10 emojis you send that might look very different on someone else's phone

Not all emojis are created equally.

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Earlier this week was World Emoji Day, and in the spirit of celebrating how vital these new-age hieroglyphics are to just about everyone on earth, we’re taking a deeper look into the popular platform variations of everyone’s favorite Webdings replacement (#tbt).

As the owner of an IPhone, I wrongfully assumed that the emoji library I was using and abusing looked the same as everyone else’s. It wasn’t until I had helped a friend draft up a “witty response” to a romantic prospect that I noticed a significant difference in the design of her emojis as opposed to my own. With her Samsung Galaxy in hand, staring at what was supposed to be the go-to flirting emoji, I thought, “yikes, this smirking face is not cute.”

After paying a visit to Emojipedia, and spending hours browsing through the variations of emoji symbols, I realized the design of the emoji greatly affects the way in which we use and interpret them. Platform vendors such as Apple, Samsung, LG, Google, Microsoft and HTC use their own emoji images and designs on their smartphones. Be warned: Creepy dark moon emoji does not carry over to each platform.

With that in mind, here are 10 emojis that look different across the 6 smartphone platforms.


1. Smirking Face

Smirking
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Apple’s smirk has the devious edge we all need in our lives, while Samsung’s smirk looks a little sleepy.

2. Ghost Emoji

Ghost
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Looks like the innocently playful ghost turns terrified with Samsung.

3. Face with Rolling eyes

Rolling Eyes
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Samsung once again missing the boat, while HTC is simply on another island.

4. New Moon Face

Moon
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Also known as “creepy moon face” to those with Apple, which is unfortunate for every other platform since theirs are pretty darn cute.

5. Pile of poo

Poo
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HTC cuts the crap by removing the poop emoji’s characteristic smile.

6. Woman Dancer

Dancing
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Your girl’s night out group chat would look a whole lot different on a Samsung, LG, or HTC phone.

7. Astonished face

Astonished
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Would anyone else only buy a Samsung phone if only for this astonished face emoji? Just me?

8. Pistol

Pistol
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You can no longer hunt other emojis on an Apple phone-- but we’re definitely digging the water gun.

9. Raising Hands

Hands
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The go-to, celebratory “Bless up” hands sort of look like my nephew asking to be picked up across Samsung and HTC.

10. Alien Monster

Alien
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Who actually uses the alien monster emoji in conversation? No one. But we should all start, because they look amazing on every platform except for Apple and Microsoft.

If you're curious about how other emojis look across platforms and want to read up on their descriptions, visit Emojipedia.

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