How to Get Emoji Emoticons in iPhone SMS Messages Easily

Hat tip to iJustine (and Brent for letting me know):

  1. Buy http://go.tagjag.com/emoji in iTunes (.99c)
  2. Install and click through any story in the app.
  3. Go navigate through the iPhone’s Settings: General | International | Keyboards | Japanese | toggle Emoji to on
  4. SMS emoji graphics to anyone else who uses an iPhone – just click the globe symbol that should now appear in the SMS keyboard!

iPhone Emoji.jpg

There’s also a way to do this for free (but in my estimation, it’s easier to just spend .99c on the app that’ll do it for you automatically). This should get the emoticons on your iPhone SMS messages.

28 thoughts on “How to Get Emoji Emoticons in iPhone SMS Messages Easily”

  1. lol, I’ve been having WAAAYYY too much fun with this!! I would have spammed you for sure earlier with icons but didn’t have your # :P

  2. Oh awesome, thank you Chris! I’ve been looking for something that does this! 99¢ is a very small price to pay, in my opinion, too add a little more flavor and personality to typically boring old SMS messages.

  3. Funny – I see no Emoji option in iPhone settings. Nor can I get the other manual instructions to come up when in SMS or Notes.

    Uptodate iPhone (2.2). Hmmm will reboot and keep playing with the options. Will be handy with most friends on iphone.

  4. Thank you for sharing your tips with us, I was looking for many ways on adding emoji’s on the iphone without jail breaking but now i can. THANK YOU!!!!! :)

  5. I have Emoji emoticons… But I got them for free.

    This is a good thing to know. If I wasn’t poor, I would totally do this ;)

    PS
    I didn’t download them illegaly, I downloaded a plugin (jailbroken iTouch, doncha know?).

  6. Figured out 1 small missed requirement. The Japanese news reader has 2 buttons a the bottom. 1 is a word caption balloon – you have to use this button and click through comments to enable Emoji emoticons.

    Then go back into Settings – Intl – Keyboard – Japanese and you will now see a 3rd option for Emoji. Volia.

  7. It’s an interesting feature, but it irritates me that it MUST be integrated as part of the contacts list for those who have not jailbroken their iPhone. I like the feature, but I am one of those people who sync their iPhone on Windows Contacts or something. I’d keep it, but if I keep it, I have to give up an organized Windows Contacts file.

    However, this is pretty neat! I had fun for the moment until I realized this.

  8. My brother-in-law sent me an SMS with the icons and I was hooked. Downloaded and 30 seconds later I was emoticoning all over the place.

  9. Not working for me… Blank RSS page… Blank comment page… Unreadable Chinese (NOT Japanese) window pops up and closes when you push the button… $0.99 spent for nada…

  10. is there a way to make the emotions appear on facebook, from the iphone?

    i bought the app for the iphone and it just shows up as squares on facebook. any suggestions?

  11. To enable Emoji for FREE, you could also do this: (works 100%)

    1. Download Todew Lite on the App Store
    2. Create a task called “Emoji” (without quotes).
    3. Follow on-screen instructions.

  12. I think this is great if all you do is text people with iPhones but there needs to be a way to display smileys on SMS by just simply typing :) etc. Also this should be able to go to any phone like the Sony Ericsson phones do if you typed :) it would auto change to  etc.

  13. I’m on T-mobile, and have never been able to get mine to work, even though I’ve followed the directions, and have enabled it. Any ideas, or is it just for AT&T users?

  14. I see them when I go to the Notes app but when I go to text someone the option isn’r there……….

    I have a 3GS with IOS 4.0

  15. I have tried this and failed more times than I can tollerate. I will delete this app. What a waste.

  16. You’re looking in the wrong place – don’t look under Japanese keyboards, the emoji Keyboard has its own entry in the list.

  17. I used to have the emotican ever sice the latest update its gone, I have tried all these tricks Im finding online and nothing works

  18. Thanks for the reboot tip, I was already so frustrated and was getting ready to delete the app until I saw your post. They just popped up magically ;D

  19. Thanks for the reboot tip, I was already so frustrated and was getting ready to delete the app until I saw your post. They just popped up magically ;D

  20. Thanks for the reboot tip, I was already so frustrated and was getting ready to delete the app until I saw your post. They just popped up magically ;D

  21. Thanks for the reboot tip, I was already so frustrated and was getting ready to delete the app until I saw your post. They just popped up magically ;D

  22. I know this is old, but it is easy & free in the newer iOS (just came across this page):
    follow these simple steps:
    settings
    general
    keyboards
    international
    add new keyboard
    scroll until you see emoji

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