How to get new emojis on your iPhone or Android device

Texting and messaging apps are great, but plain old text sometimes doesn’t get emotions right, and that’s where emojis come in. While choosing a particular emoji is a generational minefield, young people can cringe considering the choices of older people. At its most extreme, there’s no doubt that adding a little emoji to the end of a message can help clarify what you mean. Since their introduction in the late 1990s, these ideograms, smileys and emoji have helped us express ourselves for decades.


  • How to Get New Emoji on iPhone
  • How to get new emojis on your Android phone
  • Make new emoji with Emoji Kitchen
  • Install third-party keyboards and apps

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Emojis are a must-have feature on any smartphone, and thankfully, the supply of them is nearly unlimited. No matter what you want to say, there’s an emoji for you. If not? Please be patient, more content will be added every year to give you more options. You can even get new emojis through your keyboard, or if you have an Android phone, you can create your own mix of emojis through Emoji Kitchen. Here’s a quick and easy guide on how to add new emojis to your iPhone or Android phone.

How to Get New Emoji on iPhone

The easiest way to get new emojis is to wait for them to land via a software update on your iPhone. In most cases, you don’t need to do anything to get software updates, but in case you want to initiate an update or check if an update is available, you have to do the following.

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Step 1: Go to your set up application.

Step 2: Select General > Software Updates.


Step 3: Wait for the system to check for updates.

Step 4: Select if available download and install for updates.

Waiting for a software update to be installed.

How to Get the New Emoji on Your Android Phone

If you’re using an Android phone, you’ll usually also get new updates through Software Update.

Step 1: Open your set up application.

How to install emoji iPhone Android software update 1

Step 2: Select System > System Update.

Find your System Updates section in System.

Step 3: If there is an update available, you can download and install it from here.

Step 4: After installation, if any new emojis are available, they will appear on your phone.

Emoji Kitchen by GBoard.

Make new emojis with Emoji Kitchen

Software updates aren’t the only way to get new emoji. Google’s Gboard keyboard does some interesting things with emoji. It doesn’t add new emoji; instead, it remixes existing ones. Ever wanted a ghost emoji with dollar sign eyes? Or an alien spaceship with hearts on it? Probably not, but admit it, you’re thinking about how to use it now, aren’t you?

It all happens within Gboard, and only works on Android phones. If you have a Google Pixel smartphone, you probably already have it, but you may need to turn it on. We’ll show you how to turn this feature on and how it works. Before starting this process, make sure to download and enable Gboard.

Step 1: Open the messaging app of your choice and tap on the text field to open the keyboard.

Step 2: Select Options button in the upper left corner and select set up.

Open Gboard's options menu.

Select Settings in Gboard.

Step 3: Select Emojis, Stickers & GIFs.

Emoji settings in Gboard.

Step 4: Make sure emoji stickers is open.

Open the emoji kitchen.

Step 5: Go back to the Messages app and choose an emoji from Emoji Emoticons category.

Emoji category in Gboard.

Step 6: When it appears in the text box, Gboard will create some remixed emojis based on the initial emojis.

Emoji Kitchen remixes the flame emoji.

Step 7: Choose one to send it as a sticker.

Send emoji kitchen mashups.

Screenshot of the Bitmoji keyboard enabled in the Bitmoji app.

Screenshot of clothing selection in the Bitmoji app.

Screenshot of stickers in the Bitmoji app.

Install third-party keyboards and apps

Emojis are now available on iPhone and Android, so there’s no need to download a new keyboard just to get them. However, there are apps you can download that will give you more emojis to use, as well as a few other bonuses.

If you want to create personalized emojis, Bitmoji (also available on Android) is perfect. Just download it and you can create your own version of Bitmoji that will pose in many different ways, adding your own personal touch to the classic emoji.

Another option is Facemoji (also available on Android), which has over 5,000 emojis, a built-in meme creator, and a fully customizable keyboard.

There are other options, but be aware that downloading a completely unfamiliar keyboard can be a dangerous thing to do. While emojis rarely hurt anyone, keystroke trackers can, and your keyboard knows everything you type. So, be careful while downloading new emoji keyboard. When in doubt, do not download.

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