We use them every day to inject humor and emotion into our conversations. They’ve successfully transformed how we speak to each other digitally, which is why it can be so upsetting if emojis have vanished from your device!
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We feel your pain here at AppleToolBox, so this post shows you exactly how to get back the emoji keyboard on your iPhone.
Pro Tip: The steps are all the same for your iPad!
Why Has My Emoji Keyboard Gone Missing From My iPhone?
There are many reasons the emoji keyboard might have gone missing from your iPhone.
A software update may have changed some settings, a bug in the iOS may be causing problems, or the keyboard may have been accidentally deleted.
Whatever the reason is, it shouldn’t take long to return to normal. We’ve outlined the process below, starting with the easiest solution and progressing to a full reset.
How to Get Back the Emoji Keyboard on Your iPhone
You can try several steps to get the emoji keyboard back on your iPhone. To. make things easier for you to follow along with, we’ll break each of your options down into multiple sections below.
Select the Emoji Keyboard on Your iPhone
In some cases, you might not even have a problem with the emojis on your iPhone. Instead, you might simply have forgotten to return to the keyboard.
Below are the steps you can follow to choose the emoji keyboard on your iPhone.
- Open an app that uses the keyboard (Messages, Mail, etc.).
- Tap the smiley icon in your keyboard. Alternatively, hold down the globe icon and select Emoji from the dropdown menu.
- Enter the keywords for your emoji in the Search Emoji section, or scroll through the list of emojis. Tap whichever emojis you want to test the feature.
Check That Your Device Has the Emoji Keyboard Installed
If you can’t see the emoji keyboard on your iPhone, you might not have it installed. But fear not, as if that is the case, it doesn’t take a huge amount of time to do so.
Follow these steps to install the emoji keyboard.
- Open the Settings app and go to General.
- Select Keyboard.
- Click on the Keyboards tab at the top of the next window.
- Choose Add New Keyboard… at the bottom of the screen.
- Search for Emoji and install your new keyboard.
Remove and Re-Add the Emoji Keyboard
If the emoji keyboard was already added to your settings, try removing it and adding it back again. To do this, return to the Keyboards page and slide the Emoji option to the left.
Delete the Emoji Keyboard
- Launch the Settings > General.
- Tap Keyboard > Keyboards.
- Swipe left on Emoji.
- Tap Delete.
This reveals a red delete button. Once deleted, select Done and restart your iPhone.
Then, follow this process to add the emoji keyboard back again
- Go to Settings > General > Keyboard.
- Tap Add New Keyboard.
- Choose Emoji. You can search for it in the same way as you would have when looking for it from scratch.
Still No Emoji Keyboard After Trying These Tips?
In rare instances, you might struggle to add the emoji keyboard back on your iPhone. This should not be a problem that occurs, so you’ll need to take some additional steps.
Update Your Operating Software
The emoji keyboard has been around for years, so it shouldn’t make much difference in which iOS version your iPhone is running. However, if those grinning yellow faces are still missing from your iPhone, it’s best to ensure you’re up to date.
To check that your iPhone is running on the latest software:
- Go to Settings > General > Software Update.
- If your iPhone software is up to date, you’ll see a message that looks like this:
Should your iPhone software not be up-to-date, click on the option to update iOS. When you’re asked to, confirm that you comply with the licensing agreement. Then, wait for your iPhone to upgrade the software. You should perform these actions when you’re connected to Wi-Fi and have enough charge on your battery. Alternatively, you should have access to a power outlet.
Reset Your iPhone Software
If you’re still without emojis, the final option is to reset your iPhone software. There are two options for doing this that we’ll explain below.
Note that both of these are quite drastic things to do, and we strongly recommend that you make a backup of your iPhone first.
To reset your iPhone:
- Go to Settings > General > Transfer or Reset iPhone.
- Select either Reset All Settings or Erase All Content and Settings (we’ll discuss both of these below).
Reset All Settings
This option keeps all apps, photos, videos, etc. on your iPhone and return the settings back to default.
It’s the best one to try first since it doesn’t delete any of your content.
Erase All Content and Settings
This second option removes everything from your device and returns it to factory settings.
It’s a sure-fire way to get the emoji keyboard back on your iPhone, but you will need to restore it from a backup afterward. So, you need to ask whether it’s worth the additional effort of completely setting up your device again.
Questions From Our Readers
Some of our readers had some interesting and valid questions that we have sought to find the answers to…
Why are there big emojis on my keyboard?
Rather than being standard emojis, these bigger versions are stickers. You’ll find a broad selection of stickers, and you can use these in several apps — including iMessage and WhatsApp.
Is there a way to just have the emoji on my screen when I’m typing texts instead of having the globe?
In recent years, Apple has made it easier to access emojis on your iPhone. You can use the smiling icon instead of holding down the globe. We’d love to see a feature where you can use : and then type the name of your emoji on iMessage, as is the case in some computer apps… but at the moment, no such option exists.
Why aren’t my emojis working, even though they’re on the screen?
There isn’t a hard and fast answer for this, but it’s possible that your device is experiencing glitches. You can always try doing a hard restart on your iPhone. These tips should help:
- How to Force Restart iPhone 14
- How to Force Restart Your iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone Pro Max
You can also check out this guide on the Apple Support website for these and other devices. If you’re still having problems, the best option is to contact Apple instead.
Use These Tips to Get the Emoji Keyboard Back on Your iPhone
Emojis are an essential part of our daily conversations, and they’re an excellent way to make your texts look more interesting. When you can no longer see the keyboard on your device, it’s needless to say that things can quickly become quite annoying.
Luckily, you can get the emoji keyboard back on your iPhone with a couple of ways. And generally speaking, it shouldn’t be a huge challenge to do so.
Danny is a freelance writer who has been using Apple products for over a decade. He’s written for some of the largest technology publications on the web and previously worked as an in-house writer before carving his own route. Danny grew up in the UK, but now writes about tech from his Scandinavian base.