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How to activate your emoji keyboard on Android 5.0 (Lollipop)

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John Reilly
OSS Engineer - TypeScript, Azure, React, Node.js, .NET

A departure from from my normal content - I need to tell you about emoji! You'll probably already know about them - just imagine a emoticon but about 300,000 times better. They really add spice to to textual content. Oh and they're Japanese - which is also way cool.

Since I've discovered emoji I've felt a pressing need to have them on my (Android) phone. This is harder than you might imagine. But totally do-able.... Here's how you get the emoji love on your Android Lollipop phone:

  • goto settings (the cog)
  • select "Language and Input"
  • select your "Current keyboard" and then select the "Choose keyboards" option
  • look for a keyboard that says "iWnn IME Japanese". Select it
  • drop back to the "Language and Input" menu where you will see "iWnn IME Japanese" is now there.
  • select it and deactivate "Japanese" and activate "Emoji" like this:

screenshot of input languages in android

  • now you should find your keyboard contains a little globe icon. When you select it.... Emoji!!!!

screenshot of emoji keyboard