The next wave of emoji are here.
With the limited characters currently available on iPhones, custom emoji have become incredibly popular, including full sets for Game of Thrones, Seinfeld, and Doctor Who. Except, we quickly realized, they came with one giant flaw.
We couldn’t actually use them in real life.
But, alas, there is hope! You can you now use our Whomoji and even make your own characters to suit your deepest wishes on your iPhone (sorry, Android users).
1) Download imojiapp.
I found imojiapp to be most useful when it came to uploading customizable emoji, and even better, it’s free in the iTunes App Store. (Android users, if you know of an equivalent, let us know in the comments.)
2) Make an account.
Fairly straightforward. You can either sign up using an email address or linking to Facebook, but you’ll need to create a username and password.
3) Explore a bit.
If the creative juices aren’t flowing, you might as well check out what people have already uploaded. You can also make your own by uploading the images. I checked in on an Internet staple, and he is alive and well on imojiapp.
If you’re only planning to use custom emoji and not make any of your own, the search bar is how you find what you need. Get specific, and check your spelling. It works off what people tag. Search “Whomoji” for our Doctor Who emoji, and they should all come up.
4) Start uploading.
Now that you’ve looked around, you’re ready to start creating some emoji of your own. With a new card, click on the yellow head (it should be the only item on that card) where you’ll be prompted to take a photo, find a web image, or upload a photo you already have.
Once you have your photo, you’ll be asked to crop it and perform any edits. The app suggests enlarging it so it’s close to the circle’s limits (but doesn’t get cropped off by it). Click the check mark when you're ready.
5) Tag and decide how public you want your emoji.
The tags are essential for other people find your emoji, so try to be as specific as you can. For Matt Smith’s Doctor, I used “Eleventh Doctor,” “Matt Smith,” “Doctor Who,” and “Whomoji” in case people decide to look for it under other search terms.
6) Repeat steps 4 and 5 until you’ve uploaded everything.
You’ll need to keep a couple things in mind here. First, the bigger the original image the better it will look when sized down (although it may ultimately create a bigger emoji than you’re used to using). And second, you can only upload a maximum of eight emoji into one wheel, but we’ve yet to find the limit of how many wheels you can use. For the Whomoji, I ended up needing two wheels.
7) Start sending!
Once you see an emoji you want to send, click on it and hold it until a number of bubbles come up. You can send it through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Messenger, or you could just use an old-fashioned text message. Drag the emoji to the preferred mode of communication and once you’ve typed in your message, press send.
Android users, this is where you get to have in on some of the fun. You might not be able to download the app, but your phone is still perfectly capable of receiving custom emoji.
There you have it. The possibilities are endless.
Photo via Robert Scoble/Flickr (CC BY 2.0) | Remix by Jason Reed