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Texting Symbols
Texting symbols are the simplest and most time saving way to express one's state of mind. For most of us, our messages seem incomplete without these emoticons. Keep reading to know more about some great texting symbols that you can use on your phone, or even on Facebook.
Pankaj Chobharkar
Last Updated: Mar 12, 2018
Young Smiling Woman Using Phone
Text messaging or SMS is especially popular among people in the age group of 13 - 35. It is an easy and quick way of communication, and does so much more than just communicating a message. You can share your happiness, sadness, enthusiasm, and a myriad other emotions with just tiny symbols. For some reason, sometimes, these symbols tend to express what you are feeling much better than just words.

A big rose or a heart in a text conveys a person's feeling or expression in a much better and creative way than typing 'here's a big rose for you'. Almost all the cell phones today support this smiley feature, and with the rise of social networking sites these symbols come in handy while chatting as well.

Knowing the appropriate texting symbols for the right expression is very important. I'm sure you must be accustomed with most of them but still go through this comprehensive list and check for the ones you have never used before, and use it next time you chat or text.

Symbol Meaning
(.V.) Alien
:<> Amazed
O:-) Angel
X-( Angry
(-.-)zzz Asleep
~:0 Baby
:-D Big Grin
:-# Braces
<\3 Broken Heart
*\0/* Cheerleader
*<:o) Clown
:-S Confused
d8:) Cool
B-) Cool Face
:'( Crying
o-&-< Doing nothing
:-)..... Drooling face
:e Disappointed
#-o Doh!
:*) Drunk Smiling Face
>:) Evil Grin
:( Frown
8-) Glasses
$_$ Greedy
:) Happy
<3 Heart
{} Hug
O-S-< In a hurry
X-p Joking
:-)* Kiss
XD Laughing
=D Laughing Out Loud
=/ Mad
:-)(-: Married
:-B Nerd
^_^ Overjoyed
O-G-< Pointing to Self
:-/ Perplexed
@>-->-- Red Rose
:( Sad
:-7 Sarcastic
:-@ Screaming
:-O Shocked
:) Smile
&:-) Someone with curly hair
:-, Smirking
8-) Sunglasses face
:> Smug
*$$ Starbucks
:P Sticking Tongue Out
:-& Tongue-tied
:-P Tongue-in-cheek
:-\ Unsure
:-E Vampire
=D Very Happy
;-) Winking
|-O Yawn
8-# Zombie

Other Emoticons

In addition to the above symbols, there are many other creative ways of elevating a boring SMS to something more worthwhile and fun. Following are some simple and easy animal or cartoon characters that you could use to liven up your dull text. Once you start using them frequently, you'll notice they are easy to pick up.

Symbol Meaning
εїз Butterfly
=^..^= Cat
:o3 Dog
\_O< Duck
<º))))>< Fish
@(*0*)@ Koala
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:(:) Pig
<(") Penguin
/(^.^)\ Puppy
<:3( )~~ Rat
:-\/\/\/\-Oo Snake
/\(00)/\ Spider
@@@@@:-) Marge Simpson
(:::[]:::) Band Aid
\_/\_/ Drinks for 2

After you have aced the above list try combining and creating your own emoticons. These animal symbols may not look the same on all the mobile screens because of the different resolutions but still try them out. Have fun exploring and combining.

Texting Symbols for iPhone

While typing out a message on the Apple iPhone, all the basic symbols are available at a single click. If you want more 'emoticons', then there are many apps available online that you can download and install on your iPhone. Apps like SmileyCentral or Emoji have hundreds of text symbols, smiles, stars, etc., but make sure you download these apps only from an authorized website or portal. Do not download any apps from any P2P sites as half the files on these sites are infected with viruses.

Facebook Symbols

All the usual text abbreviations and symbols can be used for Facebook updates and chat. Here's a list of some simple symbols that appear when you type out these combinations on your keyboard.

Symbol Meaning
3:) 3:-) Devilish smile
:-* Kiss
^_^ "kiki"
-_ Squint
O.o Confused
<:O Upset
<3 Heart
:v Pacman
:|] Robot
:) Happy
:( Sad
:P Tongue
:D Grin
:O Gasp
;) Wink
8) Glasses
B) Sunglasses
:3 Cute
<:( Grumpy
:/ Unsure
:'( Cry
3:) Devil
O:) Angel
( '}{' ) Kissing

All the above symbols can be used for both text messaging and in online chat rooms. Happy Texting :)