Emojis are, without a doubt, an integral part of messaging on smartphones. Whether you're team iPhone or Android, chances are you send emojis daily. However, years after their introduction, emojis remain static in most cases, even with animated stickers and GIFs supported on almost every major chat app. That said, one of those chat apps, Telegram, is changing that.
Telegram recently updated its app to provide support for animated emojis. The best part? There's no extra download involved, no third-party app, and no need to search for the right sticker pack. Instead, Telegram adds the support right into each native emoji itself. How novel! The key is, it needs to be the right emoji. At this time, Telegram only offers animation support for five emojis:
- Red Heart (not the red card suit heart)
- Thumbs Up (any skin tone)
- Unamused Face
- Flushed Face (with wide-open eyes, flushed cheeks)
- Partying Face (with party horn, hat, and confetti)
Try any other emoji, and it will send the same static symbol that you would typically expect it to. Hopefully, more options come in the future, even if just the other Heart colors. For the special five Telegram supports right now, there are only two things you need to do to get animating.
First, make sure your Telegram app is updated to version 5.10 or higher, on either iOS or Android. Once you do that, open up any conversation thread, and send any of those five emoji to see them come alive. If the other people in the chat aren't using an updated Telegram app, they will see the regular static emojis.
If these emojis aren't animating on your end, it's likely because you have "Large Emoji" disabled for chats. Open up "Settings" in the app, hit "Appearance" (iOS) or "Chat Settings" (Android), then make sure "Large Emoji" is toggled on. If it was off, it should work now.
What's also cool about animated emojis is that they aren't a one-time deal. While they won't loop the animation, a simple tap will get them moving again. Not only that but returning to a thread with one of these emojis present on-screen will result in a repeated animation, even if you've already read the message.
We doubt Telegram is introducing a feature this fun just to stop at five emoji. It would only make sense that the app has plans for adding animation support to more emoji, especially if users enjoy using these first five. Make sure you keep an eye out for any new Telegram updates — you never know which emoji could be next!