Emoji are fun little sets of images that can be used to liven up text messages. The general design of emoji is standardised, so they’re visible on all platforms, although many platforms choose to change the art style a little. In other words, although you can send and receive a heart, for example, on both Android and iOS devices, the colour and shape might be a little different.
Emoji keyboards are the easiest way to use them – just like a regular keyboard, one emoji is assigned to each key. This guide will walk you through the process of adding the Emoji keyboard to your iPhone.
To add a keyboard, you need to open the Settings app to Settings > General > Keyboard > Keyboards. Here you can see a list of your currently installed keyboards.
To add the emoji keyboard, tap “Add New Keyboard…”, then scroll down the alphabetically sorted list and tap “Emoji”.
Tapping Emoji will immediately add the keyboard to your phone. If you want to delete it at a later time, go back to the overview of your keyboards, tap the edit button in the top right, and then the relevant red minus icon.
To use your new emoji keyboard, open the normal keyboard by starting to type somewhere. In the bar underneath your keyboard is a new smiley icon, tap that to open the emoji keyboard.
The emoji keyboard works just like any other keyboard, just tap any emoji and it will appear where you’re typing. To switch back to your default keyboard, press the ABC keyboard icon where the smiley was previously.