Why are emoticons not showing up on my iPhone?

IPhone emojis

In this article we show you the reasons for Why don't emoticons appear on the iPhone?. Emoticons have been, for years, the fastest and easiest method to express emotions and feelings mainly.

With the arrival of memoji, Apple expanded the capabilities of emojis, allowing the user create custom emoticons with your face. If your device has stopped showing emojis or has never had that option, in this article we will show you the reasons and possible solutions.

Emoticons not showing up on my iPhone

iPhone emoticons not showing up

The reasons for the question why emoticons do not appear on the iPhone are summarized in 3:

  • old device
  • Device without updating to the latest version
  • The keyboard of the emojis has been deleted

old device

Apple introduced emojis with the iOS 5 release, version that did not reach the iPhone 3G. If your device does not show or allow the use of emojis, you already know why.

El iPhone 3G stayed on iOS 4. It is quite unlikely that, today, any user will be able to continue using this device.

However, it is likely that devices that hit the market later, have not been updated to newer versions which began to include support for emojis.

Device without updating to the latest version

Periodically, Apple introduces new emojis through software updates. To be able to both view and use these emojis, it is necessary to always have the latest version of iOS installed.

Not only to be able to enjoy the emojis, but because in this way, our iPhone will always be protected before any vulnerability that has been detected both in the system and in the applications that compose it.

The keyboard of the emojis has been deleted

If our device is updated to the latest version and the emojis do not appear anywhere, the problem is in the keyboard of the emojis.

If we do not have the emoji keyboard installed, it will not be possible to use them on our device. The only solution to solve this problem is to reinstall the emoji keyboard on the iPhone.

How to install the emoji keyboard on iOS

For, install a keyboard, either that of emojis or that of any other language, we must carry out the steps that I show you below:

install emoji keyboard on ios

  • We access the Settings of our device through the home screen.
  • Within Settings, click on General.
  • Next, click on Keyboard > Keyboards
  • Click on Add new keyboard.
  • In the list, we look for Emoji and click on it to install.

For, install keyboards in other languages, we must perform the same steps.

How to use emoticons on iPhone

use emoticons on iPhone

Once we have installed the emoji keyboard on the iPhone, when we access the keyboard, an emoticon icon is displayed on the screen. lower left corner of the keyboard.

Clicking on it will show both the personalized memoji that we have created, as well as the entire collection of emojis included in the version of iOS that we have installed.

use emoticons on iPhone

But, if in addition to the keyboard in Spanish and the emojis, we have installed keyboards in other languages, the icon that gives us access to the emoticons is to the right of the button which gives us access to both numbers and special characters.

If we click on the globe, the keyboard shown in the lower left corner, the keyboards will switch between all the installed ones. If we keep it pressed, a drop-down will be shown with all the installed keyboards.

How to replace words with emojis in texts on the iPhone

As we type in any app, iOS automatically suggests an emoji based on the word that we have written in the suggestion bar. If we want to use that emoji, we just have to click on it and the word will be replaced by the emoji.

If we are lucky enough that our circle of friends uses Apple's messaging platform, Messages, we don't have to click on the emoticons that the keyboard suggests, since the application automatically allows us to replace the words with emojis.

If we want to take advantage of this functionality of the Messages application, we must carry out the steps that I show you below:

  • We write the text in a conversation that we have already created or create a new one.
  • Then we switched to the emoji keyboard clicking on the icon that represents them.
  • Next, our device will parse all the words in the text and will show us in orange the words that have their corresponding emoji.
  • By clicking on the words in orange, we will automatically replace the word by the corresponding emoji.

How to use emoticons on the Mac

use emoticons on mac

Apple makes available to all macOS users, lthe same series of emoticons available on iOS, including the different versions according to the color of the skin.

If you're using the latest version of macOS, you can use the same emoticons available in the latest version of iOS available. If not, you can only useos that Apple has introduced in the version you are using.

Unlike iOS, if we want to access the emojis, we can not change keyboard, but we have to, to access, we have to use a keyboard shortcut from the cursor position where we want to add the emoticon.

Once we have placed the cursor where we want to place one or more emoticons, we will press the keys Control + Command ⌘ + Space bar. By clicking on each of them, they will be displayed in the text.

With this keyboard shortcut, we can also write pictograms, technical symbols, bullets, standard signs and symbols like ⌘ ⎋ ⏎ ⎆ ⎉ ⍶ ► ◻︎ ® ☎︎

How to add a keyboard on iPhone

  • We access the Settings of our device through the home screen.
  • Within Settings, click on General.
  • Next, click on Keyboard > Keyboards
  • Click on Add new keyboard.
  • In the list, we look for the name of the language we want to install as a keyboard and click on it to install.

How to remove a keyboard on the iPhone

remove a keyboard on iPhone

  • We access the Settings on the iPhone from the home screen.
  • We go to the menu General.
  • Next, click on Keyboard > Keyboards
  • To remove a keyboard we slide it toward the left and click on Eliminate.

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