How to Get Graphical Emoticons on the iPhone

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Looking at my iPhone, you can see the SMS window. I was texting Ponzi, but I wasn’t sending her text. I was sending some little graphics. I enabled this feature, and you can too! The emoticons are called Emoji’s, which are Japanese smilies or emoticons.

If you want to enable these on your iPhone, you’re more than welcome to. You don’t have to jailbreak it, honestly. The first thing you need to do is download this application to your iPhone. It’s only 99 cents, and it’s well worth it. You can use these little graphics throughout all of your iPhone applications, not just SMS.

Open up the App, and browse through it a bit. You don’t have to actually try to read what it says! Once you’re done, exit out of it, and go into your Settings. Scroll to the “General” area, and then to “International”. Go to “Keyboards”, and then scroll to “Japanese”. Once you’re there, turn on Emoji. Once you’ve done this, it’s enabled and you can use it within anything you’re doing!

I’ve noticed that the more of these I send out, the more people are freaking out and have to have it, as well. They’re just so much fun. You know you want to send your friends a smiling piece of poo! As long as you and your friend both have an iPhone, you can send each other Emoji all day long!


Ryan sent me the following email, that you definitely should read if you’re considering getting this App for yourself:

Just wanted to let you know that the new iPhone firmware (2.2.1) breaks the Emoji App. It still works fine if you installed it previously, like you did. However, if you buy the App today and try to enable it, it will not work. The developers updated the App description to say that they are working on a new version that addresses this issue.

Just wanted to let you know before you post that video you recorded up to YouTube, may save you about 500 emails.

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How to Get Emoji Emoticons in iPhone SMS Messages Easily

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

  1. Buy 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.

Skype Fun (Easter Eggs?)

I don’t run Skype all the time, but this conversation was begging to be published. How many Skype easter eggs are out there?

  • Chris Pirillo says: (flag:us)
  • Chris Pirillo says: (flag:gb)
  • Chris Pirillo says: (flag:ca)
  • Chris Pirillo says: (flag:freak)
  • Chris Pirillo says: Why can’t I fly my freak flag in Skype?!
  • Chris Pirillo says: Does Skype have something against freak flags?!
  • Chris Pirillo says: (finger)
  • Chris Pirillo says: You gotta respect any instant messaging client that lets users flip someone off.
  • Chris Pirillo says: (mooning)
  • Chris Pirillo says: This just keeps getting better and better.

I talk to myself too frequently.