Q: I have an iOS device (iPad, iPhone or iPod) and the emoji keyboard is not on the list to select. Where is it?
A: Find the emoji keyboard in any app that uses the standard keyboard, like Mail or Messages. iOS offers a lot of emoji that you can use. You need to enable emoji from the keyboard settings. Go to Settings > General > Keyboards > Add New Keyboard… and select Emoji.
And With Messages in iOS 10 and above, you can send bigger emoji. If you send more than three emoji or add emoji with text, emoji adjusts to a smaller size. You can even replace words with emoji!
Tap to replace words with emoji
With iOS 10+, the Messages app shows you words that you can replace with emoji.
- Open Messages and tap on New Message icon to start a new message or tap on an existing message
- Write your message, then tap the smiley face on your keyboard
- Wait for the words to turn orange
- Tap an orange word to replace it with an emoji. If there’s more than one emoji you can use, the Quick Reply field shows you options to choose from
- When you’re ready, tap the send button to deliver
If you want to replace the emoji with the original word, just tap the emoji
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Using Predictive emoji
With Predictive text, you write and complete entire sentences with just a tap. As you type, choices for words and phrases you normally use appear. These are based on your past conversations and writing style. There are also suggestions for emoji you may want to use. To use a Predictive emoji, write your message and look for the suggested emoji in the predictive input field, then tap it to replace the word or add an emoji.
To turn off Predictive text, touch and hold your keyboard’s smiley face or globe icon. It’s as simple as that!
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