iPhone - Enable Emoticons

If you're iPhone is running iOS4.0 or later, Apple has made it much easier to enable emoticons on your phone.  Just follow the steps below and you'll be up and running in no time.

On your iPhone go to:

  1. Settings
  2. General
  3. Keyboard
  4. International Keyboards
  5. Add New Keyboard
  6. Select "Emoji"

Now reboot your phone and when it comes back you should see the little globe icon next to the space bar.  Select the globe and you will see your iPhone emoticons.


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Awesome & easy thank you do much!

Many thanks, that was helpful


why is it when i ask if they got the icons they say all they get is question marks??? HELP

Leslie, are the other people using iPhones too?

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Thate was really easy!!! Thanks!

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its so good

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Amazing. Danke :)

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Wow..! Great it worked..! Now it'll be cool to text ppl..!

Great! Thanks!

Yay! Now I can do the Fist Pump icon in my texts :)

/fist pumping

Perfect, thanks!

ahh i just made the switch from a blackberry and have been wondering about this. thanks!


Awesome! Thanks for putting this up and updating it!!

thanks so much! that was helpful

Thank you.

juan camaney wrote on Sunday, May 27, 2012 7:31 PM


Thx for the instructions. One ? Some people have different emoticons? How do I get those? I gave a 4s ๐Ÿ—ป

agraham wrote on Monday, June 4, 2012 6:31 AM

thanks, very simple to do

Thank you ๐Ÿ˜Š

How about when you receive :-)": - )", is there a way to see that as a smiley? Also typing the letters at times are a lot faster than the icon, it would be nice if Apple would just recognize the standard Internet smileys :-(

I like the phone, but it is amazing why common things are just not adopted for the sake of the users. That is unless there is a way to make it work???? :-)

Thank you

Thank you so much!

Thanks there are some really cute emoticons on emoji!!

Thank you! :D

Thanks very much for this tip. :-)

great stuff

Thanks! :)


thank you!


Thanks a bunch !!!

It worked a treat without rebooting the phone either.


Thanks so much! ^_^

Worked for me, no problem, no reboot either.

Many thanks :-)

now my life is complete :)


I just found this article (finally decided to look up why I wasn't able to send/receive smilies), and thank you!

Is there any way that non-apple phones are able to sync to the basic emoticons? Or, are we in an age where that just isn't happening yet?

Thanks! :)

@Shannon - So far it's only working between iPhones... :(

Jennycakes wrote on Friday, December 7, 2012 10:21 PM

Hey, thanks!!!! Didn't even have to reboot!

madhu khatri wrote on Monday, December 24, 2012 1:42 AM

thanks .. its working ....

Looks like they show up only on iPhones not smartphones

I still do not have emoticons help

Thanks a lot!


thank you so much ! it really helped :)

thank you so much ! that helped :)


Your so cool, thanks for the tip!! I wish I could be that smart!


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