iOS: Using emoji (emoticons)

Learn about emoji, a special set of images and emoticons you can use in messages, emails, and more.

iOS offers several hundred emoji that you can access using the emoji keyboard.

To enable emoji from the keyboard settings in iOS:

  1. Tap Settings > General > Keyboard.
  2. Tap Keyboards.
  3. Tap Add New Keyboard.
  4. Locate and tap Emoji.

Once you enable emoji, you can access the emoji keyboard by tapping the globe icon to the right of the Space bar:

Emoji images

Emoji images

You can switch emoji themes by tapping the icons along the bottom of the keyboard. In each theme, you can swipe left or right to view additional emoji characters.

You can access emoji you've recently used by tapping the clock icon next to the globe icon.

Additional Information

When sending emoji to non-iOS devices (other mobile phones, computers, or applications), the emoji may not appear as expected.

Last Modified: Jul 7, 2014
  • Last Modified: Jul 7, 2014
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