Use Animoji on your iPhone X and later

With an iPhone X or later, you can create your very own Animoji that uses your voice and mirrors your facial expressions.

 
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Create and send an Animoji

You can create your own Animoji and share it with anyone using an iOS device, Mac, or smartphone. Here's how:

  1. Open Messages and tap compose message to start a new message. Or go to an existing conversation.
  2. Tap animoji icon
  3. Choose an Animoji. Tap  gray bar icon  to see your Animoji in full screen.
  4. Look into your iPhone and place your face inside the frame.
  5. To start recording, tap record icon. To stop, tap stop recording icon. You can record up to 30 seconds.
  6. To preview your Animoji, tap replay message in the top-left corner. To choose a different Animoji using the same recording, tap another Animoji. To delete the Animoji, tap delete icon .
  7. Tap send message icon to send.

animoji sticker

Create an Animoji sticker

Decorate your messages with your very own custom Animoji stickers. Here's how:

  1. Open Messages and tap compose message to start a new message. Or go to an existing conversation.
  2. Tap animoji icon
  3. Choose an Animoji, then look into your iPhone and place your face inside the frame.
  4. Make a facial expression, then touch and hold the Animoji and drag it to the message thread.

Save an Animoji

To save an Animoji that you create or receive:

  1. Open the message.
  2. Touch and hold the Animoji.
  3. Tap Save.

You can also tap the Animoji in the message to open it in full screen, then tap  and tap Save Video.

You can find a saved Animoji in the Photos app on your iOS device, but you can't save an Animoji sticker.

animoji with FaceTime

Use Animoji with FaceTime

  1. Open FaceTime and make a call. 
  2. When the call starts, tap effects icon.
  3. Tap the Animoji or Memoji that you want to use.
  4. Continue your FaceTime call with your Animoji or tap x icon to continue without an Animoji or go back to the FaceTime menu.

To change your Animoji or Memoji, or to remove it during a FaceTime call, repeat steps 2-4.

Animoji with camera effects

Use Animoji with Camera Effects

With Camera Effects in iOS 12, you can liven up your conversations even more. Quickly create and share a photo or video with Animoji:

  1. Open Messages and tap compose message to create a new message. Or go to an existing conversation.
  2. Tap camera icon, then take a photo or video.
  3. Tap effects icon, tap animoji icon, then pick your Animoji*. You can add more effects to your photo or video.
  4. After you select the Animoji that you want to use, tap x icon in bottom-right corner, then tap gray circle icon.
  5. Tap send icon to send or tap Done to add a personal message before you send your photo. If you don't want to send the photo, tap X icon in the upper-right corner of the photo.

* You need an iPhone X or later to use Animoji and Memoji.

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