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How To Add or Edit WhatsApp Custom Emoticons

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  1. Rashesh says:

    The error is appear after firing “java -jar apktool.jar b WhatsApp_2.12.158” this command.
    even, I’ve given the same name as apkname of my whatsapp folder name in command which is “java -jar apktool.jar b whatsapp”. there is no issue with command.

    let me know how can I rid out of below error!

    I: Using Apktool 2.0.0-RC4
    Exception in thread “main” brut.androlib.AndrolibException: apktool.yml
    at brut.androlib.Androlib.readMetaFile(
    at brut.apktool.Main.cmdBuild(
    at brut.apktool.Main.main(
    Caused by: apktool.yml
    at brut.androlib.Androlib.readMetaFile(
    … 4 more

    1. Bharat Khatri says:

      Apktool can’t find the yml file.
      That means you had some errors while decompiling.
      yml file is created at decompile and placed inside your decompiled apk folder.
      If it’s not there something went south at decompiling process.
      did you download all of the required software from this post?

      1. Utkarsh says:

        hello i too see same error as quoted by Rashesh in above post….
        i have downloaded all the setups mentioned in this post…
        what we else need to fix this problem …plz tel me ..

        1. Bharat Khatri says:

          while working with the names of folder and apk, make sure to type with right case. As these are case sensitive.
          apktool for ics and jb.
          try this, if you don’t have lollipop.

  2. Sai Sai says:

    hellooo,i completed dat task up to d last end,problem is dat i can find dat replaced emoji only in my phn ,wen i was tryng to send dat for me am sendng d replaced one but for d receiver its not so…i need a soln for dis ,and as mentioned it shud be installed on d recievers side too but dat installation is not happeng…try to solvedissssssss..

    1. Bharat Khatri says:

      what is the error when you try to install the edited Whatsapp on your friends phone?

      1. Sai Sai says:

        Its not getting installed IT IS SHOWING AS APP NOT INSTALLED

        1. Bharat Khatri says:

          you are doing something wrong while signing the app

  3. Sai Sai says:

    hellooo,i completed dat task up to d last end,problem is dat i can find dat replaced emoji only in my phn ,wen i was tryng to send dat for me am sendng d replaced one but for d receiver its not so…i need a soln for dis ,and as mentioned it shud be installed on d recievers side too but dat installation is not happeng…try to solvedissssssss..and while entering into cmd it is notifying as UNABLE TO ACCESS JAR FILE solve dis..!!

    1. Bharat Khatri says:

      unable to access jar file implies that java is not installed on your system. install java development kit and then try again.

  4. Dhruv Goyal says:

    The same error is coming during the cmd process – unable to find “apktool.yml”
    tried starting the whole process from the begining twice…..PLEASE HELP

  5. Bhavin says:

    Plz send me these whatsapp apk file .

    1. Bharat Khatri says:


  6. Dhruv Goyal says:

    i installed apkyool.yml from another site and it recompiled well!
    in the last step when i install it shows “app not installed”????

    1. Bharat Khatri says:

      you have to use the exact apktool provided in the links. there are many edited versions of it over the web. they might not work well.
      and don’t forget to sign the apk using “apksigner” or the app won’t install.

  7. arpit says:

    and when i sign the apk file it say access denied so plz help me

    1. Bharat Khatri says:

      use zipsigner from the link given in the post.
      you won’t get any errors using that application.

  8. Luke says:

    There is no need to use apktool for this. You can simply drag and drop your edited emoticon in “res/drawable-hdpi-v4” directly from WinRAR/7Zip without extracting it. Then you have to sign it as the guide told you.
    The error experienced by Rashes is because he has not decompiled the apk file but just extracted as the guide told him to do.
    In this way apktool.yml is not generated and it’s impossible to recompile the folder later.
    Anyway thank you very much for your help because it did the trick! Bye

  9. John says:

    Thanks for this tutorial.

    I have a question. Are we the only one who can see the custom emojis or everybody who chat with us can see them ?

    Also, do we lost our custom emojis when we update WhatsApp from the Play Store ?

    1. Bharat Khatri says:

      only you can see the edited emojis. that is why there is a step where you need to install this apk to the reciever’s end too.

  10. andres says:

    When I install the apk whatsapp it close. I dont open the modified apk file.

  11. Charlotte W says:

    Hi, thanks a lot for your sharing!!

    I got stuck at the java part…

    I put the extracted apktool, extracted WhatsApp folder and WhatsApp apk under a folder named New Folder on desktop, no matter I input
    java -jar apktool.jar b New Folder or java -jar apktool.jar b WhatsApp_2.12.367

    I got the same error msg, Error: Unable to access jarfile apktool.jar

    Is it my Java problem??

    I dont’ have problems to replace the emoji with my new 48×48 png, so I didn’t use the imagemagick, this should not cause any problems right??

    Thank you!!

    1. Charlotte W says:

      Okay now please forget my above comments, I just saw the comment above by Luke, I drag and drop the modified emoji into the WhatsApp apk without extracted it. I hope it’ll do the trick.

      Now I got another problem, I followed the last few steps, signed and renamed it, but failed to install it, any solution of this? Thanks!!

      1. Charlotte W says:

        I’ve tried to uninstalled the original WhatsApp, it worked, I can install the modified WhatsApp, but another problem pops up… I’m not able to verify my phone number, neither by SMS nor by voice, I got the error notice: Something is wrong with your version of WhatsApp. Please download the latest version from the Google Play Store. T_T

        1. annonymous says:

          Any Solution fro the same error??

  12. Ashik says:

    Will the recipient of this message be able to see this NEW emoticon in his chat if I send him ?

  13. pavan says:


    Would you please send me the developed APK file to me

    1. Alok says:

      Sorry but I can’t reach the writer of this article from so long. And I’m not so well aware of this trick. Kindly ask the subscribers here on this article.

  14. Bruno says:

    Will the person I send the edited emoji receive the normal or the edited if this person doesn’t have the modified set?

    1. Alok says:

      The other person has to follow the same procedure to get that edited emoji.

  15. Irka says:

    Im not doing it now, but im interested with this post. but before im doing it, may i ask is it client side? i mean if i change some emoticon in that apk, is it change as well on person that we send edited emoticon from our whatsapp?

    1. Alok says:

      Nope! this has to be done on both side actually. Or you can just update your WhatsApp version as it is a default emoticon in WhatsApp these days.

  16. hakanu says:

    Hi everyone. I could not be successful on this way. I want to share my solution.
    Do exactly what author says about creating the emoticon.
    After that follow me :D.
    download an application from google play which allows you to edit apk s.
    ( I used an app named ‘apk editor’ )
    open the app,
    find the whatsapp
    choose simple changes
    everything will be seen clearly as you will see
    find the res\drawable-hdpi
    tap on a replace button of your unwanted emoticon, a window will pop-up.
    you will choose your design.
    by the way you will have an apk. you must uninstall the original one, later you will install your edited one. before doing it you should backup.
    sorry for my bad english, and my bad explanation. I thought that it is easy and you do not need my guide after downloading an apk editor. 🙂

    1. Alok says:

      Thanks Hakanu for sharing your procedure to do this task. Hope other users will get it properly. Try restart your device.

  17. bas says:

    hey! i’ve completed all the steps.
    But when I run the application (new version) the verification doesn’t work.
    I get this notification “Something is wrong with your version of WhatsApp, please download the latest version from the google playstore”.
    all the other steps worked well, i can succesfully install it, i can open it. but phone verification isn’t possible. but that’s needed to continue whatsapp

    1. Alok says:

      This issue is new, I suppose your WhatsApp version is not yet updated to the date. Try restart your device.

      1. bas says:

        wow, you reply fast

        any way, thats what i also found on internet
        (” i have the same problem. so 1st u have to uninstall wts ap + then install wts app from play store. just log in. chat with some one and take a back up. then uninstall in and install + but do not log in. then reboot your phone. after that log in … it will be k now…..”)

        i’m now trying to do that, i’ll leave a comment in a few minutes if it worked!

        already thanks 😉

        1. bas says:

          still not working… :/

          1. Alok says:

            Your whatsapp is not loging in???

  18. bas says:

    indeed, i’ve the latest version of whatsapp installed when i completed the first steps of the tutorail

    1. Alok says:

      I don’t know much about this issue at this time. Maybe it caused by some latest update in app.

  19. bas says:

    indeed, i don’t think i’m getting it worked on my phone.
    but at least i could give it a try 😉

    but thank you for your help!

    1. Alok says:

      Anytime and sorry for not so helpful for you on this issue.

      1. bas says:

        you don’t have to say sorry for that 😉 you’re also human, you can’t know everything 😛

  20. Jvalant says:

    I would like to tell a simpler method to do this. Using the app “APK Editor” you can easily replace these images. No need to use a PC.

  21. santhosh says:

    where i can download imagemagick for 32 bit windows Os. Someone please help me:-

    1. Alok says:

      It is already given in the article. Here you can download it from this link

  22. Aayush says:

    i am trying to type command in cmd but the error comes as such
    “Unable to access jarfile apktool.jar” i hav written correct name of folder. help me plz.

    1. Alok says:

      It could be due to one of these issue:
      1- You missed something while typing command in cmd, I think there could be some mistake with your path “b AppFolder”. Where appfolder is the name of your extracted folder.
      2- Some issue with your java installation.

  23. Shubham says:

    Does this work on Hike ??

    1. Alok says:

      I don’t think it will work on Hike.

  24. Nizam says:

    hi friends the procedure which have shown is not working properly in my Z1 Compaq can you please advice me how to do it.

  25. that me says:

    someone also post exactly the same. who wrote it?

    1. Alok says:

      It happens when it comes to a viral post. It do get shared everywhere. It was originally written by one of our blog’s writer named Bharat on JUL 28, 2015. And its almost all sub heading were personally edited by me. So as you can see all sub heading are same as it here on my blog. I would clap for this copy-paste person. 😛

      You can also make google search with title and you will know about the exact dates when both were published. That guys published it on Sep 24, 2015. So it must be clear to you already 🙂

  26. edogawa says:

    I tried to change whatsapp emoticon from line emoticons. When I verify my phone number, there is notification that “something is wrong with your version of WhatsApp. Please download the lastest version from the google play store”.

    Any Suggest Sir ?

    Thanx in advance

    1. Julio says:

      Having the same issue as above,

      1. Alok says:

        It must be some issue with latest version of WhatsApp. Try reinstalling it.

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