Curious about how to make it easier to insert Emoji icons into a text message, email or iMessage? It turns out there's a great workaround to switching between the normal keyboard and the Emoji keyboard, navigating to the emoticon you're looking for, then switching back to the normal keyboard to resume your message. In this tip, we'll show you how to use Emoji much more efficiently using keyboard shortcuts in iOS 5.
Before getting started, you'll have to enable the Emoji keyboard from within the Settings app.
At this point, your keyboard setup will allow you to switch over to the Emoji keyboard by tapping the small globe next to the 123 button.
All you have to do next is setup your own custom keyboard shortcuts for emoticons now that you have the Emoji keyboard enabled.
That's it! This tip saves boatloads of time when trying to input Emoji and it's a total no-brainer with the new keyboard shortcut feature in iOS 5.
Thanks @kcmon for the tip!
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