A picture is worth 1,000 words — especially when it's an emoji!
Emoticons and emoji have become a second language when it comes to text-based communications. Practically everyone online these days expresses themselves with illustrations, young and old alike. If you're looking for a new way to send the perfect emotional response in writing, we've got a list of apps with varied and unique emojis to express yourself.
You would have to live under a rock not to know who Kim Kardashian is, but her popularity was nearly superseded by the bizarre anomaly that is her personal emoji app. When you KIMOJI, you'd better watch out: Her avatar expresses herself in the most interesting of ways. You can send your enemy the middle finger, shake Kim's booty at your bae, or show off your bling on Facebook.
This is a keyboard app, which means you can use it anywhere you need to type. Once installed, all you have to do is copy one of Kim's stickers and then paste it into the text field.
If you fancy yourself a queen amongst the masses, KIMOJI will help you express yourself the way you truly feel.
Before there were stickers and little yellow icons, there were symbols, and you can go back to that ASCII art paradise with TextFaces. This keyboard app lets you add emojis based on symbols and characters: Express your anger by flipping over a table in code, or show your confusion with a shrug face.
All of these complex variations are at your fingertips: When you install the keyboard, all you have to do is tap a TextFace and it will automatically appear in the text field.
If you really want to prove that you've known about emoji since they were called "emoticons," your friends won't be able to dismiss your ಠ_ಠ.
The Rage Face is a meme that first made its appearance on the web about a decade ago; it has since become the universal symbol for irritation. You can express that irritation — plus a lot more — with SMS Rage Faces. The app has thousands of funny stickers that you can copy and paste into any text field.
Whether you're mashing up Adventure Time with Troll or just want quick access to hundreds of memes, you'll be able to tell someone exactly how you feel without using any words.
If you plan to use a Rage Face to send an SMS, you can tap a sticker to copy it, and then tap the word bubble in the upper right corner of the screen to switch directly to your iMessage app.
If you feel superior to everyone in the world and want to show your distain for your fellow beings, SMS Rage Face will make you grimace.
LINE is a messaging app that combines cuteness with social networking, and its emoji app is the perfect companion. But Line's emoji keyboard is more than an add-on for the communications app: It works anywhere a text field exists.
If you already use LINE, you'll recognize some familiar favorite characters; that said, this version does not connect to LINE's messaging server, so if you've purchased any sticker packs through there, you won't see them on this keyboard.
If you like to be cute and want to express your adorableness, grab the LINE emoji app for hundreds of sugary sweet emotions.
Fans of Ilana and Abbi will fall in love with the Comedy Central keyboard app dedicated to all things Broad City. You can send the floating head of Bevers as a reminder to your roommate to wash the dishes, or express how bummed you are to miss the party with a #FOMO. In addition to Broad City related stickers, you can copy and paste animated GIFs that reflect your current mood or send video clips of some of the most iconic moments of the show.
If you find yourself saying "Yas Kween!" or "Delete! Delete! Delete!" then you are a big enough fan of Broad City to enjoy their dedicated keyboard app.
With Solve the Emoji, you can practice your emoji skills. Unlike many of our other recommendations, this isn't a third-party keyboard, but a game: You will be presented with two or more emojis and must figure out what they are supposed to represent. It's great for helping you get creative with your text-based emotions.
Each round, you are shown a set of emojis. When you tap the letters below, you create the words you think the emoji represents. Each game has nearly 1000 rounds; you earn five coins for each successfully-solved round. If you get stuck, you can buy hints with the coins you earn.
If you want to hone your emoji skills, and maybe get some ideas for clever combos, play Solve the Emoji.
Bitmoji scores an honorable mention on this list because we've already included it on our third-party keyboard apps roundup. We love Bitmoji so much, however, that it felt wrong not to include the toon-based keyboard.
You can really express your personal feelings with Bitmoji: Create an avatar of yourself; that avatar will then take on the form of thousands of different emoji.
If you want to tell people how you really feel while making them feel like you are watching them, get Bitmoji.