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Turning on the Emoji keyboard in iOS 5

The iPhone’s lack of Emoji characters used to be a sore spot for some, with complex workarounds required to enable access on Western devices. Now, with iOS 5, accessing your iOS device’s built-in Emoji keyboard is a simple as can be. To do so, open the Settings app, tap on General, tap on Keyboard, and tap on International Keyboards. On the next screen, tap on Add New Keyboard and select Emoji from the list. Once that’s done, you’ll be able to access the full library of Emoji icons from the standard keyboard by tapping the globe icon.

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Any good apps for adding to this collection?  I’ve looked around but it seems all there are are duplicates of these.

Posted by Jerry Ferguson on March 6, 2012 at 10:44 AM (CST)


I’ve been using “Emoji Free!” for a long time.  Works great.


Posted by sb on March 6, 2012 at 6:42 PM (CST)


@ SB,
but this is Emoji already included.  lol

Posted by Scottrey on March 8, 2012 at 12:49 PM (CST)


@ Scottrey,

I’ve been using “Emoji Free” for several years as well so I checked and didn’t find/see Emoji already included.  Can you clarify?

Posted by MisterGSF on March 8, 2012 at 4:30 PM (CST)


I sent a text to another person whose phone isn’t an iPhone. She said none of the icons (5 total) came through. Does they only work between iPhones or what?

Posted by JJR512 on March 18, 2012 at 1:18 PM (CDT)

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