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How to Get Emojis for Instagram on Android

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Emojis are a very popular and fun way to express your emotions over social media. When you’re unsure how thought is going to come across, sometimes throwing in an emoji can ensure it is received the way it was intended.

There is a wide range of emojis you can choose from to engage with your audience. Below, we go over how to put emojis on your Instagram using an Android, and some of the most popular emojis used in conversation.

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How to Put Emoji On Instagram (Android Phone)

Most Android phones today have an already built-in emoji system in its keyboard. However, if yours does not, there are a few steps you can take to make it available to you.

  1. Step 1

    Search in your Android phone apps for the “play store” and tap it.

  2. Step 2

    Search for “google keyboard.”

  3. Step 3

    Tap “Gboard – the Google Keyboard,” and tap install.

  4. Step 4

    Tap accept, and wait for Gboard to install.

  5. Step 5

    After it is installed, go to your Android’s settings and tap.

  6. Step 6

    Scroll down to where it says “language and input” underneath the “personal” section and tap it.

  7. Step 7

    Tap “default keyboard” and select “google keyboard.” 

You should then have access to the emojis whenever you are using your keyboard to message someone.

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How to Put Emojis on Instagram Captions

To put emojis on your Instagram captions, follow these steps:

  1. Step 1

    Tap the plus sign at the bottom of the screen and/ or by your username at the top of the screen to add a new post.

  2. Step 2

    Choose a picture or video you would like to post.

  3. Step 3

    Edit and tap “next.”

  4. Step 4

    Tap “write a caption” which will bring up the keyboard.

  5. Step 5

    Find the smiley face at the bottom left of the keyboard and tap it. For some, it may be a globe icon.

  6. Step 6

    Scroll through the different tabs and pages of emojis until you find the one you desire and select it.

  7. Step 7

    Tap share.

For “commenting” on a post on Instagram, they have conveniently made it easier if you like. When you “add a comment,” you can either follow the steps above or simply just press one of the most popular emojis that are available right above your comment section and then post.

Social media can make it very hard to read emotions. A text or post said in jest can be read wrong and taken as harsh or insensitive, heartfelt words can be taken as sarcastic, honesty can be mistaken for a joke, etc. The meaning behind even the simplest of texts when you can’t see the face behind the screen can be misunderstood.

Emojis have hit that problem head-on, and though it doesn’t completely fix the issue, it helps everyone read the emotions of the people they are talking to over social media platforms. A simple emoji can help avoid anger and/or awkward conversations about a simple text or comment that was never meant to be offensive. They can bring out the punchline of a joke, or replace words to make the text or comment for fun to read.

There are so many kinds of emojis to liven up your posts from facial expressions, to pets, food icons, travel, electronics, and many more. Some of the most popular emojis people use are:

  1. Heart Emoji

    The heart emoji conveys the message that you love and/or care about the post, message, or person that you are responding to. 

  2. Smiling Emoji

    The smiling emoji is used to convey happiness or positivity. Oftentimes when a conversation with someone starts to become heavy, this emoji can help lighten the mood and communicate to the other person that everything is okay.

  3. Folded Hands

    The folded hands emoji expresses gratitude, respect, a request, or letting people know that you are thinking and/or praying for them.

  4. Thumbs-up Emoji

    The thumbs-up emoji expresses that you like a post or statement. It is also an easy way to communicate to someone that you have received their message and understand it without having to type it all out. 

  5. Pile of Poo Emoji

    The pile of poo emoji is often used to express disappointment. Or, of course, to convey its literal meaning.

  6. Loudly Crying Face Emoji

    The loudly crying face emoji is usually used to express intense sadness or frustration. But it can also be used to express intense excitement. For example, some may use this emoji when they witness an unexpected act of kindness that was overwhelming to them. 

  7. Astonished Face Emoji

    The astonished face emoji can convey shock and/or astonishment. 

  8. Face Blowing a Kiss Emoji

    The face blowing a kiss emoji is used to express romance and/or being flirtatious. If you’re feeling romantic but don’t quite know what to say, this emoji is a good one to easily express those feelings without tripping over your words.

  9. unamused Face Emoji

    The unamused face emoji is often used to express annoyance and/or disappointment.

  10. Smiling Face With Sunglasses Emoji

    The sunglasses emoji expresses that something is cool or awesome; it can show approval; and/or it conveys that someone is easygoing or carefree.