How To: Add emoji suggestions to your keyboard app with Dango

I recently came across Dango, an interesting app that you can think of as an emoji assistant. Whenever you write something on your phone, Dango suggests several emojis, based on the text you’re writing.

There are plenty of third-party keyboards which offer emoji suggestions as well, but what if you’re favorite keyboard doesn’t have this feature? For most people this is not a deal breaker, and doesn’t offer enough reason to switch to another keyboard.

Dango can add emoji suggestions regardless which keyboard app you’re using. Actually, it’s developed by the creators of such a third-party keyboard called Minuum. If Dango sounds interesting, here’s what you need to do, in order to get it up and running on your phone:

1. Dango is currently in beta, and not available in the Play Store, at least not for the general public. Anyone can become a tester by joining the Dango Google+ Community. Once you’re a member, use the “Become a Tester” button. The Google Play download link is visible even before you become a tester but you won’t be able to download it.

2. Now that you’re a tester, you can download and install Dango from the provided Google Play link.

 

Dango install

3. At first run, the app asks you to turn on Accessibility services, so it can offer suggestions based on the text you’re typing. Tap on the “Open Accessibility Services” to enable this feature.

Dango setup

4. The app has a small settings menu from where you can choose between system or conventional emojis, as well as switch between the light and dark themes.

Dango settings

5. Every time you type in a chat app, regardless if it’s email, texting or chatting, Dango offers a bubble with suggested emojis, which you can expand or reposition anywhere on the screen.

Dango emoji suggestions

Since the app is still in beta, there’s always a chance you’ll come across some bugs or other issues. Even so, Dango works well overall, and the devs are even thinking about adding more types of suggestions, besides emojis.

Let us know how Dango works for you, in case you decide to give it a try!

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