Even if you haven’t started using them, I know you’ve seen them. And if you HAVE started using them, you’re a little addicted, right? Or is it just me?
Bitmojis are taking over the world…or at least it seems that way…and I’m glad because they make me really happy! So what’s a Bitmoji? It’s an avatar you design to (sort of) look like you. And then you use it. For everything!
I got started with Bitmoji on my iPhone, so I’ll start you the same way, although you can absolutely create and use Bitmoji from your computer in the Chrome browser. There’s an extension for that, of course! (I have it, I use it, and I totally recommend it!)
On your phone, just get the free Bitmoji app and sign up with an email. The prompts will walk you through how to create your Bitmoji, but it starts like this:
It’s personal preference, but I really like the Bitstrips style. The next several prompts will take you through designing the physical appearance of your avatar. It will ask you to choose your hair style, color, face shape, eyebrow style, eyebrow color, eyes, eyelashes, pupils, nose, mouth, cheeks, facial lines (yes, sadly yes), makeup, glasses, headwear, and finally body shape (mine is uhhh…slimmed down). Ladies, it’s even going to let you choose your chest size!
Then, it’s fun fashion time! Dress up your mini-you!
You get to dress up your avatar, but there are tons and tons of choices, and just know that you can change your avatar’s outfit as often as you’d like.
Hit the ✅ to finalize things, and you’re ready to use your Bitmoji and fun and creative ways!
I use mine all the time when texting my husband and son. It’s become a bit of a fun game for us – we try to have entire conversations back-and-forth using only Bitmoji!
Wanna try? OK, it might be a little hard to find your Bitmoji the first time you’re trying to text one, so let me show you how to access them. First, click on the little globe icon at the lower left of your texting keyboard:
On the next screen, click on the little ABC icon at the lower left of your texting keyboard:
That brings up your “Search Bitmoji” screen, where you can type in keywords to look for the perfect action, expression, or emotion!
Posting your fun & crazy avatars works exactly the same way on Facebook, Twitter, etc. Notice my avatar has that same pink top on in most of the choices. It will stay that way until I change her outfit!
Many educators are now using these in Booksnaps (click on the word for more info), an awesome idea created by Tara Martin for using Bitmoji in purposeful educational ways!
One last word of caution for elementary educators…there are a few Bitmoji that are not quite appropriate. There aren’t many, but you know your kiddies will find them!
Since you stayed with me, learning and reading all the way until the end, I’ll leave you with this one very sincere final Bitmoji:
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