iOS quick tips: How to enable and use the Emoji keyboard

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in iPhone edited July 2014
Apple's iOS is a powerful mobile operating system, but many of its most productive features are hidden or simply not well known. With this iOS Quick Tip, AppleInsider shows users how to enable and use the built-in emoji keyboard.


Enable and use the emoji keyboard

Add Emoji keyboard


What it is: Emoji are a wide-ranging set of text messaging emoticons originally developed by Japanese mobile carrier SoftBank. Turning the emoji keyboard on previously required downloading a third-party app or jailbreaking your device, but Apple now allows anyone to add it with a simple settings change.

How to activate it:
  1. Navigate to SettingsGeneralKeyboardKeyboards

  2. Tap "Add New Keyboard..."

  3. Select "Emoji" from the list
Note: You can also add additional keyboards from the "International" settings screen.

How to use it:

Use emoji keyboard


You can switch to emoji entry using the globe icon in the lower-left hand corner of the keyboard. Tapping the globe will cycle between the enabled keyboards, while holding it down will pop up a list to select from.
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Comments

  • Reply 1 of 14
    zenwaveszenwaves Posts: 81member
    10 train emojis, 1 rocket ship .... and not a single f'ing motorcycle.

    Doesn't anyone in Cupertino have a pair?
  • Reply 2 of 14
    snovasnova Posts: 1,281member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by zenwaves View Post



    10 train emojis, 1 rocket ship .... and not a single f'ing motorcycle.



    Doesn't anyone in Cupertino have a pair?

    its not up to Apple.  As I understand it these are just maps to unicode.   Get "motorcycle" assigned to a unicode value first.

     

    http://apps.timwhitlock.info/emoji/tables/unicode

  • Reply 3 of 14
    zenwaveszenwaves Posts: 81member
    Didn't know that - thanks. At least there's a surfing emoji ...


    Quote:

    Originally Posted by snova View Post

     

    its not up to Apple.  As I understand it these are just maps to unicode.   Get "motorcycle" assigned to a unicode value first.

     

    http://apps.timwhitlock.info/emoji/tables/unicode


  • Reply 4 of 14
    I had no idea this was available and I've been using iPads and iPhones since 2010.

    Whoever at Appleinsider Staff decided to share this, I thank you.

    I knew there was a legit reason for viewing this site.
  • Reply 5 of 14

    Just be aware that if you choose yet another keyboard (to have another language in addition to your first language), you have to be careful when switching back and forth from the Emoji keyboard. A few times I was typing English on the Dutch keyboard without knowing it, and boy, did the auto-correction look completely bonkers!

  • Reply 6 of 14
    curtis hannahcurtis hannah Posts: 1,745member
    The amount of lag to post this post...

    Yeah this features been here for years, just wonder why if most people use it why apple has not made it a default keyboard itself?
  • Reply 7 of 14
    dunksdunks Posts: 1,236member
    It would be amazing if they let me remove the dictation microphone from the keyboard without turning off Siri, or at least change the button to hold to activate. I activate it unintentionally ALL THE TIME and it makes that stupid "ding ding" sound even when the phone is on silent.
  • Reply 8 of 14
    Great tip thanks AI. Keep them coming as I'm sure lots of readers only know half of lots of hidden features ????
  • Reply 9 of 14
    baconstangbaconstang Posts: 540member

    You can have the "voice" speak the emoji too!

  • Reply 10 of 14
    benjamin frostbenjamin frost Posts: 7,203member
    zenwaves wrote: »
    10 train emojis, 1 rocket ship .... and not a single f'ing motorcycle.

    Doesn't anyone in Cupertino have a pair?

    There's a bicycle—that's better.

    As to whether anyone has a pair in Cupertino: remember, this is Apple. Why would they have a pair? It's Apple; why would they have a pair? Apple—are you getting it now? ????????
  • Reply 11 of 14
    benjamin frostbenjamin frost Posts: 7,203member
    The amount of lag to post this post...

    Yeah this features been here for years, just wonder why if most people use it why apple has not made it a default keyboard itself?

    I think that if Apple made emojis the default confusion, it might cause some keyboard.
  • Reply 12 of 14

    Type Emoji with shortcuts 



    To use Emoji (ideograms or characters)   in messaging.  



    Go to Settings> General> Keyboard> Keyboards> Add New Keyboard> Emoji. 

    Go to Settings> General> Keyboard> Add New Shortcut 

    Emoji Insert a frequently used phrases. 

    Enter a text shortcut used to convert Emoji. 

  • Reply 13 of 14

    1. Navigate to Settings ? General ? Keyboard ? Keyboards

    2. Tap "Add New Keyboard..."

    3. Select "Emoji" from the list

    4. Done !!!

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