845 Predefined iPhone Smileys via the Emoji Keyboard

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iPhone Smileys via Emoji Keyboard.

If you’re looking for a way of adding Smileys easily while composing messages and using your iPhone keyboard, the Emoji option is the perfect choice for you. It’s a built-in add-on for your iOS keyboard that provides no less than 845 smileys to choose from.

The icons are grouped in 5 categories, each containing multiple smiley pages. There is also a 6th category available called “Recently Used”, which allows you to easily access the most recently used smileys, that promise to enhance and animate your texts.

How To Enable Emoji Keyboard

Your iPhone doesn’t have this option enabled by default. You have to access “Settings”, navigate to “General”, tap on “Keyboard” and open the “Keyboards” tab. Now tap “Add New Keyboard” and scroll to “Emoji”. Tap on it to select and activate it.

Update: The iOS Emoji keyboard has been totally revamped starting with iOS 8.3. 300 hundred more smiley faces have been added and layout has been improved!

How To Use Emoji Keyboard

Inserting smileys in your messages, posts or statuses is now very easy. Simply tap the “Globe” icon available on the keyboard in the bottom left corner, next to the space bar and the Emoji keyboard will be activated. Navigate, and tap on a smiley when you wish to use it.
Tap the “Globe” again to return to the normal keyboard!

Tip: You can use Emojis to name iOS folders on your device’s home screen!

Emoji Keyboard Video Tutorial
For more details check this tutorial. I’ve recorded it using an iPhone 5s and iOS 7.

Related: iOS 14 brings the Emoji search feature to the iPhone!