Many default text message apps on Android devices will not display Emoji icons when they are sent from other devices such as the Apple iPhone. If you wish to be able to see them, you will have to switch over to a messaging app that supports them such as Handcent.
- Download Handcent SMS from Google Play.
Once Handcent SMS is installed, download and install the Handcent Emoji Plugin.Emoji is now included in the base install for Handcent. The plugin is no longer requred.
Open the Handcent app. All of your old messages will be imported and you will not be able to view text messages containing Emoji characters in your text messages.