How to use Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ Emoji

The Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ are packed with great features. From large Infinity displays, to water resistance and more. That's not all, the company has also provided more than 600 Galaxy S8 emoji options for users. If you use emoji more than words, this is the phone for you. That said, here's how to use the Galaxy S8 emoji.

On the Galaxy S6 or S7 last year running Android 6.0 Marshmallow, there were just over 200 choices. With the Galaxy S8, the emoji game has improved by leaps and bounds. For starters, here's a changelog of the new emoji then read on for more details.

To be exact, the Galaxy S8 has all the latest emoji updates and over 640 characters or images to choose from. This means owners can express themselves in more ways than ever before. These are easy to find, available right in the original keyboard, and no downloads or changes to settings required.

There are dozens of emoji keyboards available on the Google Play Store. Not to mention add-on apps that combine additional emoji options to popular text messaging apps like Textra. Some even allow you to add iOS emoji. However, Samsung Galaxy S8 owners will have none of that. We have one of the largest collections pre-installed directly on the device.

Whether you're texting a friend or posting a message on Facebook, the options are the same. There's a dedicated little key right on the keyboard that gives instant access to over 600 emoji on the Galaxy S8 or S8+.

How to Use Galaxy S8 Emoji

If you have ever used emoji on a Samsung device, you will feel right at home. The overall look of the keyboard has changed a bit, but the steps remain the same. This means that two buttons to the left of the spacebar are where all the emoji are ready and waiting.

You get all the functionality of the original Samsung keyboard and emoji all in one. Like gesture typing, word prediction and more. Here's how to find them in Messages, Facebook Messenger, Google Hangouts and more.

Just start by opening a text message or Facebook post, and open the keyboard if you haven't already. Those using Samsung's stock messaging app will see a "smiley face" right next to the send button and input field. Tap it and you're done.

Alternatively, those using another text app or Facebook will need to open it a different way. Near the bottom left, right next to the comma is a button with a smiley face emoji and a small microphone for voice commands.

Tap that smiley button to open the emoji keyboard, or long press for even more options with emoji. Once you tap on it, the entire emoji collection is available. Each page will have a full collection, and swiping left or right will cycle through them.

You will know how many pages of that specific emoji style are available from the dots under the images. There are also shortcuts to choose a different style under the selection. Swipe right to left to cycle through all available Galaxy S8 emoji.

Other details

For those unaware, the second icon on the Galaxy S8 emoji keyboard is a clock. It actually stands for "recent" which shows all recently used emoji. Perfect for those who always stick to the same few emoji over and over again. Makes it easier and faster to use your favorites.

Once you're done, just tap the little rectangular keyboard icon in the bottom left. It will revert to a normal keyboard so you can finish composing a message or email.

That's all there is to it. For 2017, Samsung added over 640 different emoji to the Galaxy S8. Complete with gender-specific emoji for working men and women, animals, middle finger, new foods like a taco or burrito and more. There is even a collection of men and women using Samsung-branded laptops. All told, this update brings Samsung into line with Emoji 4.0 standards, plus a few extras. Now start typing and using fun emoji on your new phone.