How do you disable the Emoticon to Emoji thing

If it isn't smart emojis, and it isn't a problem with my phone's keyboard, what am I supposed to do to get rid of it? The only solution Verizon gives is "Use a space between the " : " and the " ) " but that only works on your side and is a huge nuisance. If there is any up to date solution that doesn't include me deleting the app, please share it with me.

Since they always ask, I have a Samsung S21+

Re: How do you disable the Emoticon to Emoji thing
Customer Service Rep

KdogSims, thanks so much for reaching out to us via this platform. I want to help with this in any way possible. Have you tried to follow these steps: Open the menu located at the top-left corner and select Settings; You will find an option titled Enable Smart Emojis and turn off the switch button?-Dia