How to use emojis on Apple iPhone

Many people wonder how to use emojis on an Apple iPhone after seeing a friend’s text full of smiley faces.

Pictures that are interspersed with text, are called emojis.

Why use emojis?

Text can express a lot, but pictures can make a message more fun and expressive. As the saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand words.

Emojis are a way to use little pictures to enhance texts, emails, and social media posts. Almost anywhere that words can be written.

Icons have been used to represent things and ideas for thousands of years. Emojis allow us to incorporate them into our communication again.

How to access the emoji keyboard

In apps when the keyboard is visible, an icon of a smiling face displays in the lower left corner of the keyboard.

Tapping on that icon opens the emoji keyboard.

Any emoji can be used in text messages. Tap on a picture on the screen. The emoji will be inserted.

Swiping left and right in the emoji area will display additional pictures. Try it to find all sorts of emoji.

Emoji can be sent alone or mixed with text. To send the message, tap on the up arrow.

How to use the emoji search bar?

There is a search bar at the top of the emoji keyboard. Tap the search bar to begin typing.

The emoji keyboard will narrow down the emojis displayed based on your search terms. This should make finding a particular emoji easier.

Type the word confused. Pictures categorized as confused are displayed.

Tap on the expression that you want to use to insert into your text.

Replace words with emoji

Messages highlights words that can be replaced with emoji.

  1. Open Messages and tap the Compose button  to start a new message or go to an existing conversation.
  2. Write the message, then tap the big button  or the globe Next Keyboard button on the keyboard.
  3. Some of the words will turn orange. Those words have emoji equivalents.
  4. Tap an orange word to replace it with the selected emoji. Alternative words will display.

You can transform the way you type by using emoji to express yourself

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