Windows Phone Trick: Add Emoticons to your Contacts

Add Emoticons to Contacts

If you want to add a little something something to your contacts, we ran across a way to add emoticons to your contact's name over in the Windows Phone Central Forums. All you need to do is start a text message and add the emoticon of your choice.

From there, highlight and copy that emoticon. Leave the text message and go to your Peoples Hub, find the contact and choose to edit the name. Add a space at the end of the last name and paste the emoticon.  It's a neat way to add a little customization to your contacts.

Edit: As noted in comments by hopmedic, to prevent it from breaking voice dialling, put the emoticons in the last name field, but put a hyphen after the last name, and then the emoticons.

Thanks, danclyons, for the tip!



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wbadry says:

Nice trick :-)

Lol mu girls was telling me oh I was able to do that on my iPhone bamm now we can do that wp8 done deal lol.

DHX says:

Yea but would that affect voice dialing or even worse when you have voice notifications on to announce who's calling?

Didn't effect voice commands... not sure about notifications.

Munkeyphyst says:

It absolutely fugged my voice command. Adding the space and heart to my wife's name and it didn't recognize the contact. Tried several times. Removed the heart and it worked several times. Added it back and it failed several times. Conclusion, adding the space and heart caused voice commands to fail.

Munkeyphyst says:

Edit: I added the heart to the last name field, as per hopmedic's suggestion, and all is right with voice commands again. Adding the symbols to the comments through the app is a fail though. :)

z8er says:

Adding them to the last name still messes up my voice recognition, but another trick is to add it to the Title or Suffix slot. Title will put it in front of the name, and Suffix after. Works great!

Jf.Vigor says:

Omg love it lol

schlubadub says:

I hate how the emoticon area shows the ascii characters instead of the emoticon it gets converted to... what's the ascii representation of the ghost?

schlubadub says:

Oh... WP8 :| There's no mention of that in the article, and the app doesn't show the tags (which it should).

jsnod25 says:

WP7 compatible?

Adorath says:

Yeah. WP7? How about adding a category wp7 or wp8 to the news

Gken says:

just upgrade to wp8 :)

mcmaui says:

You CAN do this in WP7. Just use an app with emoticons like whatsapp. ie. in whatsapp, send the emoticon to someone, copy it, than insert into contact. It's possible with everything.

schlubadub says:

The article is tagged, but you can't see those in the app

hopmedic says:

I just did this with my wife, but the down side is that speech recognition doesn't recognize her name with symbols in it, so I'll have to go without.  I text while driving way too much to not have the speech recognition know her name.  :(

hopmedic says:

Ha!  Figured it out!  Put the emoticons in the last name field, but put a hyphen after the last name, and then the emoticons!  :)  Speech recognition now works and recognizes her name.

pookiewood says:

No hyphen needed. Just add it to the last name. ;)

webbahboy says:

Hey I wish I thought of that! Great tip.

tacofiend says:

In WP8, if you send messages with emoticons, do those show up on other phones using iOS or Android? My roommate's iPhone emoticons almost always display in the messages he sends me, but mine don't show up when I send them to him. Is there some sort of standard iOS uses that allows those ones to show up everywhere, including Twitter, where Windows Phone emoticons often show up as question marks with a box around them?

jamsjordn says:

Fun Fact: WP7 supports the emoji characters but they don't have the keyboard for it. So you can copy the pictures from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emoji and then paste it wherever you want. I am yet to try sending it in a text to another phone but it would be awesome to know if it works.
The WP7 emoticons like :D are emoticons which are just text that WP turns into a picture where as emojis are a unicode character. Try copy and pasteing from his text into yours and reply and see what happens.
I haven't ever seen my WP emoticons show up as a box though so I don't know what is going on there.

London Jr says:

u can do this on wp7, I've been doing it for months with the Emotiboard Free app, shows up real nice

London Jr says:

can't take screenshots tho but it works

ihavewp8 says:

My wp8 can take screenshot. :-P

discohaze says:

If there was an emoticon to describe Rich Edmonds, it would be the one you chose Mr. Ponder LOL

Rich Edmonds says:

I'm a ghost, lol?

discohaze says:

A ditzy, surprised ghost LOL

pookiewood says:

HAH Pretty cool.  Doing this now.  Smiley with the heart eyes for my wife!  :p

ihavewp8 says:

Who cares of this. Waste of time. Besides it ruins voice command.

I'm thinking the same thing about your comment right now...waste of time. Also, you're wrong about voice command.

Gken says:

It's really cute, that's what my gf said.

schlubadub says:

"It's really cute" - About the emoticons... Or something else?? :P

hyui says:

isn't working on wp7

schlubadub says:

You need to copy the emoji type emoticon from somewhere else as WP7 only has the ascii emoticons... Check the various links in the comments

danclyons says:

Thanks guys! Happy to help out the WP community! 

Racxie says:

I don't if I'm an idiot but it doesn't seem to be working on my Omnia 7...

sfleuriet says:

Not working on my HTC Titan :(

sfleuriet says:

Correction.. This only works for me if I copy/paste the actual emoji pictures from the aforementioned Wikipedia page of emojis.

I've tried the copy and paste from my whatsapp on my HTC Desire S but it doesn't work, nothing shows up! HELP??