How to Get Smiley Face Icons (Emojis) on your iDevice

iOS Emoji Keyboard


One of the many things my daughter asked me to set up on her new iPod touch were all the smiley face icons, aka Emojis.   With the iOS 5 update, Apple added this functionality to its native keyboard.  It’s simple to do if you just know where to look.

1.  From the homescreen, go to Settings.

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2. Go to General.

Emoji Setup - General

3. Scroll down and click on Keyboard.

4. Click on International Keyboard.

iOS Emoji Setup

5. Tap on “Add New Keyboard”.

iOS Emoji Setup

6. Scroll down and click on “Emoji”.

iOS Emoji Setup

7. Your iDevice is now setup to include the Emoji keyboard.

iOS Emoji Setup

Anytime you are typing where you bring up the native iOS keyboard, whether it be an email or iMessage, tap on the globe located directly to the left of the space bar.  This will bring up the Emoji keyboard and there are many icons to select from.  This even works on texting apps like WhatsApp, Viber, Kik, Bump, etc.  since all the apps use the Apple keyboard.

Perhaps you’re not into Emojis but trust me your kids will love them!

iOS Native KeyboardiOS Emoji Keyboard




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  1. Great helpful website:)

  2. Fantastic. Use Skype a lot didn’t know u could do this!

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    I’ve been trying for a while but I never seem to get there! Appreciate it

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