What is TikTok’s viral emoji challenge?

Georgina Smith
TikTok logo next to emojis on phone

TikTok users are going viral with their takes on the emoji acting challenge, which sees them use various emojis as inspiration for their acting choices — and now there’s even an ’emoji word challenge’ filter to make it easier to join in.

All kinds of new trends are going viral on TikTok every week, and in particular, many users love the array of challenges that pop up on the platform on a regular basis.

One challenge that has been popular on TikTok throughout August (although it has been around on the app for a while now) is being dubbed the ’emoji acting challenge’ by many, and people are continuing to go viral with their interpretations of the trend.

What is the emoji acting challenge?

As the name suggests, this challenge involves people selecting a series of emojis that they display in a line on their screen, including everything from the cry-laugh emoji, to the devil. Then they repeat the same sentence or word, each time using the emoji as inspiration for their delivery of the lines.

Some decided to give their best attempt at the challenge, using their facial expression and voice to transform themselves into characters inspired by their chosen emojis.

However, many have turned the acting challenge into a meme, picking the most random sentences and emojis possible, and turning them into skits that are garnering hundreds of thousands of likes and millions of views on the platform.

How to get the emoji word challenge filter

In another addition to this popular challenge, user lauragouillon created a filter for the similarly named ’emoji word challenge,’ which randomly generates a series of emojis, and a specific sentence you have to read out.

The sentences consist of things like ‘I love you,’ ‘Hey bestie,’ and ‘You’re stunning,’ and the filter adds an extra layer of difficulty to the challenge, as you can’t select your own emojis and sentences like you can with the regular acting challenge.

To try the filter for yourself, simply do as follows:

  1. Open TikTok.
  2. Click on the plus icon to open your camera.
  3. Tap the ‘Effects’ button in the bottom left corner.
  4. Type ‘Emoji word challenge’ in the search bar.
  5. Scroll down, and click the filter created by ‘lauragouillon.’
  6. Press the record button to start, and wait for the words and emojis to randomly generate. Tap the screen again to generate new ones.

This isn’t the only challenge to have had a surge in popularity on TikTok in recent months. The Tortilla Challenge was one that garnered millions of views throughout June and July, with even Kevin Hart and Dwayne Johnson joining in on the viral trend.