Hey there @userM8mdHvABWg
Thanks for that screenshot. It helps to see what you're looking at exactly. Recent changes did alter the layout of the keyboard, but it actually just made it easier. Right next to the cog that you hit before taking that screenshot is a button with " ! # " on it. Select that one to see the emoji button and all those happy emojis. ^_^
Interesting, that usually changes the cog/mic to emojis. Try clicking that cog now (after having pulled up the alt characters) to see if Emojis re-appeared there.
Hmm, did you check with a different keyboard? Perhaps that would help for now. I don't really want you to have to do a factory reset either, but if you're using the default Samsung Keyboard the steps above should have let you see the emojis.
Every single time I change my keyboard to GBoard from the samsung default keyboard on my Galaxy S7 edge, it goes back - EVERY SINGLE TIME. Would you happen to know : is there a way to change it and it will stay? I've done EVERYTHING, from changing it in the settings, going into the app itself, idk what to do, it's crazy. Thank you in advance