Get some emoji mojo on iOS

By DAVID BOYES

A NUMBER of my friends want to get some emoji mojo but they have experienced problems activating the feature on their iPhones.

So I’ve hastily put together a short, but perfectly formed, blog post to show you how to activate and use these colourful little characters within messages on your iOS device.

To those who have been living in a cave for the past few years, emojis are fun little pictures, such as smiley faces, that are placed in messages to add some extra emotion.

They are not to be confused with emoticons – pictorial representations of facial expressions using punctuation marks, numbers and letters.

Emojis originated in Japan but rapidly caught the imagination of tech-savvy kids all over the world. Now everyone, regardless of age, wants a slice of the action.

On smartphones, such as the iPhone, the characters have until recently been difficult to activate.

But emoji is now a standard international keyboard, so it should work without any hitches – and it’s good to go on Twitter messages and Facebook posts too.

One:
Settings > General

Screen shot, Apple iPhone 4s, General setting, circled in red broken line

Two:
Keyboard

Screen shot, Apple iPhone 4s, Keyboard setting

Three:
Keyboards

Screen shot, Apple iPhone 4s, Keyboards setting, circled in red broken line

Four:
Add New Keyboard

Screen shot, Apple iPhone 4s, Add New Keyboard setting, circled in red broken line

Five:
Emoji

Screenshot Apple iPhone 4s red arrow pointing to emoji setting

Once enabled, you can access the emoji keyboard by tapping the globe icon to the left of the space bar on the QWERTY keyboard. You may have to press it a few times, if you have selected (inadvertently or otherwise) other language keyboards for use.

Screenshot Apple iPhone 4s red arrow pointing to globe symbol on qwerty keyboard

Choose your icons, then send your message. Click the globe to return to your standard keyboard.

Screenshot Apple iPhone 4s emoji symbols on qwerty keyboard

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