Oct 262011

Japanese users make extensive use of emoticons in their text messages and web pages. The use of these emoticons, called Emoji, is so prevalent that a standardized set of emoji icons are built into all the wireless handsets – including the iPhone.

Though Apple is known to have built the standard emoji keyboard into the iPhone since the firmware 2.0 update, this has not been made available to users outside Japan. So users outside Japan had to rely on hacks to use emoji icons on their iOS device.

However, with iOS 5, Apple finally allows users outside Japan to also use the Emoji keyboard. You can enable the Emoji by following these simple steps:

Launch the Settings app
Then go to General -> Keyboard -> International Keyboards
Tap on Add New Keyboard
And then tap on Emoji from the list of International Keyboards

Once done, you simply have to tap on the globe icon beside the space bar on the keyboard to switch to the Emoji keyboard to use the Emoji icons.

The emoji icons can be accessed while typing text messages and emails or while accessing the Notes app etc.. However, do note that these icons can only be viewed on iOS devices, so if you send it to your friend who doesn’t have an iOS device then he/she won’t see it.
Most (not all) Emoji icons work when sent to Android based smartphone.
As always, let us know how it goes.

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