Emoji support added in iOS 5 SMS and iMessage 👍

Andy Coles

By Andy Coles

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Emoticons aren't exactly cutting edge, but I've always had a soft spot for them. I always found it odd when composing text messages on an iPhone that my emoticons weren't automatically converted. Thankfully, we can now turn the emoji option on in iOS 5.

How to add the Emoji keyboard

Emoji settings for SMS and iMessages on iOS 5
Emoji settings for SMS and iMessages on iOS 5

In iOS 5, emoji can be switched on as follows:

  • Open the "General Settings" menu
  • Under "Keyboard" goto "International Keyboards"
  • Select "Add New Keyboard" and then select "Emoji" from the list

This should then add emoji as part of your keyboard and character sets to be used in your messages.

Which emoji are available?

There are many emoji to choose from, like smilies, laughing, crying and winking faces. There are event and location-based emoji to express yourself with. Check out the screen-shot below:

Emoticons types for SMS and iMessages on iOS5
Emoticons types for SMS and iMessages on iOS5

About the author

Andy Coles has been building and documenting iPhone Backup Extractor since it was first released. He's made a number of discoveries in the field of data recovery, most notably techniques for transferring data between iPhone backups.

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thanks for this tip, had no idea

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