My niece has an iPhone 5. I do not. I have an iPhone 4. The iPhone 5 has built in emoticons you can use in your text messages. Mine does not.
So my niece takes great joy in adding emoticons to every text message she sends me. And we’re not talking your average smiley face. She adds goats and cities and bulging biceps.
I should probably clarify here about what an emoji is. An emoji is a small animation you can add into your text messages or emails. People usually call them emoticons, but they’re actually called emoji’s. Emoticons are using your keyboard to create a replica of facial expressions or emotions. Like this 🙂 or this 🙁 Or the more elaborate Japanese emoticons I showed you yesterday.
I was so upset about not having emoticons I took to making my own.
THEN I discovered that the older iPhones DO have the ability to add hundreds of different emojis to your texts, emails and tweets! You just have to know how to enable them.
1. Go to settings.
2. Hit General.
3. Hit Keyboard.
4. Hit Keyboards.
5. Select Add New Keyboard.
6. Select Emoji
7. The page will automatically go back to your keyboard page showing you your new keyboard.
8. Start a new email or text message. When you want to insert an emoji hit the globe.
9. Add your emojis.
I still think *my* personalized photo emojis are much more unique and interesting, but until I can figure out a way to twist myself into a “goat” or “red touch tone phone with push buttons”, I’m gonna stick to the ones that came with the iPhone.