How to add emoticons/emoji to folder names in Android

The great green Android robot lets you do many things with it, and is the most versatile mobile operating system out there. One of these things is creating app folders on your home screens, which has been a feature in Android for a while now. This way you can categorize and distribute your apps thematically, while some of the popular launchers or manufacturer overlays out there even do this for you, putting all GApps in a folder titled Google, for example, for faster, easier access, and reduced clutter.

You are no doubt familiar with the fact that you can change the folder names at will by tapping on the folder, and then on its title at the bottom. Your on-screen keyboard will then pop up, and you will be able to change the default name of the folder. Did you know, however, that you can also use emoji for the folder titles?

Yep, that's right - those funny (or sad ,or ironic) pictograms dubbed emoticons that we are so used to employing during our endless chat sessions, can be used to signify your attitude towards the content of the newly-created, or renamed app folder. Simply tap on the folder, then on its name below, then use your stock keyboard emoji, and Android will display them together with the folder name. Alternatively, you can only use the emoji as a name, no harm, no foul. Check out the process, visualized in the slideshow on the right.



1. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2280; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

Android should have had unique emoticons.

2. Deaconclgi

Posts: 405; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

I do this on Windows Phone. I have an Xbox controller on my games folder. It is good to see that this is possible on Android, I'll probably update my folders on my Nexus 5.

3. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

The most useful article ever written.

11. wolverinexmen9

Posts: 112; Member since: Mar 31, 2011


4. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

Did this with my old iPod Touch. Would actually be quite a weird if you couldn't put emoticons/emojis on folder text.

12. TheOldOne

Posts: 196; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Acctually it will be weird if those will be acctual folder names - there is no OS at this moment (mobile or desktop), suporting such glyphs for an inode (filename or folder). But these are not acctual "folders", isn't it? :D

5. Lt.Green

Posts: 397; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Thank you for this!

6. Bioload25

Posts: 213; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

Cool! :D

7. LikeMyself

Posts: 631; Member since: Sep 23, 2013

Never thought about that! Thanks for the tip!

8. marbovo

Posts: 658; Member since: May 16, 2013

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10. wolverinexmen9

Posts: 112; Member since: Mar 31, 2011

I know right lol

9. preetmalhotra

Posts: 114; Member since: Apr 27, 2012

I still don't understand whats new in this.. :o Emojis? In folder names? Oh yeah, its obvious! :/ :/ :D

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