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How to Unlock the Hidden Emoticon Keyboard on Your iPhone

Ben Stegner 19-02-2016

Emoji are all the rage nowadays, thanks to their diverse meanings What Does This Emoji Mean? Emoji Face Meanings Explained Confused by the emojis in that text message you just got? Here are the commonly accepted meanings of popular emojis. Read More and ability to add emotion to otherwise plain text conversations. Before emoji, there were emoticons Emoticon vs. Emoji: The Key Differences Explained You know what an emoticon is, but what about an emoji? Thought they were the same? Here's how to tell emoticons and emoji apart. Read More — faces made up of plain text symbols. Emoticons were more popular before phones could handle custom images like emoji, but they haven’t totally fallen out of favor.


Case in point: there’s a hidden emoticon keyboard hidden in your iPhone right now. To access it, head to Settings > General and choose Keyboard. In this new tab, choose Keyboards, then Add New Keyboard. You’ll want to select the Japanese keyboard, followed by the Kana option.

After all this, open up anywhere you can type some text (Messages will do) and bring up the keyboard. Tap the globe icon to switch to the new Japanese keyboard, and look for the emoticon in the bottom-left corner. Tap that, then tap the corner in the top-right of your keyboard (under the Send button) and you’ll be able to view the full list of emoticons.

If you grew up using these faces, you’ll have a blast re-discovering your favorites. If you didn’t know what emoticons were before reading this article, you’ve now got a whole new world of funny faces to discover!

Find out how to access iOS 9 emoji in Android How to View & Send the New iOS 9.1 Emojis on Android Tired of seeing little boxes when your iPhone-using friends send you emojis? Well, no more. Now you can have all the emojis on your Android device too! Read More if you’re got emoji envy.


What’s your favorite emoticon face? Share your memories of these text faces in the comments!

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