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The quickest way to use emoji on the iPhone or iPad

Emoji on iPhone
Emoji on iPhone (Image credit: iMore)

There are few more expressive and fun ways to communicate with someone than using emoji. The fun little pictograms are everywhere, and it seems every update to iOS Apple sends out more emoji are always included. There are so many emoji on your iPhone and iPad that finding the right ones can be a little bit of a pain.

The good news is there's a better way to find the emoji you really want to use! Here are the two quickest ways to use emoji on your iPhone and iPad.

How to use QuickType Keyboard emoji suggestions

If you use the QuickType Keyboard, you'll not only get word suggestions but emoji suggestions as well based on what you type. Here's how it works.

  1. Type a word that has an emoji associated with it.
  2. Tap the emoji you want to use.

Getting emoji recommendations in Messages showing how to type in the message field, then tap a predicted emoji, then tap Send (Image credit: iMore)

Pro tip: If you don't want the emoji to take the place of the word, put a space before you tap the emoji suggestion you want.

How quickly scroll through all emojis on iPhone and iPad

If you don't know what word is associated with a certain emoji you can always quickly scroll through the entire library of emojis with a couple of taps.

  1. Tap the emoji picker from your iPhone or iPad keyboard. It's in the bottom-left.
  2. Swipe to the left or right to find the emoji you want to use.
  3. Tap the emoji to insert it into the field.

Selecting Emoji on iPhone showing the steps to tap the emoji picker and then swipe left or right to pick the emoji you want (Image credit: iMore)

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Luke Filipowicz
Luke Filipowicz

Luke Filipowicz has been a writer at iMore, covering Apple for nearly a decade now. He writes a lot about Apple Watch and iPad but covers the iPhone and Mac as well. He often describes himself as an "Apple user on a budget" and firmly believes that great technology can be affordable if you know where to look. Luke also heads up the iMore Show — a weekly podcast focusing on Apple news, rumors, and products but likes to have some fun along the way. 


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