How to Put Emojis in an iPhone Message

Almost everyone uses emojis when they send text messages, but it isn’t something that you can do on your iPhone by default. You need to add the emoji keyboard to your device so that it is accessible through the Messages app. Performing this action is free, so you won’t need to pay anything extra to gain access to it, but you will need to follow a few short steps to get it to start working.

Once you have installed the emoji keyboard using our steps below, then you will be able to open your Messages app and start adding emoji icons to your messages. We will show you how to do this as well, so you will be all ready to start adding emojis to your text messages once you have finished completing the steps in this guide.


Adding an Emoji to an iPhone Text Message

These steps were written using an iPhone 6 Plus, in iOS 8.1.2. The exact steps may vary for earlier versions of iOS.


Step 1: Open the Settings menu.

open settings



Step 2: Select the General option.

select general



Step 3: Scroll down and select the Keyboard option.

touch the keyboard button



Step 4: Select the Keyboard option at the top of the screen.

touch the keyboard button again



Step 5: Touch the Add New Keyboard button.

touch the add new keyboard button



Step 6: Scroll down and select the Emoji option.

select the emoji option



Step 7: Press the Home button under your screen to exit the menu, then press the Messages icon to launch the app.

open the messages app



Step 8: Tap inside the text message body field, then touch the globe icon.

tap the globe icon



Step 9: Navigate through the assorted emoji options by swiping left and right on the gray section, or by tapping the different icons at the bottom of the screen. You can insert an emoji simply by tapping the emoji that you want to use.

tap an emoji to add it to your message



You can return to the regular keyboard by tapping the globe icon again.


If you decide that you no longer wish to use the emoji keyboard, or if you have installed a different keyboard that you do not want, then learn how to delete an installed keyboard from your iPhone.

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