Use emoji (emoticons) on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch

Choose from hundreds of emoji to use in your messages, emails, and more.

Open the emoji keyboard

You can find the emoji keyboard in any app that uses the standard keyboard. Tap in a text field, then tap Smiley face icon. If you have multiple keyboards turned on, press and hold Globe icon, then select Emoji.

Emoji keyboard

Use the icons at the bottom of the keyboard to switch emoji themes, or swipe left and right to view more. Tap Clock icon to see emoji you've used recently.

In iOS 8.3 and later, you can change the skin tone of some emoji. Tap and hold an emoji to see different skin tone variations. When you choose a skin tone, it will be saved as the default.

Emoji keyboard showing skin tone picker

If you don't see the emoji keyboard

Make sure that the emoji keyboard is turned on:

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

Learn more

Find out why emoji might look different or display unexpected characters on non-iOS devices (other mobile phones, computers, or apps).

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