How to Enable Emoji Emoticons in iOS 5

Posted by AfroWhitey | How-to | Friday 15 June 2012 10:00 pm


Look, all the cool kids are doing it, even Jeff Winger. Everyone likes emoticons, except maybe the terrorists, and in iOS 5 you don’t even need to download an app to get them. They’re built right into the Keyboard Settings. Here’s how to enable them:

  1. Tap Settings > General > Keyboard
  2. Tap InternationalKeyboards
  3. Tap Add New Keyboard
  4. Locate and tap Emoji

Once emoji is enabled, you can access the emoji keyboard by tapping the globe icon to the right of the space bar: Globe icon

So there you go. It works on any iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch running iOS 5. Once you access the emoji keyboard, tap around the icons at the  bottom and explore a little. You can also swipe left or right to access more pages of the smiley goodness.

Why Emoji? Like a lot of the cool stuff we have in America, it came from Japan. It’s their term for the emoticons or picture characters they use in their text messages, emails, and web pages. From Wikipedia, “Originally meaning pictograph, the word literally means e ‘picture’ + moji ‘letter’. ”

 Source: Apple