How to Make a Memoji on iPhone

Dec 19, 2018 - 7 Comments

How to Make Memoji on iPhone

Want to make your own custom Memoji on an iPhone? Of course you do! Memoji are the custom version of Animoji, the quirky cartoony digital avatars available in the Messages app for new iPhones.

The fun thing about Memoji is that you can create a completely customized Memoji that can look like almost any character you set your mind to, with custom hair styles, skin, eye wear, head wear, eyes, lips, brows, nose, and many smaller customizations for each defining trait. You can make a little cartoon avatar of yourself, or of a character, or just create a completely unique avatar. After you make a Memoji, then using Memoji is the same as using Animoji, but first you have to create one to use.

This tutorial will show you the process of setting up and making your own unique Memoji on an iPhone.


The Memoji feature requires an iPhone XS Max, iPhone XS, iPhone XR, iPhone X, or newer model iPhone, with iOS 12 or later. This device limitation also applies to Animoji, as the feature does not exist on any older iPhone models, any iPad, or any Mac (yet anyway).

How to Create a Memoji on iPhone

Ready to make a custom Memoji? Here’s how the creation process works:

  1. Open the Messages app on iPhone
  2. Messages

  3. Open any message conversation thread with any person you’d like to send a Memoji to
  4. Tap on the Apps button to show the app icon bar in Messages (if it’s hidden)
  5. How to make custom Memoji on iPhone

  6. Find and tap on the Monkey icon to open the Animoji section
  7. Open the Animoji messages app

  8. Swipe over on the Animoji icons until you access “New Memoji” and tap on that
  9. Make new Memoji

  10. Start making your custom Memoji, you can customize skin, hair, head shape, eyes, lips, nose, brows, ears, facial hair, headwear, eyewear, and colors for each of those
  11. Making custom Memoji Animoji on iPhone

  12. When satisfied with your Memoji custom Animoji, tap on “Done” in the upper right corner to save it
  13. Make a Memoji Animoji on iPhone

  14. You can now record little Memoji clips with your custom Memoji, just like any other Animoji, tap the red button in the corner to start recording your Memoji clip
  15. Record your custom Memoji message

  16. When finished capturing your Memoji clip, tap the red stop button
  17. Tap the arrow button to send the Memoji to the current contact in Messages

The Memoji clip arrives to the receiving person like any other Animoji would.

If the recipient is on a new enough iPhone model, the Memoji will play automatically, with the animated Memoji character and any audio you record with it. If the recipient is on an older iPhone, a Mac, iPad, or Android, the Memoji will arrive as a video clip that has to be played manually instead.

Once you save your Memoji you can use the same Memoji with anyone else in your contacts list, just select the Memoji character from the Animoji section of Messages as usual. In this regard, using an existing Memoji is exactly the same as using an Animoji in Messages on the iPhone.

You can also edit any Memoji at any time if you want to customize your Memoji or update it. If you want to preserve your original masterpiece Memoji, you can duplicate them and then make edits to the copied Memoji as well.

Memoji hats

Or you can simply create a new Memoji at any time. Creating multiple Memoji can be a fun way to use the goofy feature in iOS, since you can really create some ridiculous looking characters.

How to make a custom Memoji

If you create a particularly exciting Memoji that you’re proud of, remember you can convert an Animoji or Memoji to GIF with the Shortcuts app on iOS, which lets the Memoji sequence repeat endlessly automatically when sent to another person, even if they’re on an older iPhone, Mac, iPad, Android, or otherwise.

Custom Memoji gif

How you want to use the Memoji feature is up to you, but surely you’ll have some fun with it. So grab your compatible iPhone, make a Memoji, and have at it. You’re sure to get some laughs.

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Posted by: Paul Horowitz in iPhone, Tips & Tricks

7 Comments

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  1. RamDoubler says:

    I wish the faceID camera would be able to make automatically a first draft of Memoji then we would just have to edit it a bit.

  2. RA XA says:

    Hey Paul,
    These Animoys are very interesting for me and for sharing, but I didn’t find such on my iPhone, maybe they
    are on lPhones X and newest, anyway I have got a gif maker and it is absolutely amazing! After upgrade it made a lot of versions of Gifs, even Time Lapse!
    Thanks for sharing your great Tips, i‘m Very appreciate!
    Have a nice Day and take care!
    Friendly regards from 🇦🇹

    • Louie says:

      Indeed. Animojis are only available on the iphone X and later models that have face recognition tech (used for face id), and presumably on the latest iPad Pro models now also featuring the same face recognition technology as the afroremnentioned iphone models.

  3. expobill says:

    this is why i’m not upgrading my ipad and stopped using apple software because they care about this stupid emoji environment while other products they made do not perform as the should. itunes is a joke on any OSX now and their photo, quicktime and safari will not perform to today’s computing standards!

  4. Om Mm says:

    The juvenile things like ANIMOJI and MEMOJI are very curious to me.

    Who are these features made for? Teenagers? But how many teenagers have $800$-1500 premium iPhones that support these features?

    • Ian T says:

      “how many teenagers have $800$-1500 premium iPhones that support these features?

      A heck of a lot of them. How? Because they or parents, take out extended contracts and pay big sums on a monthly basis.

      Some might also argue that if you’re paying these prices, you should get “extras” that other phones don’t have. And it’s harmless. I won’t ever use this feature….. so what?

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