Why doesn’t the Unicode standard include an official Star Wars emoji? We’ve got Star Trek’s “Vulcan Salute”, so where’s the force choke hand gesture ?! While you may never see Star Wars officially invade your emoji keyboard, there are ways to send Star Wars emoji and stickers to your friends in your favorite chat app.
What are Star Wars Emoji?
Before you start spamming your conversations with Baby Yoda and Darth Vader, know that none of these are official emojis. Real emoji that reside on the keyboard of your Android or iOS device are part of the Unicode standard, which receives regular updates. For example, iOS 1
Just because the Star Wars emoji below aren’t official emoji doesn’t mean they aren’t technically emoji. According to Unicode, emoji are simply “picture characters” and “emoji” literally means “picture” and “written character” from Japanese where they came from. So any icon, ideogram, logogram, or whatever gram could technically be an emoji.
The only difference is that real emoji can be used inline with text. In contrast, all other emoji act more like images and stickers, with all text before and after being split into separate messages. So all the emoji below, even though Disney calls them emoji, are really just stickers. But it’s better than nothing, right?
When are Star Wars emoji popular?
You will often see these Star Wars emoji stickers in your texts, iMessages and DMs when May 4th rolls around (Stars Wars day) and “May the 4th be with you” is plastered all over the Internet for 24 hours.
They also appear when a new Star Wars movie or TV show is released, such as the movie “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” and the “The Mandalorian” series. I’m sure you’ll see a lot when the next “Rogue One” comes out too.
Option 1: Use the official Star Wars app
Disney has included Star Wars emoji and stickers in its Star Wars app for Android and iOS for quite some time now. Make sure to use the latest version of the app to get the latest icons and symbols for your text messages and chats.
Open the app, accept the terms and conditions and skip the login page (you can sign up if you want, but it’s not required). Choose your app’s theme, enable or disable notification permissions, then tap the “GIFS + EMOJIS” box on the home page. On the tab “EMOJIS” you will find almost 200 characters and objects. Memorable characters such as Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Darth Vader, Princess Leia, C-3PO and R2-D2 are all here, designed with a cute and friendly twist.
You’ll also find newer characters, vehicles, droids, and creatures from across the Stars Wars franchise, such as the crossguard lightsaber used by Kylo Ren, Kylo Ren himself, Poe Dameron, Rey, and the BB-8 rolling droid. And there are also emoji for the “Rogue One” spin-offs, including the Shoretrooper, Deathtrooper, Baze Malbus, Chirrut Îmwe and K-2SO.
Adding an emoji to social media or conversation differs from Android to iOS. On Android, tap the emoji, then hit the Share button and share it wherever you want. You can also download the emoji to your photo gallery and upload it as an image file to wherever you need it. The third option, copying a link, just copies the URL to your clipboard, not the image itself.
It’s a lot easier on iOS. Just tap the emoji. The app will automatically load it to your iPad or iPhone’s clipboard, and you can paste it into Messages, on Facebook, or anywhere by tapping or tapping and holding the text field and selecting ‘Paste’.
Since there is everything from fighter jets to lightsabers, you can get creative and even drop a short story into your lyrics or recreate an entire movie if you have so much free time.
The Star Wars app also has a section called “STICKERS”. You can choose to find stickers with more detail, but they can be used via augmented reality in photos or videos you are currently taking, or on photos you already have in your gallery. So you could send these in text messages and chats, but it won’t just be the sticker.
Option 2: Use iMessage apps on your keyboard (iOS only)
If you have an iPhone, some apps have iMessage apps that you can add to the app drawer in Messages. To find them, open a thread in Messages and tap the App Store icon in the drawer. If you don’t see the drawer, tap the App Store icon next to the text field to make it visible. Then just search the App Store as you normally would, looking for “Star Wars” or “Mandalorian” and other keywords.
One caveat to this is that these Star Wars emoji and stickers are usually not free. Here’s a list of some of the we’ve found so far:
Whatever you will be working with, install it, then go back to the iMessage app drawer and select the app icon. Scroll through all the characters and objects, select one and it will be automatically entered into the text field. All you need to do is hit the send button. It’s also important to note that these emoji stickers work in text messages (MMS), not just iMessage chats. After all, they are just images.
While the sticker packs that cost money show you all the available emoji stickers in their sets, some don’t. For example the Disney Emoji Blitz app. That’s basically a game you have to play to unlock new Disney emoji, and the emoji stickers are all over the Disney spectrum. That means it may take time to unlock Star Wars related content. However, Emoji Blitz supposedly has a keyboard you can install to use in any app, not just Messages, but it didn’t show up for me.
Option 3: Use Different Emoji Sticker Apps (Android Only)
If you have an Android phone, don’t miss the Star Wars emoji stickers. On Google Play you will find all kinds of apps that allow you to copy and send Star Wars images, and here are just a few:
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