8 Free emoji apps beyond what’s pre-loaded in your phone

Move over, standard list of emoticons keyboard — smartphone users have many more options.
If you’re tired of expressing yourself with the same old emoji, it’s time to check out what else is out there. From 3D-animated emoticons to emoji text, there are several new and creative ways for you to get your message across.
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We’ve rounded up eight free specialty emoji apps that will take your conversations to the next level.
  • 1. Emojidom Smileys

    Add some fun to your text messages with Emojidom, which has more than 2,000 smiley faces and stickers. From character favorites like Spiderman to smiley faces eating McDonald's, you're bound to find one you like from its collection. The app also has a handful of emoji from various ethnic backgrounds.   Emojidom Smileys is available for iOS and Android devices.

    Add some fun to your text messages with Emojidom, which has more than 2,000 smiley faces and stickers. From character favorites like Spiderman to smiley faces eating McDonald’s, you’re bound to find one you like from its collection. The app also has a handful of emoji from various ethnic backgrounds.
    Emojidom Smileys is available for iOS and Android devices.
    IMAGE: PLANTPURPLE B.V.
  • 2. 5000+ Emoji New

    Impress your friends by sending them 3D-animated emoji and text art. These icons can be used in text messages, WhatsApp, Kik, WeChat and other messaging platforms.   Emojidom Smileys is only available for iOS devices.

    Impress your friends by sending them 3D-animated emoji and text art. These icons can be used in text messages, WhatsApp, Kik, WeChat and other messaging platforms.
    Emojidom Smileys is only available for iOS devices.
    IMAGE: EMOJI
  • 3. Emoji

    With more than 20 categories to choose from, this easy-to-use app lets you select your favorite icon and send it through any messaging application. You can convey how you're feeling through emoji with facial expressions, beer, fruit, pumpkins and more. If you don't know where to start, you can choose from these categories: happy, sad, good, angry, surprise and love.   Emoji is only available for Android devices.

    With more than 20 categories to choose from, this easy-to-use app lets you select your favorite icon and send it through any messaging application. You can convey how you’re feeling through emoji with facial expressions, beer, fruit, pumpkins and more. If you don’t know where to start, you can choose from these categories: happy, sad, good, angry, surprise and love.
    Emoji is only available for Android devices.
    IMAGE: GALAXY MOBILE STUDIO
  • 4. Emoji Free

    Looking for cartoon emoji? Emoji Free has a wide selection of cartoon expressions with cats, rabbits, rubber ducks and more. Choose from static or animated emoji, emoji art and even cool emoji fonts.   Emoji Free is only available for iOS devices.

    Looking for cartoon emoji? Emoji Free has a wide selection of cartoon expressions with cats, rabbits, rubber ducks and more. Choose from static or animated emoji, emoji art and even cool emoji fonts.
    Emoji Free is only available for iOS devices.
    IMAGE: SIMON HUANG
  • 5. Emoticons for Chats

    Express what you're feeling through giraffes, pandas, bear and even water droplets. This app contains more than 2,000 emoticons, smiley faces and stickers, and can be shared on any messaging application.  Emoticons for Chats is only available for Android devices.

    Express what you’re feeling through giraffes, pandas, bear and even water droplets. This app contains more than 2,000 emoticons, smiley faces and stickers, and can be shared on any messaging application.
    Emoticons for Chats is only available for Android devices.
    IMAGE: ART AND SOUL. PERIOD
  • 6. Emoticon Art

    Emoticon Art lets you spice up plain symbols like checkmarks, question marks and arrows. Select from more than 1,000 special symbols, 150 funny emoticons and 300 smiley icons.   Emoticon Art is only available for iOS devices.

    Emoticon Art lets you spice up plain symbols like checkmarks, question marks and arrows. Select from more than 1,000 special symbols, 150 funny emoticons and 300 smiley icons.
    Emoticon Art is only available for iOS devices.
    IMAGE: JESSIE TAO
  • 7. Emoticons 344+

    Emoticons 344+ has more than just yellow smiley faces – the app offers you 3D smileys in vibrant colors.   Emoticons 344+ is only available for Android devices.

    Emoticons 344+ has more than just yellow smiley faces – the app offers you 3D smileys in vibrant colors.
    Emoticons 344+ is only available for Android devices.
    IMAGE: CROMOS ENTERTAINMENT
  • 8. Imoji

    Have you ever wanted to transform your selfies, friends and pets into an emoji? Here's your chance. Upload any image and Imoji will turn it into a sticker that you can text to others. You can also browse through other stickers that have been created.   Imoji is only available for iOS devices.

    Have you ever wanted to transform your selfies, friends and pets into an emoji? Here’s your chance. Upload any image and Imoji will turn it into a sticker that you can text to others. You can also browse through other stickers that have been created.
    Imoji is only available for iOS devices.
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