10 Tools to Create Custom Emoji

Emojis are a quintessential part of our digital conversation, adding emotions and expressions to our dull messages. People find so many clever ways to use emojis, however, there still may come a time when you won’t find the right emoji to express your true feelings. Well, for those who find their emoji collection to be lacking, creating custom emojis is now quite possible.

There are quite a lot of tools available that will let you create custom emojis, using your own photos or editable designs. And in this article, I’ll list the some of the best custom emoji tools (Android, iOS and web tools) so anyone can create emojis that really express their feelings.

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Mobile Apps

Let’s start off with some custom emoji creating smartphone apps that will help you create custom emojis right inside your phone.


Bitmoji basically lets you create a customizable avatar of yourself that you can later edit to express your feelings your way. It’s one of the best avatar creation tools that is highly customizable with hundreds of stickers available that your avatar can use to create the perfect emoji.

Your creations can be saved and shared with all the popular social media apps. On top of that, it has a dedicated feature for Snapchat that lets you combine your emoji with your friend’s emoji for additional fun.

Emoji Maker by Maker Develop Team

I really liked Emoji Maker’s huge design collection along with the ability to create emojis from your photos. It has thousands of emoji designs that you can customize to create your own emoji.

You can merge multiple designs to create unique emojis and save them for later use. Interestingly, it supports iKeyboard and Kika Keyboard to let you save and directly send emojis using your phone’s keyboard.

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Emoji Maker by Oliver Saylor

Created by Oliver Saylor, this is a robust emoji creator app that has one of the biggest emoji design collection and amazing customization capabilities. Its design collection allows you to create emojis with over 258 million unique combinations. You can customize almost every part of the emoji body, including eyes, hair, mouth, color, arms, and legs, etc.

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Emoji Maker by MimiSoft Studio
Emoji Maker

A free Emoji Maker app for Android. You can create emojis, avatars, and stickers with thousands of options to customize and create fun stuff for using in WhatsApp or any other messenger you like.

You can create a whole sticker pack based on a single theme or use your own photo to create an amazing avatar. There are so many customization options in terms of colors, shapes, expressions, themes and much more.

Animated Phone Emojis
Animated Phone Emojis

Here’s an emoji maker app for Android that allows you to create lovely animated emojis of different shapes and characters. There are so many customization options and styles you can apply to your emojis or 3D animated stickers.

There’s also a feature that allows you to create your own animated avatar with elements customized to your own appearance. Or you can create a friend’s avatar with their peculiar features and surprise them.

Elite Emoji
Elite Emoji

Elite Emoji is an Android app with one of the most extensive collection of emojis related to every theme under the sun. There are over 2000 high-quality and beautifully designed emojis and stickers available that can be integrated to any type of keyboard.

Exclusive to the Elite Emoji app, there is also a vast collection of around 5000 witty messages to go with the emoji that you send. Additionally, you can create GIFs or animated images and send them around.


An interesting emoji maker for iOS, Zmoji lets you create breathtakingly realistic avatars of your own photos or that of your friends’. You can create an expressive avatar, emoji or GIF with just a few simple steps.

There are many facial expressions available to create just the kind of avatar you want. You can also customize many elements of your avatars and stickers. The emojis you create can be used in iMessages or any other messaging app on iOS.


Emojily is a fun iOS app to create emojis and stickers on a number of interesting themes. There are tons of options to select the elements from and create your own emojis in seconds.

You can save the emojis that you create in third-party keyboards or in your iMessages. Moreover, you get no ads while using the app and the emojis are high-quality and really easy to create.

Online Tools

If you prefer creating emojis online, then there are a handful of tools for that too. However, they might be a bit limited when it comes to designs as compared to the smartphone apps. Still, they are quite easy to use and customize.

Angel Emoji Maker
Angel Emoji Maker

Angel Emoji Maker is an online tool that gives you so many interesting features to create your own emojis. With this tool you can make custom emojis without any prior knowledge in graphic design required.

The online emoji maker comes with a professional designer tool that you can use to create, edit, change layers, zoom in and out, delete, or add any number of emoji components. Once you’re done creating emojis, you can save them with options like ratio and custom size or crop region etc.

Flat Icon Emoji Maker
Flat Icon Emoji Maker

A web-based emoji maker by Flat Icons. It has a simple and straightforward interface that gives you several options to create a nice emoji based on flat design.

From four main options, you can change the base color and shape, shape of eyes, shape of mouth, and what emotions you want to give to your emoji.


Labeley offers a bunch of tools to create custom stickers, as well as its own collection of emojis. The collection isn’t too extensive, but the interface is easy to use and gives reliable customization options.

You can choose different backgrounds, faces, eyebrows, accessories, and shapes, etc. to create an emoji and download it. You can also print your creations, however for a fee.

PiZap Emoji Maker

The popular photo editor PiZap has a cool emoji maker tool that offers high-quality emoji designs. The emoji maker is flash based and lets you create emojis using drag-and-drop functionality.

The emoji designs are really sleek and there are hundreds of them available allowing you to create thousands of unique combinations. However, some of the designs can only be used in the paid version.

pizap emoji maker

Emotiyou lets you create animated emojis from the photos you provide. There is a simple 4 step process where you upload, crop, animate and download the emoji created. The emoji can also be made public for everyone to see and you can browse the gallery to see emojis created by other users.


Bonus: Create Emojis in Slack

If you are a Slack user, then you can also create custom emojis right inside Slack and use them in chats. To create a custom emoji, click on the team menu and select "Customize Slack" from it.

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create emojis in slack

Here under the Emoji tab, you can enter the name of the emoji and upload an image that Slack will turn into emoji. The image must be below 128 pixels and below 64KB max size. Once uploaded, Slack will adjust its size perfect enough to fit into the Slack text box so you could easily use it.

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I will recommend Bitmoji and Emoji Maker by Oliver Saylor for creating custom emojis as both of these apps are highly customizable and have a great collection of designs. Also, emojis created by these apps are usually in image format. So be careful while sending them via text message as it may incur charges if you don’t have an unlimited plan.

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