A long time ago, when I started using emojis in my texts, I was testing the waters in online dating. I was on Tinder—this is what I’m trying to get at. And I noticed the guys who liked me would throw in an emoji here and there. I didn’t pay much attention to it, but after some time, I realized that there were some specific emojis guys use when they like you.
The emoijis to watch out for in texts
I wasn’t introduced to emojis until I was in the early-ish twenties *this makes me feel old*. Before that, I’d make smiley or winky faces with semi-colons and brackets. I like to think of myself as the OG of emojis. But, of course, emojis have come a long way and now are extremely diverse.
It’s nice to be able to be more expressive over a text message. But, there are also other purposes for emojis.
You don’t have the guy in front of you, giving you signs that you can see. All you have are their text messages. So, you don’t have much to work with. Yet, emojis can tell you a lot about a guy, so it’s time you knew what’s up and decode the emojis guys use when they like you.
Must-know emojis guys use when they like you
Let’s jump head first into the world of emojis and the emojis guys use when they like you.
But just a word of caution now, don’t assume any guy who uses these emojis has a mad crush on you. Emojis are thrown around like words these days, but if he’s subtly hinting or blatantly flirting up a storm with you, chances are, the emojis aren’t as innocent and friendly as he may be trying to imply.
#1 Heart Eyed Emoji. When does anyone ever use this emoji? There’s usually only a couple of reasons, and most of them stem around appreciation for something. If he’s using it in his flirty texts, he’s sending a pretty clear sign that he’s into you. [Read: How to get to know someone over text and build a real connection]
#2 Red Heart Emoji. Oh mama, he’s into you. You don’t need to be a rocket scientist to figure this one out. The heart isn’t purple, yellow, or black: it’s red. Guys won’t throw this emoji around unless they want you to know how they feel.
#3 Angel Face Emoji. This guy wants to make sure you see him as an innocent guy, but we all know he’s not. This emoji is all about showing you he’s as sweet as an angel. Are you going to fall for the bait? [Read: How to know if someone is thinking about you sexually and desiring you]
#4 Heart Kissy Face Emoji. Well, if he’s using this, we all know he’s interested in making that kiss a reality. He could have used any other emoji, but instead, he chose this one. He wants to show you he’s more emotional than you think.
#5 Too Cool Face Emoji. It’s not easy texting a girl you like. Of course, men are just as insecure as women, and one way for him to hide it is through the “too cool” emoji. The smiley face wears a pair of sunglasses, letting you know he’s calm and cool. Meanwhile, he’s freaking out inside.
#6 Hugging Face Emoji. Oh yeah, we all know his end game. The hugging emoji, though is kind of creepy itself *why does it have such long fingers?* sends a pretty strong message that he likes you. Physical touch is a huge indicator of attraction. [Read: How guys flirt – 15 subtle things guys do when they like you]
#7 Winky Face Emoji. This is a classic way to be cheeky and flirtatious with emojis. The “winky face” emoji is a subtle way of making his point without being too forceful. He’s letting you know he’s into you, so you better send him a wink back!
#8 Relieved Smile Emoji. He’s such a humble guy, not looking to offend you. So at the end of his texts, he throws in the “relieved smile” emoji, making sure that he softens his message. Maybe he sent you a complimenting text but didn’t want to come off too strong.
#9 Side Smirk Emoji. Ooo, that’s a naughty little one, isn’t it? The “side smirk” emoji lets you know that he isn’t interested in just being friends. But, don’t assume that he’s looking for a relationship. The side smirk is a pretty strong red flag for a fuckboy. So, tread lightly. [Read: The 14 warning signs of a player he just can’t hide]
#10 Giant Tongue Emoji. Back in the day, we would stick our tongues out as an insult. But today, it has a different meaning. Of course, it could be used to talk about food, but if the conversation is flirty, he’s talking about his desire for you. In other words, he’s into you. Ah yes, modern-day romance at it’s highest.
#11 Blushy Face Emoji. The “blushy face” emoji is very sweet. It’s not quite a smiley face and not too suggestive either. Whether you gave him a compliment or he gave you one, he’s showing you his appreciation.
#12 Devilish Face Emoji. Did he text you something a little naughty? Well, not only is he testing the waters, but he’s letting you know he’s not ashamed of what he said. In fact, he’s standing by his words and isn’t into playing the innocent guy. [Read: 30 texts and examples to dirty text and tease a guy all day]
#13 Flames Emoji. For him, you’re hot, hot, hot. You’re so hot; he doesn’t know how to handle you. If he sends you a series of flame emojis, he’s giving you a compliment. Without words, he’s letting you know he thinks you’re smokin’ hot.
#14 Tongue Out Smiley Emoji. This one isn’t necessarily as suggestive at the “giant tongue” emoji *we all know what that one means*. When he makes a joke, he puts this one at the end to make sure you know he’s just kidding around.
#15 Monkey See-No-Evil Emoji. Usually, this one goes after a suggestive text, he’s trying to test the waters and see your reaction. Of course, he doesn’t know how you’ll react. To soften the blow, he uses this emoji to make him look more innocent than he really is. [Read: Is he flirting with me? 12 signs that’ll reveal the truth]
#16 Extremely Happy Face Emoji. He’s not just happy; he’s extremely happy. This isn’t a commonly used emoji, as most guys don’t want to come off as too interested. But, if he’s a confident guy who doesn’t care about hiding his emotions, he’ll use this one as much as he wants.
[Read: The 15 signs your guy friend is definitely crushing on you]
And you thought emojis were only used to add a little pizazz to the text. In reality, there are emojis guys use when they like you. Now, what will you do with this information?
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