Get Silly with Emoticons

This post is dedicated to Mindi Lampert who taught me how to use emoticons on a smart phone the other night at a holiday party. Thank you, Mind!! ๐Ÿ˜˜

Emoticons are the facial or pictorial expressions you see many people using in their texts and emails. In fact, they can even be used on my blog post.


I have noticed emoticons for years but never knew how to use them. Now that I know, watch out. ๐Ÿ—ฟ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿšฒ๐Ÿš ๐Ÿšƒ๐Ÿš…๐Ÿšš

The word “emoticon” is a combination of emotions and icons. You don’t need to download an app to use emoticons. You can all use them right from your smartphone.

Go into Settings on your phone. Find the “general” bar. Tap it and then look for “keyboard.” Tap “keyboard.” Then you will see the word “Emoji.” Click “Emoji.”

Leave Settings and go into Messages or Email. You will notice a “globe” button between 123 and the mic on the lower left hand side of the keyboard.

Tap the “globe.” You will see pages of emoticons and several categories to choose from. Incorporate them into your messages when appropriate like now.


To return to keyboard just tap the “globe”again. It is a lot of fun.