Best apps to create your own memoji on Android

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Do you have an Android phone and are you envious of your iPhone-owner friends sending personalized emojis of their faces? This is called Memoji and there are ways to achieve similar functionality on Android.

What is Memoji

Memoji is the name of Apple's iPhone feature that allows you to create an emoji that looks like you. You can build your likeness from different categories like hairstyle, eyes, head shape and so on. This becomes your Memoji.


You can then send this Memoji in iMessage to entertain friends and family. Memoji also uses the iPhone's True Depth camera to come alive and match your expression and mouth movements.


It is not possible to get an exact replica of Memoji for Android, but these are the apps that will help you create your own memoji on Android.

App to create your own memoji on Android

Gboard Emoji Minis

Gboard, also known as the Google keyboard, contains a feature called Emoji Minis. With this, you can scan your face and get lots of stickers in different styles and poses. To use it, you will obviously need to use Gboard as your phone's keyboard.

Once Gboard is installed:

  • Open the keyboard somewhere.
  • press sticker icon
  • Tap the + icon
  • At the top is the Your minis section: select Create.
  • This walks you through taking a selfie and generates three sets of stickers: Emoji, Sweet, and Bold. You can customize them if the process didn't accurately capture your likeness from the photo.
  • Tap Done and your emojis are now ready to use.

They will appear on the stickers section of the keyboard. You can also go back to the Your minis section to customize others whenever you want.



Samsung AR Emoji

Samsung AR Emoji is available in the following devices: Galaxy S21, S21 +, S21 Ultra, S20, S20 +, S20 Ultra, Z Flip, Note10, Note10 +, S10e, S10, S10 +, Fold, Note9, S9 e S9 +.

To use it:

  • Launch the Camera app and switch to the front camera.
  • Tap AR Emoji from the camera modes above.
  • Select the blue Create My Emoji button and take a selfie.
  • Follow the wizard: select your gender, customize clothes and so on.
  • Tap OK when done.

When using the selfie camera, the AR Emoji will appear as an option at the bottom, along with the other filters. You can take pictures and record emoji videos that mirror your movements.

You can also choose from a selection of stickers and GIFs with your emojis appearing in different poses, which are great for use as fun reactions. These can be overlaid on photos or sent via the default keyboard in messaging apps.

Face cam

Face Cam does not scan your face to create the emoji. Instead, you build it from scratch using the different categories. Select your hair, skin color, eye shape and similar characteristics.

Once created, the app works like a camera. But instead of seeing your real face, you'll see a giant emoji version of it. It will move like your face does and will try to mimic your eyebrows, eyes and mouth as well.

You can apply color filters to the camera to get that perfect look. The app also allows you to choose from the photos in your gallery and apply your emoji face to them.


The free version has limited customization and puts a little watermark on the images, but that's not a big deal. You can save the photos to your phone or send them directly to other apps.



Bitmoji

You can scan your face and Bitmoji will automatically create your likeness. Alternatively, try building your character from scratch. Once done, you can choose your clothes and see your avatar in all kinds of different situations.

Bitmoji integrates directly into Snapchat, of course, but a useful feature is that it also appears in Gboard's Stickers tab. This means you don't have to keep switching to the app while messaging - just send your Bitmoji like you would any other sticker.


MojiPop

MojiPop is an app that turns your face into a hand drawn cartoon and applies it to lots of scenes and stickers.

You can create up to three different emoji avatars. Some stickers include multiple people, so these other avatars will appear there. This means that you can send stickers to your friends which include both you and them.

MojiPop has its own keyboard, which makes using stickers in other apps a breeze, but it's not worth using. Instead, you can share the emoji directly from the app itself, by sending it directly to your gallery or other apps like WhatsApp and Facebook.


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