How to Enable the Emoji Emoticon Keyboard in iOS

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How to Enable the Emoji Emoticon Keyboard in iOS

Two Parts:Enabling the Emoji KeyboardUsing Emoji When TypingCommunity Q&A

This wikiHow teaches you how to add emoji options to your iPhone’s keypad, as well as how to use them. The Emoji keyboard is available on all iPhones and iPads running iOS 5 or higher; since the current iOS version is iOS 11, your iPhone or iPad should support emoji use.

Part 1

Enabling the Emoji Keyboard

  1. 1
    Open your iPhone’s Settings

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    . Tap the Settings app icon, which resembles a grey box with gears on it.

  2. 2
    Scroll down and tap

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    General. This option is near the top of the Settings page.

  3. 3
    Scroll down and tap Keyboard. It’s near the bottom of the “General” page.
  4. 4
    Tap Keyboards. You’ll find this near the top of the screen. Doing so opens a list of keyboards that you currently have active on your iPhone.
  5. 5
    Look for the Emoji keyboard here. If you see an option labeled Emoji in the list of keyboards near the top of the screen, your iPhone’s emoji keyboard is already enabled and you can proceed to using the keyboard. If not, proceed.
  6. 6
    Tap Add New Keyboard…. It’s near the middle of the screen. This will bring up a list of available keyboards.
  7. 7
    Scroll down and tap Emoji. You’ll find it in the “E” section of the keyboards page. Tapping it will immediately add it to your iPhone’s keyboard.
  8. 8
    Close the Settings app. Press the Home button at the bottom of your iPhone’s screen to do so. You can now use emoji from your iPhone’s keyboard.

Part 2

Using Emoji When Typing

  1. 1
    Open an app that supports typing. Any app with a text field (e.g., Messages, Facebook, Notes, etc.) will be enough to allow you to open your iPhone’s keypad.
  2. 2
    Open the keypad. Tap the text field or typing option to do so. Your iPhone’s keypad will appear at the bottom of the screen.
  3. 3
    Tap the emoji icon. This smiley-face icon is in the lower-left corner of the keypad. Doing so will bring up your Emoji keyboard.

    • If your iPhone has more than one additional keyboard (three total), tap and hold the globe-shaped icon here, then slide your finger over to the Emoji option.
  4. 4
    Select an emoji category. Tap one of the visual tabs at the bottom of the screen to display a category of emoji, or swipe from right to left to scroll through the available emoji.
  5. 5
    Select emoji. Tap any emoji that you want to type to enter them into the text field.
  6. 6
    Tap ABC. It’s in the bottom-left corner of the screen. This will take you back to the regular keyboard.

    • If you’re using emoji in a messaging context, you can tap the “Send” button to send your emoji in a text.

Community Q&A


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  • Question
    I have deleted my emoji board accidentally, how do I get it back?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer

    Go to Settings – there is an “add keyboard” option and you should find it there.

  • Question
    I want to delete emoji, but the delete button is shaded out. How do I do so?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer

    Go back to the normal keyboard.

  • Question
    How do I clear my most recent emojis?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer

    Remove the emoji keyboard and then enable it again. It should be reset after that.

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    • The word “emoji” is both singular and plural, though some sources use the words “emoticon” and “emoticons” to describe singular and plural emoji, respectively.

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