Since Animojis were unveiled by Apple back in 2017, Android users have been wishing the feature would come to their trusty Android devices. And while those people are still waiting, though it’s unlikely it will happen, other developers have taken it upon themselves to develop apps that can scratch that itch for Animojis.
The Animoji feature is already restricted to more recent iOS devices, but many of the apps developed for Android that provide a similar feature can be enjoyed by a whole host of different Android devices. So, reasonably, your Android device should support, provided it isn’t too old.
While Android users are currently locked away from using Apple’s own Animojis, thankfully, there’s an alternative, several in fact. If you were wondering how to get Animoji on Android, you’ve come to the right place.
What is Animoji?
Animojis are alternate “masks” for your face to wear, however, the mask is entirely 3D. But unlike masks, Animojis are, well, animated–a portmanteau of “animated” and “emojis.”
Whenever you use an Animoji, it will react and contort its face to mimic your own facial expressions.
Get Animojis with Kwai – Video Social Network
Kwai is more than just an app to make silly faces with Animojis, or as Kwai likes to call them “Kmojis.” It’s an entire social network ecosystem built around, well, being social. You can share photos and upload videos. Follow friends and have people follow you.
But more importantly, you can use Animojis to spice up your social media content.
1. Locate and launch the Google Play Store. Select the search bar at the top of your screen and search for “Kwai – Video Social Network” and select it from the search results.
2. On the app page, tap Install.
3. Locate and launch the Kwai – Video Social Network app. Its app icon is an orange camcorder. You can open the Kwai – Video Social Network app from one of your home screens (swipe back and forth to reveal more home screens). If you can’t find the Kwai – Video Social Network app on your home screen, check inside your App Drawer, where all of your currently installed apps are housed.
4. Once opened, you’ll have to sign up to Kwai if you have any intentions of using their Animojis or Kmojis.
5. Once you have an account, sign in if you aren’t already. To start using Animojis, tap the Video button in the top right corner of your screen.
6. In the lower left corner of your screen, to the left of the Record button, you’ll see a smiley face icon. Go ahead and select it.
7. In your Animoji menu, go ahead and choose the one you want. Some may require a download.
8. Once selected, you’ll see your head change to the Animoji you chose.
Unfortunately, there is one itty bitty downside and that’s Kwai’s Animoji’s do not support any tongue movements. If you noticed, Apple’s Animojis will track your tongue and reflect your tongue in the Animoji. Kwai does not.
As a side note, if you use TikTok often, you can take your videos over to TikTok and upload them there. Since it’s a video, TikTok will have no problem handling it.
Get Animojis with Swiftkey Beta
SwiftKey Keyboard is already one of the best keyboards you can install onto your Android device. However, with SwiftKey Beta, you get the power of the keyboard and the ability to use Animojis, but SwiftKey’s animojis are slightly different.
SwiftKey Beta doesn’t support a lot of faces, none of them human. Currently there’s 5 available, all of which are animals. You can mess around with the AR, but if you want to send one, you’ll have to record it first within an app that supports videos.
1. Start by launching the Google Play Store. Its app icon is a colorful triangle. Once opened, tap the search bar at the top of the screen and search for “SwiftKey Beta.”
2. On SwiftKey Beta’s app info page, select Install.
Now, before you can use SwiftKey Beta, you’ll have to switch your keyboard in the Settings of your Android. Like so:
3. Locate and launch the Settings app. Its app icon is a gear. You can open the Settings app from one of your home screens (swipe back and forth to reveal more home screens). If you can’t find the Settings app on your home screen, check inside your App Drawer, where all of your currently installed apps are housed.
4. In your Settings menu, locate and select Language & Input. You’ll have to scroll down to find it.
5. In Language & Input, choose the Current Keyboard menu option.
6. In the popup menu, tap Choose Keyboards.
7. Now find SwiftKey Beta Keyboard and move the slider to the right. When asked if you’re sure, tap OK. Afterwards, tap the arrow in the top left corner of your screen to go back to Language & Input.
8. Tap Current Keyboard again, but this time choose SwiftKey Beta Keyboard.
9. Locate and launch the SwiftKey Beta app. You can open the SwiftKey Beta app from one of your home screens (swipe back and forth to reveal more home screens). If you can’t find the SwiftKey Beta app on your home screen, check inside your App Drawer, where all of your currently installed apps are housed.
10. Finish the installation by tapping “Get Better Predictions.” Then tap “Not Now.” You can deal with that at another time, considering it isn’t necessary at the moment.
11. Now, you can go ahead and customize your keyboard how you see fit. Once you’re finished, select Next in the bottom right corner of your screen.
12. You do not have to agree to SwiftKey Beta’s request to improve SwiftKey. You can simply select “Not Now.” Close out of the SwiftKey Beta installation.
13. Open any app, preferably a messenger app. Something like WhatsApp will do, so long as the app supports videos.
[NOTE]: The app in question needs to support videos. SwiftKey creates a video of your Animoji and its movements. If the app doesn’t support videos, you will not be able to use SwiftKey’s Animojis.
14. Tap on the text field and press the “+” sign in the top left corner of your virtual keyboard. There will be an icon that resembles an animal. That is the SwiftKey Puppet icon.
15. Aim your front facing camera at yourself. When it picks up your face, you’ll have the option of choosing between 5 different animals. Press the Record button on the right to start your video.
16. When you’re finished recording, tap the Stop button.
Download Swiftkey Beta for: Android
Android developers have only scratched the surface on what can be done with Animojis. One of the major components missing, however, is hardware. The recent Apple iOS models make use of built-in hardware that makes their Animojis incredibly accurate. You won’t find the same level of accuracy in the current selection of Animoji apps, at least not yet.
Until then, these two apps–and many others–will do just fine until Android has the same built-in hardware Apple iOS has.