June 8, 2021

Samsung AR Emoji

For years, Apple and Samsung have been disputing. When one adds a new feature to its smartphone lineup, the other is quick to follow suit.

It should come as no surprise, then, that after Apple debuted "Animoji" (animated Emoji that can mimic a user's facial movements), Samsung responded with "AR Emoji," a similar function.

Developed to work with Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus during its initial release, the feature gives users the ability to create digital, cartoon versions of themselves. They can then animate using their phone's camera. Although the results aren't always stellar, it's a feature with a lot of potential for fun.

Two types of animated emojis transform you into animated My Emojis or cartoon characters. It's easy to make and use your own animated augmented reality emoji, known as My Emoji. First, switch to AR Emoji mode in the Camera app, then touch "Make my Emoji." Then, to design your own AR Emoji that tracks your movements, follow the instructions. With AR Emoji, you can use animated emojis as a mask to shoot films and take selfies.

After you've created My Emoji:

  • Go to the Camera app.
  • Tap AR Emoji.
  • Choose your Emoji or a character mask.
  • Press the shutter or record button to capture a selfie or a video.

You may also utilize your Emoji in chat apps, conveying your message using the stickers that appear automatically when you create My Emoji.

AR Emoji is available on Galaxy S20, S20+, S20 Ultra, Z Flip, Note10, Note10+, S10e, S10, S10+, Fold, Note9, S9, and S9+.