How to enable and use emoji on your iPhone or iPad

How do I use Emoji on my iPhone or iPad? Almost any app that uses your keyboard can use Emoji!

Language is constantly evolving, and even though language purists may not like it, communicating with Emoji is becoming more and more common especially in social communication. Apple's latest iOS has taken Emoji integration to new heights by offering you a ton of new ways to use Emoji. Show your 😁 (smile) to the 🌎 (world) and have a 💥 (blast) with Emoji!

How to use Emoji on iPhone and iPad

Most apps that use the Keyboard can access all the Emoji, I'll use the Messages app to show you how they work.

  1. Launch the app you want to use.
  2. Tap on the text field you want to use the Emoji.
  3. Tap on the Next Keyboard key. It's the key with the icon of the Globe.

    Launch the app you want to use, tap on the text field you want to use the Emoji, and then tap on the Next Keyboard button.

  4. Swipe left or right to browse all the Emoji

  5. Tap the Emoji you want to use.
  6. Tap the version of the Emoji you want to use. This may not appear on all Emoji, so you won't always have to do this step.

    Swipe left or right to browse all the Emoji, tap the Emoji you want to use, and tap the version of the Emoji you want to use if applicable.

How to disable Emoji on your iPhone or iPad

By default the Emoji Keyboard is active on your iPhone or iPad, if you perfer to avoid it, you can disable it at anytime.

  1. Launch the Settings app from your Home screen.
  2. Tap General.
  3. Tap Keyboard.

    Launch the settings app from your Home screen, tap General, and then tap Keyboard.

  4. Tap Keyboards.

  5. Swipe left on Emoji.
  6. Tap Delete. Tap Keyboards, swipe left on Emoji and then tap Delete.

How to enable Emoji on your iPhone or iPad

If you want to start using Emoji again, you can enable the keyboard at anytime.

  1. Launch the Settings app from your Home screen.
  2. Tap General.
  3. Tap Keyboard.

    Launch the settings app from your Home screen, tap General, and then tap Keyboard.

  4. Tap Add New Keyboard.

  5. Tap Emoji.

    Tap Add New Keyboard and the tap Emoji.

Any questions?

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