The emoji is an excellent way to make your messages more dynamic or to make your texts more expressive. There are several thousand emojis and new ones are added every year. But what you probably don’t know yet is that the Gboard keyboard has hundreds of hidden colored icons. Let’s see how to unlock these emojis.
Pairing two existing emojis to create a new one
As indispensable as punctuation marks, emojis have totally transformed our way of communicating. These small colored symbols are used in messages to express all kinds of emotions (sadness, joy, surprise, anger, disgust etc..).
Whether you want to express your love to your other half or encourage your children to do their homework, you will inevitably find an emoji adapted to your mood or your state of mind. Here’s how to use emojis on Android. But be careful, there’s no question of using them indiscriminately.
Indeed, these multicolored icons can replace words and sometimes even entire sentences. And if you think that the thousands of emojis currently available on Android are not enough to express the depths of the human soul, you’ll be happy to discover the Emojis Kitchen feature.
Under this (somewhat strange) title hides the new function implemented by Google on its keyboard application Gboard. The objective of this one is to allow users to create an icon that is as close as possible to the feeling felt when typing a message.
To do this, the Gboard app will take two existing emojis and mix them to obtain an icon that best fits your state of mind. You can for example combine a smiling face with the head of a little pig. The mix is then automatically transformed into an image so that it can be read on any device or platform.
How to create a custom emoticon with the Emojis Kitchen feature
Among all the features tested in the last few weeks, the Emojis Kitchen is at the top of the list. Why do you say? Simply because a picture is worth a thousand words.
When you are a fervent user (like me) of these colored icons, you can never have enough of them. So imagine the joy of creating a totally new emoji. And the best part is that it works on all messaging platforms: Facebook Messenger, Telegram, WhatsApp etc..
- Make sure Gboard is your default input app
- If needed, you can download the Google keyboard from the Play Store
- Launch your favorite messaging service (in this example we’ll use WhatsApp but it works with other platforms)
- Open the chat of your choice
- Click on the text entry box to cause the virtual keyboard to open virtual keyboard
- Click on the emoji icon in the lower left corner
- Be careful not to confuse it with the emoticon function integrated in WhatsApp which is located on the left of the input field
- Click on an emoji
- Gboard will offer you different variations of this icon
- If the result is not suitable for you select a second emoji
Gboard will then mix its two icons to create a new one. You can for example mix a crying face with a sun. Very useful when you get a bad sunburn.
Obviously all combinations are not possible. However the designers at Google have done a great job. And important detail, this feature is not only limited to faces, it also supports animals.
The possibility of combining two emojis is particularly fun. But beware, some icons may surprise you. I’m thinking of the avocado (the fruit) with spider pasta or the hot dog bathed in coffee.