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.
Step 2: Select the General option.
Step 3: Scroll down and select the Keyboard option.
Step 4: Select the Keyboard option at the top of the screen.
Step 5: Touch the Add New Keyboard button.
Step 6: Scroll down and 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.
Step 8: Tap inside the text message body field, then touch 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.
You can return to the regular keyboard by tapping the globe icon again.
You can also add emojis by typing words related to that emoji. For example, if you typed the word “smiley” it would show some smiley face options in the gray predictive bar, or if you typed the word “shrug” it would show some shrugging emoji options.
Now that you know how to put emojis in iPhone messages, you can start to incorporate them into your communication with your friends and family a little more easily.
You can adjust many of the other settings that affect the keyboard in the Messages app by going to Settings > General > Keyboard. Here, you will see options that let you use caps lock or predictive text, as well as control whether or not the autocorrect feature is enabled on the device.
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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