudden and what these new emojis actually mean. I’m here to give you the breakdown of the new symbols.
The first one you will notice is the plain and simple yellow heart. This basically took the place of your best friend on the best friend list. The person with the yellow heart next to their name means you send and receive the highest number of snaps with this person. That’s who you communicate the most with.
The smiling face with rosy cheeks appears so innocent, but is it? Not quite, it means that a the person is a best friend but not your number one best friend. Again, it’s someone you may want to send a bit more snaps to to up their status. It still means that you two message each other a good amount on Snapchat, though.
The last emoji friendship status is the fire. Can you guess what this emoji means? Do you remember when you used to play NBA Jam and you would get “On Fire” because you scored so many points. It’s similar to that concept, the fire means that you’ve been sending and receiving snaps on consecutive days meaning you are on a “snap streak” that just won’t stop!
Add Emoji To Snapchat Pictures
Now for the fun part, actually adding emoji to your Snapchat pictures. Open up your Snapchat app and tap the circle at the bottom center to take the photo. Make sure it’s a good one. then you will see your photo along with some options. At the top right you’ll see a big “T” tap it to enable text. You may have to tap it twice to switch it from small text to large text if you want a big emoji.
Note: if you don’t see the “T” you should tap the area right next to the pencil looking icon at the top right, which will enable the text.
Now there are a few tips that will let you change some settings and align the text to the center, etc. this may make it easier to orient the emoji where you want them.
- Tap the text icon “T” once to go from small text to large text
- Tap it again to go from align left to center and then again to right aligned text
- You can use your finger to slide the text up and down on the screen to orient it where you want.
Now you’re a pro at using Snapchat emoji to spice up your photos or videos. If you want to create custom emoticons or if you want even more emoji you can try some extra apps that extend the options further and give you more options.
Imoji is a good option when it comes to creating custom emoji to send to your friends. Basically you can take an image of yourself and turn it into an emoji by just using the photo or adding some silly background or features. You can also use any other photo, so take a photo of your dog or cat or use a celebrity mug shot to make a great emoji that is only yours.
Emoji Keyboard for Google Play allows you to add hundreds of additional emoji to your initial options that are preloaded into your Android smartphone or tablet. It’s a good way to expand your options if you’ve gotten tired of the current options.
That wraps up our guide on using Snapchat emoji and emoticons on your iPhone and Android devices. We hope you found this helpful. Let us know below if there are any other questions you have or if we didn’t cover your favorite emoji! Be creative and keep snapping photos!