How-to: Get emoticons in iMessage and iOS 5

How-to: Get emoticons in iMessage and iOS 5

Summary: Dozens of emoticons, right there on the keyboard!

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I've been getting quite a few question along the lines of the following in my mailbox over the past few days:

Can I use emoticons in iMessage?

Can I use emoticons in iOS 5?

Yes you can. In fact, iOS 5 on the iPhone and iPad allows you to switch to a keyboard made up entirely of emoticons and allows you to use them all over the place!

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Here's how to activate them.

Click Settings > General > Keyboard

Click International Keyboards then select the Emoji keyboard.

With that done all that remains is for you to switch between the two keyboards. You do this using this button:

Doing that for the first time brings up this notification:

Then you get the keyboard ... and it's pretty cool!

There are a load of emoticons to choose from (click here to see them all). You can use these all over the place, but remember that they'll only display properly on iOS devices, so if you use them in say the Twitter app, only other iOS users will be able to see them properly, so use them with care!

Enjoy!

See all iOS 5 emoticons! -->

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  • RE: How-to: Get emoticons in iMessage and iOS 5

    Why won't these emoticons post correctly on ZDNet Talkback sections?
    kenosha77a
  • RE: How-to: Get emoticons in iMessage and iOS 5

    This was actually helpful... I had pele asking me how to do this stuff!
    slickjim
  • RE: How-to: Get emoticons in iMessage and iOS 5

    Cool keyboard. Although be careful if you're sending text messages to a non-Apple phone. They might not support all of the emoticons.
    CobraA1
  • Is this new?

    I live in Japan and we have had this functionality, Emoji keyboard, since iPhone 3. So is this something new outside Japan i.e. now Emoji is included for all iPhones?
    Nihon8888
  • RE: How-to: Get emoticons in iMessage and iOS 5

    FYI these characters will not appear if you send texts to people whose phones do not support emoji. Second, these are two byte characters so the character length of your texts is reduced in half, even if you only use ONE character
    ebernet
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  • Emoticons for iOS

    I think this is a ridiculous article. I mean, great, I know that millions have iPhones, but iPhone owners are in the minority of my business and personal contacts. So, if I send the Emoji emoticons they just get a black box. Apple bigots act like Apple walks on water and can do no wrong. They couldn't simply implement (in addition to Emoji if you like) the standard emoticons that virtually all mobile devices already know how to handle?? :-( :-* :-P :-)
    cdwhnj