Animoji and Memoji: The Ultimate Guide

How to create and send Animoji on the iPhone X
How to create and send Animoji on the iPhone X

Animoiji is Apple's iPhone X-only animated emoji feature for Messages that allows you to send a funny fox, snarky chicken, or singing panda to any of your contacts. Your facial features, creativity, and the (currently set to) 10-second timer are your only limits.

Recently Apple has introduced Memoji as well, which is the same thing but instead of a cute and cuddly unicorn or high-powered robot, you create an avatar that looks just like you.

Memoji lets users create 3D avatars of themselves that you can use in a similar way to Animoji. The only difference is that your 3D buddy on screen looks like you! (Animoji and Memoji: Everything you need to know)

How to create and send Animoji and Memoji

You can create and send Animoji and Memoji from right inside the iPhone X Messages apps.

The feature is integrated into iMessage apps and accessible from the App button. Just tap it, choose your Animoji avatar, record, and send.

How to share Animoji and Memoji

Memoji on iPhone (Image credit: iMore)

You need an iPhone X to create Animoji and Memoji — yes, really — but your friends, family, and colleagues don't need one to receive them or to re-share them!

How to make Animoji and Memoji Karaoke

Animoji and Memoji Karaoke is really more like Animoji or dubsmash or whatever it is we're calling lipsyncing these days. You play some music, you move your mouth, and your iPhone X turns it into an animated emoji singing a song. It can be as simple as mouthing along to a song or as complex as a multi-layer video edit.

Animoji and Memoji problems and how to fix them

You can use Animoji and Memoji to send fun, sweet, salty messages to friends with your facial expressions perfectly matched to a dog, cat, unicorn, robot, you… even poop! At least, that's the hope when it works. What do you do when your Animoji and Memoji go bad? When they freeze or fail to track your face? When they skip or just plain stop?

These are all the amazing things you can do with Animoji and Memoji!

Whether it's using Animoji or Memoji for some fun-time karaoke, using Animoji or Memoji as the perfect reaction GIF, or even pairing Animoji or Memoji with your favorite movie scenes of all time, people are getting creative with these exclusive iPhone X features in more and more ways every single day.

Best third-party uses for Animoji and Memoji

Taking a screenshot on iPhone X

On top of sending messages and making hilarious videos, there are actually a couple of really cool things you can do with Animoji and Memoji! Check out some third-party uses and get creative with your Animoji-self!

How to use Animoji and Memoji in FaceTime and Messages

Looking at how to get the most out of Animoji and Memoji through FaceTime and Messages? There are a few steps you can take in order to become an Animoji and Memoji pro!

Your Animoji and Memoji questions?

Got any comments, questions, eye-rolls-so-hard about Animoji and Memoji? Drop them in the comments below!

Rene Ritchie

Rene Ritchie is one of the most respected Apple analysts in the business, reaching a combined audience of over 40 million readers a month. His YouTube channel, Vector, has over 90 thousand subscribers and 14 million views and his podcasts, including Debug, have been downloaded over 20 million times. He also regularly co-hosts MacBreak Weekly for the TWiT network and co-hosted CES Live! and Talk Mobile. Based in Montreal, Rene is a former director of product marketing, web developer, and graphic designer. He's authored several books and appeared on numerous television and radio segments to discuss Apple and the technology industry. When not working, he likes to cook, grapple, and spend time with his friends and family.