I'm using Samsung Galaxy S8+ on Android 7.0 Nougat. When I send a classic emoticon in the text on the stock Messaging app, like one of these:


they will be displayed as an Android head, similar to one of these:

Android-head Emoticons

A couple of 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.

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.


1 Answer 1


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, 2017 at 3:57
  • Looks like "Enable Smart Emojis" is a feature available on Verizon's Messaging app (called Message+), not globally.
    – Andrew T.
    Nov 9, 2019 at 9:25

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