Messages in iOS 10 takes emoji to the next level. If that doesn't sound important to you, then you haven't seen the kind of cheers emoji get on stage or the amount of interest they generate on social. They're a big, smiley, thumbs-up deal! If you're on the developer preview or public beta and want to test them out, here's how!

How do you get the 3x bigger emoji in iMessage?

Bigger emoji are better emoji. They let you see all the details and convey all the emotions. If you're running iOS 10, iMessage can now show you emoji at three times the normal size. But only under certain circumstances.

  1. Enter one to three emoji in the iMessage text field.
  2. Tap the Send button. (Looks like an upward arrow)

    Open messages, choose up to three emoji

If you enter more than three emoji, they'll default back to 1x size. If you enter emoji and any other text, they'll default back to 1x size. So, if you really want 3x emoji, you can only send emoji, and you can only send one to three of them in a single iMessage.

How do you get emoji recommendations in iMessage?

If you're running iOS 10, Apple's predictive QuickType keyboard can suggest emoji as well as, you know, regular words. The predictive keyboard has to be turned on in Settings, and can't be hidden.

  1. Start typing in the iMessage text field.
  2. Tap any emoji predictions that show up in the prediction bar. If multiple predictions show up, tap the one you prefer.
  3. Tap the Send button. (Looks like an upward arrow)

Emoji predictions will show up whenever you type something that has a corresponding emoji. For example, "I'm happy" will predict "I'm [smiley face]". "My car" will suggest the "[car]" emoji.

How do you emojify an iMessage?

With iOS 10, "emojification" works similarly to emoji recommendations.

  1. Type an iMessage text field.
  2. Tap the Emoji button on the keyboard.

    Open Messages, type message, tap emoji button

  3. Tap on a word that's underlined in yellow to replace it with its corresponding emoji.

  4. Keep tapping words underlined in yellow until you've "emojified" everything you want.
  5. Tap the Send button. (Looks like an upward arrow)

    Tap yellow words, pick emoji, hit Send

With emojification, you can convert as many — or as few — words to emoji as you like.

How do you react with an emoji Tapback in iMessage?

Emoji aren't just for replying in iOS 10, they're also for reacting. Apple calls them Tapbacks. They're similar to Slack or Facebook emoji reactions, and drop right onto any iMessage bubble sent your way.

  1. Touch and hold (long press) on an iMessage sent your way.
  2. Tap the Tapback you want to send: Heart, thumbs up, thumbs down, Ha ha, !!, or ?.

    Open messages, tap message, select tapback

There's no need to hit send, the emoji reaction goes immediately.

What do the new Tapback emoji reactions mean?

Currently, in the iOS 10 beta, the following Tapback emoji are available:

  • Heart: Like, love, or fav
  • Thumbs up: Happy, approve, or agree
  • Thumbs down: Sad, disapprove, or disagree
  • Ha ha: Laugh, either happily or sarcastically.
  • !!: Exclaim emphatically.
  • ?: Question.

How do you change the emoji reaction Tapback in iMessage?

If you reply with the wrong Tapback, or you later decide you want a different Tapback, you can easily make the change.

  1. Touch and hold (long press) on an iMessage with the Tapback you want to change.
  2. Tap the Tapback you want to change to: Heart, thumbs up, thumbs down, Ha ha, !, or ?.

    Open messages, tap tapback, select new tapback

The new Tapback will take the place of the old one.

How do you delete the emoji reaction Tapback in iMessage?

If you accidentally send a Tapback, or have simply reconsider sending one, you can also remove it.

  1. Touch a Tapback that you wish to remove.
  2. Tap the Tapback you want to remove (i.e. if you want to remove Heart, tap Heart.)

    Open Messages, tap the tapback

The Tapback will disappear.

Do the 3x emoji and Tapbacks work on the Mac?

Sure do! With macOS Sierra you can send and receive both the new 3x emoji and the Tapbacks, right from the Mac.

What do you think about the new emoji in iOS 10? Will you be using them? Let me know!

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