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Galaxy S9 User Guide: Tips, Tricks and How-Tos

How to Share AR Emoji on the Galaxy S9

The AR Emoji feature in the Galaxy S9 turns your face into an animation. After creating your own emoji on the S9, you can share the animated avatar of your face with friends in Samsung’s preinstalled Messages app or another messaging app of your choosing.

Samsung’s AR Emoji differ from the iPhone X’s Animoji in several key ways, but one of the biggest is where you make them. Apple requires you to record your animations in the iOS Messages app, whereas the Galaxy S9’s AR emoji are created in the Camera app. After you create your emoji, the S9 Camera app generates 18 animated emoji stickers. The Camera app is also where you record videos of yourself as an emoji.

The stickers never change, unless you decide to change your avatar’s hairstyle or outfit, but you can shoot new videos of yourself as an emoji in the Camera app’s AR Emoji mode.

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After your stickers have been generated or you record a video of your avatar saying something silly (or performing karaoke, perhaps?), you can share it with friends. Here’s how.—Caitlin McGarry

1. Open the Messages app.

2. Select a contact or enter a new phone number.

3. Tap the smiley face icon to the right of the message field.

4. Select Stickers. From there you can choose an animated GIF of your emoji expressing various moods to share with a friend. If you’re using a third-party messaging app to share stickers, make sure it supports animated GIFs. If not, your expressive emoji will be sent as a still image. It’s not as charming.

5. Tap the Send icon, which looks like a paper airplane.

If you’d rather share a video of yourself as an emoji, record it in the Camera app first.

Tap the plus button to the left of the blank text field to select the video from your camera roll. Then, hit the Send icon.