Why Don’t I Have a Smiley Face on My iPhone Keyboard?

If you have used or seen someone else’s iPhone, you may have noticed that they had a small key with a smiley face on it that appeared when they typed text messages or emails. But if you open the keyboard on your own iPhone, that key might not be present. If your iPhone does not currently have the smiley face key, then you don’t have access to the emojis that you might be seeing in text messages that are sent to you.

Fortunately this is not a permanent condition, and you can take a few short steps that will activate the Emoji keyboard on your iPhone, which will add that smiley face key and allow you to include smiley faces and other emojis in your texts.


Adding Emojis to an iPhone 5

These steps were performed on an iPhone 5, but they will work for other iPhone models running iOS 9 as well. Note that this method is going to show you how to add the Emoji keyboard that is included on your iPhone by default, but is simply not activated by default. You will not need to download any new keyboards, nor will you need to install any new apps. But if you want access to a different type of emojis, then check out the Bitmoji keyboard.

Step 1: Open Settings.

open settings



Step 2: Open General.

open general



Step 3: Scroll down and select Keyboard.

select keyboard



Step 4: Open Keyboards.

open keyboards menu



Step 5: Select Add New Keyboard.

add a new keyboard



Step 6: Scroll down and select Emoji.

where is smiley face key on iphone



Once you have followed the steps above, you will see a smiley face key to the left of your space bar (Note that if you have another keyboard installed, you will need to hit the globe icon first.) If you tap that button, you will see the menu of emojis available to you. Simply tap one of those emojis to insert it into your text message or email.

If you find later that you do not want the emoji keyboard, either because you do not want it anymore or because you hit the emoji key all the time by accident, you can remove it in a similar way. This guide will show you how.

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