Emojis are undoubtedly an essential part of messaging on smartphones. Regardless of whether you are an iPhone or an Android team, you can send emojis daily. However, Emoji's years of use in most cases remain static, even if animated stickers and GIFs are supported in almost every major chat app. However, one of these chat apps, Telegram, is changing that.
Telegram has recently updated his app to support animated emojis. The best part? No additional download required, no third-party app, and you do not have to search for the right sticker pack. Instead, Telegram adds the support to each native emoji itself. How novel! The key is, it has to be the right emoji. Currently, Telegram only provides animation support for five emojis:
- Red heart (not the red card suit heart)
- Thumbs up (any skin tone)
- Carefree face
- Flushed face (with wide open eyes, reddened Cheeks)
- Partying face (with party horn, hat and confetti)
Try any other emoji and it sends the same static symbol that you would normally expect. Hopefully there will be more options in the future, even if it's just the other heart colors. For the special five telegram supports, there are currently only two steps required to start the animation.
First, make sure that your telegram app has been upgraded to iOS or Android version 5.1
If these emojis are not animated, it's probably because you turned off Big Emoji for chats. Open "Settings" in the app, press "Appearance" (iOS) or "Chat Settings" (Android), and make sure "Big Emoji" is turned on. If it was off, it should work now.
What's cool about animated emojis is that they are not a one time deal. While the animation is not looped, they are set in motion by simply typing. If you return to a thread that displays one of these emojis on the screen, the animation repeats even if you've already read the message.