How to use the Emoji keyboard on iPhone

Add smileys and other pictures to your texts, emails, notes, tweets and more using the Emoji keyboard on iPhone.

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Introduction to Emoji keyboard

Ever wondered how your friends add smileys, animals and other pictures to text messages, Tweets, emails, notes and more on their iPhone?

There's no need to download an app to get access to them: there's a built-in Emoji keyboard in iOS that, once activated, will give you access to all of those emoticons for free.

By the end of this step-by-step tutorial, you'll be able to simply tap a button on your keyboard, then pick the emoticons you’d like to add to the message, before switching back to normal typing.

Use the slideshow controls above and right to learn how to set up the Emoji keyboard on iPhone.

Read next: How to use emoji | What is emoji?

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Next Prev Emoji Emoticon Tutorial Intro

Ever wondered how your friends add smileys, animals and other pictures to text messages, Tweets, emails, notes and more on their iPhone?

There's no need to download an app to get access to them: there's a built-in Emoji keyboard in iOS that, once activated, will give you access to all of those emoticons for free.

By the end of this step-by-step tutorial, you'll be able to simply tap a button on your keyboard, then pick the emoticons you’d like to add to the message, before switching back to normal typing.

Use the slideshow controls above and right to learn how to set up the Emoji keyboard on iPhone.

Read next: How to use emoji | What is emoji?

 

Step 2 of 9: Access iOS settings

The first thing you'll need to do is go into your iPhone's Settings menu and tap General, then scroll down until you see Keyboard.

 

Step 3 of 9: Change Keyboard settings

Once in the Keyboard menu, scroll down until you see Keyboards, which will have a number next to it representing the number of Keyboards currently activated. (We only had one).

 

Step 4 of 9: Find your Keyboards

Tap Keyboards, and you'll see a list of the already enabled keyboards (here only English UK is enabled). Tap Add New Keyboard.

 

Step 5 of 9: Add the Emoji keyboard

Scroll through the list of available keyboards until you find Emoji, which you should then tap to add to your Keyboards list.

 

Step 6 of 9: Check Keyboards

Your Keyboards list should now look like the screenshot shown on the right.

 

Step 7 of 9: Find the Emoji symbol

Now, go to the app you want to use emoticons in. Here, we're using the Messages app.

You should now see an icon between the numbers and dictation options at the bottom of your keyboard, as highlighted in the screenshot on the right. This represents international keyboards, hence the globe-like symbol.

 

Step 8 of 9: Add smileys

By tapping the international keyboards icon, you'll now be presented with a completely different keyboard filled with tiny emoticons at your disposal.

 

Step 9 of 9: Add other emoticons

There are hundreds of different emoticons in the Emoji keyboard. Tap the different symbols along the bottom of the keyboard for different categories including, and swipe left and right to see more emoticons in each category.

So there you have it. Now you can send emoticons to your friends!

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