How to use emoticons on your iPad or iPhone

Features Tony Crammond 12:40, Mar 30 2012

If you would like to set up and use emoticons on your iPad or iPhone then follow our simple guide

If you'd like to brighten up your iMessages or add a little bit of color and  humor to your texts and emails then you may be interested to know that you can activate and use a pretty extensive selection of emoticons on your iOS device.

To gain access to the emoticons you have to make a couple of small changes to your device, but being the benevolent souls we are we've broken the simple process down to spare you the frustration of hunting through menus, looking for the right options.

  • Pick your iOS device
  • Tap 'Settings'
  • Tap 'General'
  • Tap 'Keyboard'
  • Tap 'International Keyboards'
  • Tap 'Add New Keyboard'
  • Scroll through until you find 'Emoji' and select it
  • Have fun sending your friends cryptic pictogram's

When typing a message tap the small globe icon in the bottom left of the keyboard to switch to your Emoji keyboard and choose from the categories along the bottom. Don't forget, you can swipe left and right on each category for more emoticons!

When you're done, simply tap the globe icon again to return to your normal keyboard.

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