Look, not every tip needs to be about extending battery life or accessing things more easily. Today we've got some smiley faces and stuff. It turns out you can use Emoji in homescreen folder names, which is neat.


Just pop open a folder and tap on the title like usual, then (on the Google Keyboard) long-press the 'Done' button to switch to Emoji. This might be different if you're not using the Google Keyboard, though. The only issue you have to deal with is a weird rendering quirk when the folder is closed – a few dark lines behind the Emoji. It looks a little odd, but it's not as noticeable on all images. There's a bug in the issue tracker for it.


This works best on Android 4.4, which has proper support for colorful Emoji, but you might have some luck with Android 4.3 as well. Have fun.

[Thanks, @Drodzand]

Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

He's the author of a sci-fi novel called The Crooked City, which is available on Amazon and Google Play.

  • http://google.com/+DavidJohnson David J

    I figured this out back in November. Some have those lines so I stopped doing it.

  • http://grubdl.com/ Huy

    thanks :)

    • Ralph

      If this was never posted, I'd have never thought of it. Neat.

  • Harsha

    >Reads this post title in twitter
    >Goes to the home screen and puts lots of emoji as folder name
    >Opens this post to see whether that's how it's done
    >Darn! I missed it that much by using SwiftKey

    Now I know I can use emoji anywhere I want in my phone ๐Ÿ™

  • http://plus.google.com/u/0/+JonasHackenberg Jonas Hackenberg

    I use this for ChromeCast names. :)

    • http://google.com/+DavidJohnson David J

      I've used it to make my WiFi hotspot ;)

      • DoubleP90

        My new hotspot, lol :D

        • https://play.google.com/store/apps/developer?id=iWizard Bikram Agarwal

          So, your hotspot shows up with four square boxes at the end of its name on non-android devices?

          • xnadax

            I think the emoji will also show on iPhones, Macs and PCs with recent versions of Windows, since they too have emoji support.

          • DoubleP90

            It shows as hidden network (on windows 8.1)

  • dan e

    I guess those black lines will be fixed in next Google Now Launcher update now that AndroidPolice mentioned them

  • Crispin Swickard

    Good to know I can now name a folder monkey head, poop if I ever need to.

  • Guest

    Cool feature :D

  • DoubleP90

    Cool :D

    • http://twitter.com/anishbhalerao Anish Bhalerao

      Congratulations on winning the Internets for today, sir!

      Would you like a Donut? Or a KitKat? Oh well, you have both already! :D

  • DoubleP90

    This also works in Google+ posts, although emojis are visible only on the Google+ android app, not on the desktop version

    • nawa

      They aren't visible on desktop because Windows

      • http://google.com/+DavidJohnson David J

        There's an extension to fix that.

      • Brandon Smith

        Nah, that's not entirely true. While it's true that Windows lacks emojis, they could be visibile if Google includes their emoji font with the website. See how Twitter and Facebook have their own emojis that work on any platform.

      • ddpacino

        This. ChromeOS seems to have the old JB, black and white icons support at least (hope they update to use the new KK set), Mac seems to have full Emoji support and Windows.... doze.

      • xnadax

        Newer versions of Windows have color emoji support. Windows 7 has black and white emoji support if you install an update from Microsoft.

    • http://google.com/+DavidJohnson David J

      Lol, emojis work almost everywhere on Android. I think everyone knows G+ works.

      • ddpacino

        If you're on KK and up...

  • http://www.twitter.com/italofigueired Italo F.

    I want that background!

    • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

      Isn't it stock for Google Now Launcher?

      • Cesar

        Um, no...

    • RyanWhitwam

      You can get it here: http://knok.in/behang/

      • http://www.twitter.com/italofigueired Italo F.

        Thank you!

  • DoubleP90

    Works with contacts aswell, basically it works everywhere where you can input text

    • http://google.com/+DavidJohnson David J

      Hence the "Emoji Everywhere" feature name back in November

  • http://twitter.com/Rodrigost23 Rodrigo Tavares

    I used emoji in the homescreen on 4.3, when they were monochromatic, and if I remember well, there wasn't those lines - they started to appear with KitKat, with colorful emoji.

  • Matthew Fry

    Use dark wallpaper, problem solved.

    • Cj

      Problem masked ;)

    • https://play.google.com/store/apps/developer?id=iWizard Bikram Agarwal

      I'm not seeing the distortion even on a light wallpaper. Yayy.

  • http://thepolymath.in/ Deepansh Khurana

    I thought everyone knew this. :P

    • https://play.google.com/store/apps/developer?id=iWizard Bikram Agarwal

      Nope, I didn't. I've understood this over the years that no matter how trivial something sounds, there are always people who might not know what you think everyone knows. :)

      • http://thepolymath.in/ Deepansh Khurana


  • Martin

    Lol those Android emoji are ugly as F... Touchwiz are so much better.

    • Ishmeet kalra

      Even I like those better. But sometimes wish that OEMs would start using the ones from whatsapp, those are quite neat and good looking l, in my opinion

      • Abhilash Bingi

        I find the ones in Android 4.4 are so much better! They look very cartoonish and fun instead of trying to look real, like some of the Whatsapp emoji.

        • http://ignaciozippy.com/ Ignacio Zippy

          WhatsApp's emoji are actually from iOS.

    • xnadax

      According to a recent scientific study, you are wrong. The Android emoji are actually very cute.

      • Martin

        I don't care about studies.. I have my own opinion.. And you are free to disagree. I would love if they at least give you a choice witch one to use.. For me those one are really ugly, love Samsung's :-)))

        • _artem_

          That says guy with an ugly transsexual "chick" on his avatar

          • Robabobbob

            Not really my cup of tea but I believe this is who you are referring to as a transsexual chick: http://popliv.com/instagram/user/ladyvamp13/. Never really understood people who have avatars of other real people.

          • Martin

            If you are guy and you put some other guy's picture.. I agree.. When you are a guy and you like HOT chick, it's OK for forums, or sites like this.. Not your cup of tea? Sorry but you don't know what to drink.

          • Robabobbob

            Hey it takes all sorts I just prefer my tea without the artificial ingredients :)

          • Martin

            Hey everything is better with a little (or a lot) silicone.. Bigger is better :D

          • _artem_

            Natural A is better than silicon DD. Grow, kid

          • Martin

            Is this what you are saying to girls about your small dick? Small is better than nothing? :-))))

          • MistiXF

            Wrong. Silicone parts are made for toys. Get it?

          • Martin

            Ahahahhah said the guy with childish avatar.. Pretty sure you are virgin... So sad people like you exist.. See yourself then watch people. :-))) Google Lady Vampua..

            All I can say :-)))

          • _artem_

            Omfg so many fails in such a short post. 1st I'm not a virgin, 2nd I guess I'm older than you are (I'm 25), 3rd if linux and open-source means childish to you hmm ok (yep it's a opensuse linux open-source artworks slightly modified by me, that's what open-source means, however I'm not even opensuse user, gentoo is my choice, I just like that gecko logo), 4th just look at these lips, you get those when you try doing cunnilingus to a beehive (I'm pretty sure virgin like you doesn't even know what cunnilingus is, or how real woman tastes :-) ) keep wanking on duck lips kid :-) Google cunnilingus
            Double Flip off
            All I can say :-)

          • Martin

            I am 26 idiot. And still pretty sure you are virgin.. Did you learn about cunnilingus in Wikipedia? There is no way some girl to be so desperate to make the mistake with you.. Some things are just impossible.. Linux modified by me.. Bla bla.. Ahah the saddest part is that you don't realize how pathetic you are.. And by your last comment "Natural A is better than silicone DD" I guess you are the one who likes trannies.. Whatsoever.. Live your virgin and wrong life.. I don't care about you.. To have winners there need to be and losers.. :-))) Oh and my first language is not English... So bad point :-)) Now put those middle fingers where you hold them most of the time.. In your a** :-)

          • _artem_

            You are such a trololo. "I'm 26 idiot" c'mon we had no doubt about it... that you are an idiot, you didn't have to explicitly tell that to the whole world, every one just knew that already. About dick size: Napoleon Bonaparte had just 9 cm dick and he had more women than you'll ever have, so not the size is important but the way you handle with your dick. Learn to read โ€” modified not linux but open-sourced artworks (read: Graphics, logo).
            Discussion is over, your diagnosis: moron by birth, Anencephaly (I just wonder how you was able to live for 26 years, those with no brain don't live more than couple of hours).
            Btw my dick is the way bigger than Napoleon's just for the case you care about it which is probably true because you're to much talking about my "virginity" and about my dick, which you as a guy probably shouldn't care about. You're latent homosexual. Just kill yaself โ€” make the world a bit better by eliminating stupidity like yours...

          • Martin

            You are calling me homo? Said the guy who knows how big is Napoleon Bonaparte's dick :D I will just smile and move on.. You are too dumb to realize how pathetic you are.. :-)

          • _artem_

            Said the guy who tried to estimate the size of my dick. Get into your dumb, moronic head: discussion is over.
            Seams your dad loved you to much from behind. Freaking homo fag.

          • Martin

            Ahahahhah said the guy with childish avatar.. Are you 10 or what?Pretty sure you are virgin.. So sad people like you exist.. See yourself then watch people. :-))) Google Lady Vampua..

        • http://mwinter.in/ Yan Gabriel Minรกrio

          Naturally big FTW

    • Layman76

      Are you joking? The TouchWiz ones are so generic, boring, and unlively. They look exactly like the ones on iOS and Facebook. It looks like something from 2010.

      • Martin

        You are calling boring touchwiz ones, and cool to this boring and ugly androsh*ts? Most of them even don't have the right expression.. But we are different people, we can't like the same thing.

  • http://www.fullmoonblog.com/ Flatlinebb

    And now to spend 30 mins sifting through all the Emoji to find that perfect one for each folder. Thanks!

    • sharon rikkileah

      lol! Oh ya might get deeply addicted ah ha ha! I've spent "hours" already ๐Ÿ˜ฑ editing my bookmark urls, files (now much easier to find), contacts & notes inside contacts lol & folders, an i'm not even done yet! COPY A FEW ONTO UR CLIPBOARD so when the emoji icon doesn't show up (it won't in some sites), you'll have some to use! i wonder why EMOTIO'CONS won't show up on a few blogs like here, only in B & W generic format, BOOOO! ๐Ÿ‘ป lol ok.... WHY ๐Ÿ˜” are photos so blurry on here? are they blurry to anyone else? lol. that never happened to me b4, except here, tried quite a few. ๐Ÿ˜ซ dammmm!

      • Sigmund

        Your system font gave me cancer :(

    • sharon rikkileah

      I spent hours! lmao! i put them in for my files, bookmark urls & contacts (also in contacts for notes). for some reason tho they don't show up in blogs like here. anyone know why??? here's a photo of the REAL lookin emoticons I have lol. .....are THESE what ya'll have or the ones that look almost like these? lol

  • Daniel Gimpelman

    Nice One!

  • ddpacino

    I actually despise of this practice :(

  • Mystery Man


  • Yuku Sugianto

    Unfortunately you can't use emojis in contact names and get Google Contact sync working.

    • Gabriel Fรฉron

      This. I came here to see if people were having the same issue, the contact sync stopped working on my phone in May when I started labeling my contacts.

  • scuttlefield

    Funny, I just came across this a couple weeks ago. It's kismet!

  • Generalis


  • Lisandro O Oocks

    NOooo, now everybody knows my secret to happiness. Darn..

  • http://twitter.com/qngml KONG!

    Done! Lol!

  • Simon Belmont

    Now if only SwiftKey would bring emoji to the stable version of their app, I could do this easier. Otherwise I have to temporarily switch to the Google Keyboard.

    Still a neat trick. Didn't know about it.

  • primalxconvoy

    The irony is that in Japan, home of emoji, there is no updated Google keyboard, meaning the sideloaded one doesn't support emoji...

  • Karan Shrof Karan Shrof

    you solved my wallpaper problem, it was little annoyed

  • sharon rikkileah

    ahhhhh! BUT, if ya use the SAMSUNG keyboard, not only will you have "REAL EMOJI'S" (not those fake cartoon looking ones), you CAN add them into your contacts, folder names, bookmarks names $ file names! and if you save some to the clipboard, you can put them places even when your emoji icon on the keyboard does not show up! figured this out a month ago! LOVE MY SMILEYS!!!! ahaaa