Animoji is a really fun feature of iMessage on newer iPhones, but you can also send Animoji to friends and family who do not have iMessage or do not even have an iPhone for that matter.
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When you send an Animoji to another iPhone user, it is optimized to appear as an animated GIF type, complete with sound. But it's really nothing but a video so you can send Animoji to anyone, whether they're using an iPhone or an Android device.
Even better, there's nothing else you have to do at your end to send an Animoji to someone who does not use iMessage or have an iPhone. The only difference you will notice is that the text messages appear green instead of blue.
So what does it look like at the end? Android users who get an Animoji get it as a typical video clip via their SMS app.
The user can then press it to expand the video to complete the screen and play it.
However, as you may have noticed, the quality is severely impaired and Animoji seems quite blocked and pixelated. It's quite clear that it's not ideal when you send Animoji to Android users.
If you ever want to send an Animoji to a friend or family member using Android, I strongly recommend sending it as a still image instead of an animated GIF / video quality being much better overall. To do this, instead of turning on the recording button when creating an Animoji, press the Animoji character to create a still image and then send it. The picture will look better than the video.
It's obviously not an Animoji, but rather a normal emoji that is bigger and more detailed. So, Animoji is not limited to just iPhone users, but the experience of anything but an iOS device leaves much to be desired.