Turn yourself into an emoji on your Galaxy phone or tablet

Creating self emoji on Galaxy S22 Ultra

Do you enjoy using emojis and selfies to communicate? Galaxy phones and tablets offer a fun feature: personalized emojis! With this feature, available on select models running Android 9.0 or later, you can transform into an emoji yourself. Starting with a selfie, you can customize your look and express yourself in unique ways, whether through texts or as photo stickers.

Creating and editing your emoji

Before saving your emoji, note that on certain devices, fine-tuning is only possible at the initial creation stage. Here's how to create and edit your emoji:

  1. Open the Camera app, select MORE, and choose AR ZONE.

  2. Tap on either AR Emoji Camera or AR Emoji Studio.

    AR Zone in the Camera app
  3. Follow the on-screen prompts to create your emoji and tap Next, then All done.

  4. To use additional options, return to AR Zone and select your editing tool.

Personalizing messages

To share your emojis using the Samsung keyboard (other keyboards may not support this):

  1. Open a messaging app and tap the text field.

  2. Choose the smiling emoji on the keyboard, then select your AR Emoji.

  3. Pick a GIF or sticker and hit Send.

AR emojis available to send in a message

You'll find various options like emojis, GIFs, and custom stickers in the emoji menu. If you're looking to streamline your experience, you can customize keyboard shortcuts by adding or removing them in the Samsung Messages app settings.

Add or remove emoji keyboard shortcuts

Are you always relying on stickers and gifs from one keyboard shortcut but don’t really use other ones? Or, maybe one sticker set isn’t really your style. No worries, you can add or remove your emoji keyboard shortcuts to suit your preferences.

  1. Open Samsung Messages, and then open a text conversation. 

  2. Next, tap the Emoji icon (the smiley face) next to the text field or in the keyboard. 

  3. Swipe all the way to the left and then tap the Settings icon.

  4. A list of all available keyboard shortcuts will appear. Tap the switch next to the shortcuts you would like to add or remove.

  5. Tap Back; now only the shortcuts you enabled will appear in the Samsung Keyboard.

List of Emoji shortcuts with switches on a Galaxy phone

Taking photos and videos

With your emoji set up, explore photo and video options in the Camera app under AR Zone. Modes like Scene, Mask, Mirror, and Play allow for creative expressions with your emoji in different contexts.

Using Play mode to customize an emoji

Managing your emojis

To delete or manage your emojis and their stickers, navigate through the Camera app to AR Zone, then to AR Emoji Camera, and into the Settings. Here, you can delete or adjust your creations.

AR Emoji Camera settings screen

Exploring AR Doodle

Create AR Doodle videos for fun or special messages. Use the Camera app to access AR Doodle, choose your tools, and draw in augmented reality. Your creations can be recorded and saved.

What’s new: Emoji Studio

On the latest phones, emojis are revamped with more customization options, including age and gender neutrality, outfit downloads, and personalization features. Visit the My Emoji home screen via the Camera app and AR Zone to explore these new capabilities.

Creating a character in the AR Emoji Studio
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