How-to: Enable Emoji on your iPhone

How-to: Enable Emoji on your iPhone

Summary: I have to admit to having second thoughts about blogging about this.No, it's not some super-secret new piece of hardware that will get the attention of Apple legal, it's a simple software hack that should have been in the iPhone OS from the beginning.

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I have to admit to having second thoughts about blogging about this.

No, it's not some super-secret new piece of hardware that will get the attention of Apple legal, it's a simple software hack that should have been in the iPhone OS from the beginning.

It gave me pause because it's such a fun little hack that I didn't want to publicize it and have Apple close the loophole. Oh well, here it goes.

Emoji is the Japanese term for the picture characters or emoticons used in Japanese wireless messages and Web pages. It's common in Japan, but Apple specifically excludes it from iPhones in the U.S.

You can enable Emoji for all applications on the iPhone by installing a free application called Spell Numbers from the App Store then following these instructions.

Once you do, you'll see a new globe icon in the lower left of all keyboards on the iPhone that, when pressed, gives you access to 25 pages of Emoji icons like those pictured above. Tapping the globe again takes you back to the regular text keyboard.

Tip: Tom Hesser

Topics: Apple, Browser, Hardware, iPhone, Mobility, Wi-Fi

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  • only for iPhoners

    This is really fun. Just be careful to only send Emoji text messages to those of us in the secret society of iPhone users. Emoji text messages sent to others may result in blank text messages and/or no message received at all.
    lizinny
  • COOL!

    This should be available for everyone, just a bit of silly fun.
    nothingness
  • RE: How-to: Enable Emoji on your iPhone

    knowing EVIL Apple (who follow in Microsoft's footsteps for evil more and more each year), will no doubt block this.
    Despite the fact, after eating humble pie, HAD TO put them on iPhones sold in Japan!
    Hmmm, just like MMS, one might think.
    the arrogance of "we know everything Apple", fails again!

    now... back to trying to convince my local Apple reseller to send off my crapBook to get the CRACKED casing replaced. Wish me luck. ;-)
    scottsworld
  • RE: How-to: Enable Emoji on your iPhone

    Sweet, thanks for sharing!
    Masari.Jones
  • Late "news"

    Can't believe that it's only being "discovered" now. I've had this on for half a year now.

    Maybe you should also mention that you can remove the app Spell Numbers easily without removing the emoji. You can also switch them on and off in the International section of the settings (under Japan).
    invenio
  • For text messages, receiver needs emoji on too.

    Otherwise they just get some box icons. But it's still cool.
    i8thecat