Expressing yourself during chats is much easier nowadays thanks to the steady rise of Emoji. Now products like Emoji Minis for Gboard are bringing the craft to an interesting, but well-known new level. With Emoji Minis, you can automatically create stickers based on your own face. From there you can further customize the stickers by adding important features such as eyeglasses, earrings and facial hair.
Emoji mini stickers have a first release and you'll probably remember Bitmoji, which became popular and is now owned by Snapchat. Some of you may even consider Emoji Minis as a blatant rip-off of Bitmoji, but it's up to you to decide if this familiarity is good or bad. Regardless of what the name implies, he creates full size stickers, not "mini" stickers the size of a normal emoji. However, these are mini-avatar versions of you, so the name still fits. Now that we've got that sorted out, we can start creating, editing, and using mini emoji stickers on your smartphone.
Google's Emoji Minis are available in the free Gboard app for Android and iOS . For Android, Pixel phones have preinstalled Gboard as well as Android One and Android Go phones, though Emoji Minis may not work for everyone. The Gboard feature is also available through the Google App for iPhones, but Emoji Minis is not yet available in this release.
- Install Gboard – The Google Keyboard: Android (Free) | iOS (free)
Step 1: Let's go
Depending on the operating system, there is a slightly different way to start with emoji mini stickers on your smartphone.
Open the Gboard app on an iPhone Then select the "Stickers" link. From there, see your minis at the top of the Browse tab with a link to Create. Tap to start.
If you have an Android phone In the Gboard App itself, there are no settings for stickers. You can find them anywhere on the gboard keyboard. So open an app that would use Gboard like your standard text message app. Then either tap the emoji icon next to the spacebar or long-press the comma and choose Emoji. Then tap the sticker icon, then either the Minis icon, followed by "Create," or touch the plus sign (+) and then tap "Create."
When you tap Create, the face scanner opens. However, you may need to grant Gboard access to your camera before you see it. Then you are asked to "fit your face here", so put your head in the square.
Tap the camera icon during this step to capture a picture of your face. Through machine learning, Gboard uses this information to immediately create a series of Emoji Minis in various categories called Emoji Mini, Sweet Mini and Bold Mini. You can tap the points below to customize them (see step 4 below) or Done to see all your minis.
If you grab your selfie with Gboard, be sure to wear it if necessary. I would also suggest combing your hair. As you can see in the example above, my bedhead in the created Emoji minis is more than obvious.
In addition, Gboard's machine learning tool (at least for the time being) does not seem to recognize features that are like a day's stubble or age spots. The shape of your head, your eyes and your ears does not register, so this is by no means perfect, but still good enough.
You have not started customizing a Mini, but you have forgotten to press Done to finish. Then you may have to start over again. However, if you started customizing one of your minis immediately but forgot to click Save, your customizations may not be saved, but at least the minis you generate will be preserved. In the latter case, you will have to forcibly restart the keyboard for it to be displayed.
On Page Your Minis Under Each Category I will see various stickers based on each style. These stickers can be used immediately, regardless of whether you continue to customize the design. In each category, swipe left on the screen to scroll through all sticker options.
Step 4: Customizing Emoji Minis  You can edit (and delete) any of the three emoji minis styles. To get started, tap Customize under the category you want to customize. In the following example we edit the sweet minis.
You can edit 12 general features of your Emoji Mini. These include:
- Face shape, including chin length and skin tone.
- Hair with choices that are short, medium length and attachable.
- Hair color (including hair color.)
- Eye shape, color, position, distance and type of eyelashes.
- Shape, thickness, position and distance of the eyebrow.
- Shape and position of the nose as well as oral position.
- Facial hair and color.
- facial markings.
- Headgear (including color).
- Glasses frame, style and color.
- T-shirt color.
- Placement of earrings and number of piercings.
If you change the color If you change the settings of your emoji, the character is changed. Play with every shot to see what works best for you. When you are satisfied, tap "Save". Once you have done this, your revisions will be reflected in the list of stickers for that category.
Repeat step 4 for the other two emoji categories, if you also want to customize them. You can also tap the trashcan icon to completely delete the category. If you delete all categories, you must repeat step 2 again to create a new set of Emoji mini stickers.
There are several ways to use your emoji minis on your smartphone. These include the ability to send them directly to Twitter, Facebook, your email or messaging app, and other apps through the Your minis section of the iOS app or Your minis section. about to send The plus sign (+) of step 1 on Android.
To share your emoji minis from the screen, tap either (for iOS) or long (for Android) the sticker you'd like to send to open the sharing menu for your phone. From there you can use your share menu as usual. Here is a sticker that will be shared on Twitter on the iPhone:
Most of you will probably get your mini-sticker via your standard messaging app on iOS or Send Android. To share your minis, make sure the gboard keyboard is selected in your messaging app. On Android, you can then access the sticker menu via the emoji section of the keyboard, as you saw in step 1.
On iPhone, you can tap the sticker icon in the predictive line of the keyboard, if there is one. Then click "More" and make sure that the "Stickers" tab is selected and your minis are displayed. You can also do this like Android and select the emoji icon on the keyboard and then the sticker icon.
When you tap on the Emoji mini icon, the Sweet mini icon or the fat mini icon, you can scroll left and right all the different mini versions for each one to find the one you want. When you find it, tap it to copy it to your clipboard, then paste it into the message (on iOS), or just tap it to load it immediately (on Android).
If you have any of your minis in sticker Menu of the keyboard, they are not preferred. Go back to the menu Your minis via either the iOS app or the section Your minis about the plus sign (+) of Step 1 on Android. Make sure that you like the Emoji mini, Sweet mini and / or Bold mini sections if you want them to appear on the keyboard.
Emoji Minis offer a fun, new way to express yourself with text and other apps from your smartphone. By taking a selfie, a personalized emoji can be created in three different styles. From there, you can further customize the characters by adjusting your hair, facial features, and so on.
There is no doubt that Google designed Emoji Minis for entertainment purposes. At least in the first "official" release, finished products are nowhere near as developed as on other platforms. (Google released the feature in August 2018, but removed it for a short period of time before it was officially reinstated in October.) It will be interesting to see how the feature matures over time.