These days, everyone is on one of two teams: Team iPhone or Team Android, with both sides suffering casualties in heated internet arguments. With all spec comparisons, aesthetic preferences, and philosophical debates aside, there is one arena in which even the most die-hard Android fan has to admit Apple’s got the upper hand: iOS emojis.
iOS emojis are definitely better than Android. They have a larger selection, more applicable uses, and just look better overall (and in many cases less creepy—even happy Android and Google emotes often look like a lethargic yellow blob-man). But that’s hardly a reason to switch systems. Even with all the great features available on iPhones, with new ones being developed all the time, some people will prefer to stick with what they know. The good news for them is that no one needs to run out to the Apple Store just to be able to send a slightly suggestive eggplant emoji or use the 2015 “word” of the year, the classic “Face with Tears of Joy” emoji. You can have your 🎂 and 🍴 too by adding iOS emojis to your Android device.
What sorcery is this?
It’s true! And the process is relatively simple. You will need a rooted device, though. “Rooting” your device on Android is basically the same as “jailbreaking” an iPhone. It allows you to access much more of your phone’s potential, but with a few risks. You void your warranty and run a few potential security risks. That doesn’t stop plenty of people, though.
There are a slew of apps that promise to allow your Android access to iOS emojis, like Emoji Font for FlipFont 3, but most of them have limited compatibility with popular devices, near non-existent support, and some don’t even have the right emojis. Many of them also depend on another app called FlipFont in order to work properly, but that app has since left the marketplace. So, for the most reliable results, your device will need to be rooted. If your device is not currently rooted and you’re uncomfortable rooting it just to see the same emojis as your friends, turn back now.
Let’s do it!
For those of you brave souls who are left, rooting your phone is the biggest hurdle between you and sweet emoji freedom. Once you’ve accomplished that, you’re practically at the finish line. All you need to do now is download Emoji Switcher and set iOS as your default emoji set. If you crave variety, the app will also let you use Google, Samsung, Twitter, Emoji One, and LG emojis at the press of a button. The app is regularly updated with new emojis as they’re released, so you should have no trouble staying up to date.
Why should I bother?
Not only are the iOS emojis pretty much universally recognised as the standard (which is reason enough), but if you’re using a different set, you may actually be interpreting your friends’ texts wrong. Take a look at these examples of how different the same unicode can look across different platforms. Or these. Or these. I could go on. If you don’t want to get mixed up in an awkward misunderstanding, it’s best to be on the same emoji page as everyone else you’re texting.
Once you succumb to the iOS side of emojis, you’ll wonder how you ever got by without the aid of these clearly superior pictographs. You’ll be able to express yourself as a sexy lady dancer (instead of an amorphous yellow blob) and be able to discern beyond a shadow of a doubt when your friends are being passive aggressive. You’ll be able to waste several minutes you could spend doing something productive on finding the perfect emoji to express your specific sentiment. All without having to switch phones. If only there was a succinct way to communicate through text how all this makes me feel. Oh yeah! 😂