10 Emoji Keyboards You Need In Your Life

Photographed by Erin Yamagata.
If I had to choose between using traditional words or emoji for the rest of my life, I’d choose emoji every time. If you’re like me, pretty much every text convo involves at least one high-heel shoe, rainbow, or unicorn. Of course, not everyone is an emoji enthusiast (we call those people "crazy"). But for those of us who love emoji, we love them unconditionally.

Well — almost unconditionally. There is, actually, one complaint I’d like to lodge with the Emoji Authorities: There aren’t enough of them. For those of us who are emoji-obsessed, sometimes we get a little bored with our everyday, standard emoji keyboard. Sure, Apple throws us a bone every so often and gives us a small batch of new characters to play with. But it’s simply not enough. Thankfully, third-party keyboards are here to save the day.

We’ve rounded up 10 alternative emoji apps that will help you step up your texting game. We’ll leave no emoji stone unturned: from the notorious Kimoji (Kim Kardashian’s emoji app) to RuPaul’s Drag Race emoji to an app that can help you turn yourself into an emoji. Here, then, are 10 emoji keyboards that will change your life — or at least your texts.