Emojiupdater is a system application that updates emojis on your Samsung Android device. When you download and install a new Android software update, the emojis are also updated by this app.
The package name of the emojiupdater.apk file is com.samsung.android.emojiupdater. It is an exclusive application for Samsung devices only.
In this article, I’ll explain more about the Emojiupdater app, what is it used for and can you uninstall it.
What is Emojiupdater Used For?
Emojiupdater is a preinstalled system application on Samsung Android devices that updates the user interface of the emojis and makes sure the new emojis can be shown on the screen and accessed from the device’s keyboard.
When a new Software Update is downloaded and installed, the emojiupdater app makes sure that all the new emojis are updated properly on your device. This app only updates 2D emoticons and cannot update the AR emojis.
You can check these new emojis by accessing the emoji button from your device’s keyboard. If you’re using the Samsung Keyboard, you can access the emojis by tapping on the Emoji button. If you’re using a different keyboard, you should select the Samsung Keyboard as your default keyboard, and then you can easily access emojis while messaging.
Both Samsung Messages and Google’s Messages app will use your default Samsung Keyboard while typing a message so you can add emojis to your normal and RCS chat messages.
Is Emojiupdater Removed In New Updates?
Samsung has introduced the One UI 3.1 upgrade recently for eligible Samsung devices. In this new update, the emojiupdater app has been removed from a lot of new Samsung models.
According to Samsung, the new emojis are downloaded and updated automatically to the Samsung device and there is no need for the emojiupdater app.
Is Emojiupdater Safe or Is It a Virus?
Emojiupdater is not a Virus, Malware, or Spyware. It doesn’t cause any harm to your device and doesn’t spy on your data or sell it to third parties. It is a preinstalled application so it cannot be harmful to your device.
However, the emojiupdater app is not an important application because emojis are generally updated along with new Software Updates so this application is not absolutely necessary for your device. So, it is can be considered bloatware.
Samsung does include a lot of preinstalled bloatware on their devices which can be disabled without affecting the performance of your device.
What Permissions Does Emojiupdater Require?
The emojiupdater app doesn’t require any permissions to operate. If you check the permissions section of the app you’ll find “No Permissions Required.”
You can check the Permissions required by going to Settings > Apps > Show System Apps > emojiupdater > Permissions.
Can You Uninstall Emojiupdater?
Yes, you can uninstall the emojiupdater app because is not necessary for your device. Removing it won’t cause any issues to your device because the emojis are directly updated when you download and install a new system update.
To uninstall emojiupdater, you’ll need a software called Android Debug Bridge(ADB) that can uninstall the app without rooting your device or you can use the System App Remover application which requires rooting.
1. Uninstall Emojiupdater Using ADB
ADB allows you to bring up a Unix shell so you can issue commands directly on the Android device. You can use it to install, uninstall, debug and disable apps. You’ll need a Windows PC to use ADB.
Here are the steps to uninstall this app using ADB.
Step 1 – Go to Settings > System > About phone.
Step 2 – Tap on the Build number 7 times to activate Developer Options.
Step 3 – Go back to the main Settings menu and tap on Developer Options to open it.
Step 4 – Enable USB debugging by tapping on it.
Step 5 – Download ADB on your PC.
Step 6 – Extract the ZIP file into a folder.
Step 7 – After extracting the ZIP file, open that folder.
Step 8 – Press and hold the shift button and right-click in a blank area.
Step 9 – Click on “Open Powershell window here.”
Step 10 – Enter the command adb devices
Step 11 – Connect your Android device to the PC using a USB data cable.
Step 12 – Type the command adb shell pm uninstall –user 0 com.samsung.android.emojiupdater and press Enter to run this command. Wait for a few seconds and you’ll notice the app has been uninstalled from your device.
2. Uninstall Emojiupdater Using System App Remover
This method requires you to gain root access to your device. If you don’t know how to root your Android device then check our Android Rooting guide. After gaining root access follow the steps below to uninstall this system app.
Step 1 – Download and install the System App Remover application.
Step 2 – Launch the System App Remover application, search for the emojiupdater app, and select it by tapping on the checkbox next to it.
Step 3 – Tap on the Uninstall button to completely uninstall the app and delete its data.
How to Disable Emojiupdater?
You can disable the emojiupdater app directly from your device’s Settings. Follow the steps below to disable the emojiupdater app.
- Open Settings.
- Tap Apps.
- Tap Ellipsis icon(three vertical dots) in the upper right corner.
- Tap Show System Apps.
- Find the emojiupdater app from the list and tap on it.
- Tap the Disable button.
Issues Caused By the Emojiupdater App?
Emojiupdater doesn’t cause battery draining or high cellular data consumption issues. However, this app tends to stop working at times and you get an error “emojiupdater has stopped.” This error occurs when the emojiupdater app couldn’t update the new emojis after a software update.
The error is caused because the cache files of the emojiupdater app become corrupted or overloaded. This happens when you don’t clear the cache files of the app for a long time. To fix this problem you’ll need to clear the app cache. If that doesn’t fix the problem you can either force stop the app or factory reset your device.
To clear app cache go to Settings > Apps > Show System Apps > emojiupdater > Storage > Clear Cache.
To force stop the app go to Settings > Apps > Show System Apps > emojiupdater > Force Stop.
Before you factory reset your device make sure to back up your data. Once it’s done, go to Settings > General > Reset > Factory Data Reset > Reset > Delete All.
Emojiupdater is a built-in system application that updates your emojis when you download a new software update on your Samsung Android device. This app is not a virus or spyware but it is bloatware.
You can disable as well as uninstall the app without any worries. It won’t lead to any issues and it certainly wouldn’t cause any damage to your device.