Using Emoji Characters in iOS

You've heard the saying "A picture is worth a thousand words". Here's one I made up along those lines.... "An emoji is worth a hundred words".

Today's Tech Talk entry comes from a reader question, "How do I turn on and use emojis?". For those who don't already use emojis, it's a great question! Originally meaning "pictograph", the word "emoji" literally means "picture" (e) + "letter" (moji). The concept originated in Japan,  but quickly spread throughout the world, especially with those who text. It has become mainstream to the point that Apple has made it part of iOS as a built-in keyboard. Using emoji is easy to enable and even easier to use, yet it can really help to communicate your feelings in a visual way.

To enable the emoji keyboard, go to Settings > General > Keyboard > Keyboards. By default, you will always have at least one keyboard enabled (most likely "English"). We'll need to add a new keyboard by tapping "Add New Keyboard...". Scroll down to find the "Emoji" keyboard, then tap to add. Your keyboard screen should now look like this:

 

If you think enabling the keyboard was easy, using the emoji keyboard is even easier. While typing text, you will notice a new button to the left of your space bar that looks like a globe (this indicates that you have multiple keyboards enabled). Simply tap this button to show your emoji keyboard. Now, just tap the emojis as if they were letters to insert into your text or email. Here's an example of what it will look like:

 

As you can see, the keyboard is broken down into several categories, each category having multiple pages of emoji options. Take a minute to browse through them.

You can use the same set of emojis on your computer. Click here to find out how. 

Posted on September 9, 2013 and filed under How To, Design, iOS, iPad, iPhone.