Add Emoji Icons on Samsung Galaxy S2

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Do you have friends with iPhones who are using Emoji when sending SMS messages? Your Samsung Galaxy 2 can recognize Emoji, but sadly, cannot create them by default. In this how to, we will walk you through the steps necessary to get Emoji on your Samsung Galaxy S2, so that you can message your iPhone using friends with Emoji too. The process involves downloading two applications (technically one application and one add-on) to your Samsung Galaxy S2. Follow the procedures and you should be able to enjoy Emoji on your device in no time.

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How to add Emoji on your Samsung Galaxy S2 - Video


How to install Handcent SMS on your Samsung Galaxy S2

This section of the guide describes how to install the Handcent SMS App

If you prefer to directly download the App, you can use this link. Otherwise, we recommend the steps in this guide for the most up to date version.

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    On your home menu, tap on the Applications drawer icon.
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    On your Application drawer, look for the "Play Store" app icon.
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    Search for the keyword "Handcent SMS" on the search button (upper right, magnifying glass icon).
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    Tap on the first result from the list.
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    Download and install the application by tapping the "Install" button.
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    Handcent SMS should automatically install after completion of download.
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    Now you can see the Handcent SMS icon on your Application drawer.
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    Make Handcent SMS your default SMS messaging application.
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Installing the Emoji Pack for Handcent SMS on your Samsung Galaxy S2 - Method One

This section describes how to install the Emoji Plugin for the Handcent SMS App

We recommend using the steps provided by VisiHow to ensure the latest version, but if you prefer to download your own plugins, here is a link:

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    On the Chat box, go to the "Emoji" tab.
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    Click on the "Install plugin" button.
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    This will take you to the Google Play Store, "Handcent Emoji Plugin".
    Install and download the app.
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Installing the Emoji Pack for Handcent SMS on your Samsung Galaxy S2 - Method Two

This is another method you can use to install the Handcent Emoji Plugin

This VisiHow guide lists the best way to get the most up to date version of the Handcent Emoji App, but we understand that some users will prefer to download it themselves, and so have provided this direct link to the Google Play Store:

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    Tap your "Home" button, and tap on the Application drawer icon.
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    On your Application drawer, look for the Play Store app icon.
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    Search for the keyword "Handcent Emoji Plugin" on the search button (upper right, magnifying glass icon).
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    Tap on the first result from the list.
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    Download and install the application by tapping the "Install" button.
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    The Handcent Emoji Plug-in should automatically install and be added to Handcent SMS after completion of the download.
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    After installation, go back to the "Emoji" tab and you should now see the additional Emoji.
    Check the screenshots below:
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Using Emoji on your Samsung Galaxy S2

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    On your home menu, tap on the Application drawer icon.
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    On your Application drawer, look for the Handcent SMS icon.
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    Tap on it and the application should open.
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    Make a new SMS.
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    Tap on the "Menu" button should you want to insert an Emoji
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    Tap on "Insert Smiley", when Handcent SMS settings show.
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    Tap on "Emoji", an then you will be shown these three options, Standard smileys, Emoji and Settings.
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    A list of Emoji icons that you can use will appear.
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    Start using your Emoji!
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Free SMS messaging on the Samsung Galaxy S2

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    Go to the login screen.
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    If you do not have an account yet:
    You need to register by clicking the "Don't have an account? Sign up now!" link. Note: Registration is absolutely free.
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    To register, you'll need to select an account name, account password, and an email address.
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    When you're done, click the "Register" button.
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    Log in and enjoy your free SMS messaging.
    Note: For free SMS, you need to have internet access (WiFi) and your friends must also have the apps we've discussed here installed on their phone.
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Which Emoji app works best for Samsung Galaxy S2?

All of the Emoji applications and tutorials discussed here works for Samsung Galaxy S2. However, if you want to be on the safe side and do not want to mess with your phone, then you may use Handcent SMS instead.

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What are the advantages of using Handcent SMS?

The following are advantages of using Handcent SMS over other methods:

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    Handcent does not modify your system files, and does not require special steps.
    It's simply a download, install, and use kind of application. Some other applications will require you to modify your phone's internal files. If you're not that technologically inclined, you could mess up big time and cause problems with your device.
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    Handcent is updated regularly.
    Because Handcent's main feature is the messaging and there are millions of people using Handcent, developers are able to build and support more products.
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    Handcent is more stable, and has been on the Google Play store for a long time.
    The developers continue to make changes and updates in support of the product.
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What are the disadvantages of using Handcent SMS

The following are disadvantages or inconveniences associated with using Handcent SMS:

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    It forces you to use Handcent instead of other messaging applications.
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    You cannot use easily use Handcent to directly post Emoji icons to Facebook.
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Notes on Using Handcent with your Samsung Galaxy S2

  • You can send Emoji and animated pictures (gif files) using Handcent Services.
  • Send Free SMS Emoji messages through WiFi connection. Your friends must also have the the app installed on their phone.
  • You can also send your SMS Emoji messages through 3G connections.
  • Internet connection is required for the download to complete and initiate.
  • Charges may be incurred if you are using your network's data connection.
  • Data connection charges vary by provider.

Questions and Answers

I can send a message through handcent but when some receive my message it appear as symbol?

Handcent problem cannot follow the language settings

Are you sending your Handcent texts with emoticons? Your recipient will also need to have the Handcent app installed in order to view the emoticons, otherwise, they will show up as symbols or unknown blocks. This is a limitation on the Android operating system that requires the sender and the receiver to have the same app installed in order to view the emoticons sent.

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How do I get an Emoji keyboard on my Samsung Galaxy S2?

I want to have an Emoji keyboard. Can you help me?

Sure, I can give you a link to what I think is the best Emoji keyboard that you can use on your Samsung Galaxy S2, and here's why:

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    It Provides a lot of Emoji for use.
    This is great, because there is no such thing as too many Emoji!
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    It works on all social networking applications.
    Ever tried to use other methods with Facebook or Twitter? Then you know why this is good to have!
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    You don't have to download a full third party messaging application.
    The less downloaded, the better, as I see it.
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    Best of all, it decodes incoming Emoji - so you can see your Emoji from everyone.
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You can download this application from the Google Play store for free, just visit the Emoji Keyboard for Samsung Galaxy S2 download link.

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How do I make Emoji appear on my phone?

Why is it that every time I try to use Emoji on my Samsung Galaxy S2, boxes only appear instead of Emoji?

On your Samsung Galaxy S2, in order to make Emoji appear, you need to either download and install a third party application like Handcent, which we discussed in this guide, or you are going to need to download a third party keyboard. The person who answered the above question suggested suggested a good keyboard that will allow you to send and decode incoming Emoji on your Galaxy S2.

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Honestly, I use a Samsung Galaxy S2 and a third party keyboard just to decode Emoji so that they would not appear as boxes or other symbols. My friend uses the keyboard to type, and then uses Handcent to send free SMS messages, so it's really how you use it for what works best to you.

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Here are some links to the Google Play store so that you can download the applications to your Samsung Galaxy S2 to be able to decode Emoji on your device:

Those links should be able to download the application directly to your Samsung Galaxy S2 - just make sure you check the user comments and reviews. Sometimes applications can change.

So If you download those apps you will be able to get the emoticons?

Also will you be able to use them on regular messaging?

The way emoji's work on the Android platform is different from the Apple platform. Apple's iOS has the Emoji characters built in, but Android does not. In order for you and your friends to view Emoji, everyone will need the same Emoji keyboard and plugins installed, or an Emoji keyboard that can decode, like the ones suggested in earlier questions here.

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What good Emoji apps are available for Samsung Galaxy SII?

I am trying to look for a good Emoji app that can be used on platforms such as Dayre, Facebook, SMS, etc.

If using Handcent did not work for you, the I can recommend trying one of the Emoji keyboards from the Google Play store that also decodes Emoji characters. It is a little more involved to install, but might be easier for you than using Handcent.

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How to get Emoji on my phone?

What apps do I need to get embodies?

To get Emoji on your Samsung Galaxy S2, you just need the Handcent App and the Emoji Keyboard Plugin. Just use these two links that were listed earlier in the guide:

I want Emoji on Samsung but on SNAPCHAT too

I want the Emoji but not for just texting

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How to Use Emoji on the Galaxy S2?

How to Use Emoji on the Galaxy S2

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How to see Emoji people send and how to send them?

I want to see & send Emoji on my Galaxy S2 & whenever someone sends me Emoji, it's just boxes

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What account name Samsung is it?

Stuck with account name, got emails for a few accounts but not sure what I need to do, help

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My SMS conversations disappeared, I am using Hangouts SMS, so I can see my girlfriend's emoticons from her iPhone. Is there a way to get through this?

I'm using "Hangouts" on my Galaxy S2. The SMS conversations that I'm having disappear once I leave the conversation, or if my screen times out and I hit my power button to bring the screen back on.... the message leaves the screen as I'm seeing the screen come back on. How can I stop that from happening? I already uninstalled the app and re-installed. I also have an emoji type keyboard I use in conjunction with this. I also noticed that sometimes the messages would appear in my regular texting screen as well, but not always, and definitely not when there is an emoticon involved that is not Android type.

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How can I insert emoji option on keyboard in my Android phone?

I can 't use emotions on my keyboard during messaging or commenting while using Facebook

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Help don't know how to add Emoji?

Can you show me how to add Emoji to my phone please?

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