Whenever I send a classic emoticon in text, like one of these:


The messaging app displays it as an Android head, similar to one of these:

Android-head Emoticons

A couple questions about this:

  1. Is this just something that happens locally on my phone, or is the recipient seeing the same thing?

  2. How do I disable the function in my default SMS app?

I personally find it a bit annoying that the conversion only appears after the message is sent. So, I have no way of knowing that my textual emoticons are going to be supplanted during composition.

Platform: Nougat on Galaxy S8+

Please note: I'm not interested in using a third-party (non-Google/Samsung) SMS app, and I don't want to root my phone.

  • To answer your 1st question: it's done locally. The message you sent will have its original text, and it's also up to their devices whether to convert it to emoticon or not. – Andrew T. May 21 '17 at 17:53

Open the message app, then back out of any open text message until you get to the message history list. Open the menu from the top-left icon, scroll down and select "Settings." There should be an option titled "Enable Smart Emojis." Turn that off and hopefully this fixes your problem.

  • I've been all through the settings menu here and I don't see it. – Iszi May 20 '17 at 3:57

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